First Steps Womens Centre Dungannon

First Steps Womens Centre Dungannon

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International Women's Day 2017

International Women's Day 1

First Steps Women's Centre (FSWC) celebrated International Women's Day with a SingTonicity session.  Siobhan and Anne had already delivered their singing workshop here back in 2015.

The morning began with an inspirational speech from our Project Manager Yvonne Corbett. Yvonne gave a brief history of International Women's Day (IWD) and how it began way back in 1909 to celebrate Women's role in society. IWD has officially been celebrated since 1975 but it has only been in the last few years that local organisations have really began celebrating women and how important their role is especially in family life.  

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First Steps Quiz

Quiz in Dungannon Rugby Club 2017

Our annual Quiz took place in Dungannon Rugby Club on Thursday 9th February 2017.

A great night was had by all and we made just under £600!

Many thanks to all those who attended!!

Looking forward to next year's already.


Successful Job Fair!

Job Fair

Our first ever Job Fair which was held on Thursday 26th January 2017 was a fantastic success!!

Thanks to all Employers and Support Organisations who attended.  We had some fabulous positive feedback-

Amy from The McAvoy Group said "This was a very well run event and very beneficial to the local community.  We would love to get involved again!"  

Alison from Newell Stores said "We are very happy to take part in a local Job Fair.  Our team is our biggest asset and we are always looking to employ enthusiastic and flexible individuals.  We had an excellent response from the Job Fair".

The Job Fair commenced at 11.00am and by 11.30am the place was buzzing with enthusiastic men and women looking career opportunities!

£343,730 Space & Place award for First Steps Women’s Centre


Space & Place Funding

First Steps Women's Centre in Dungannon is celebrating a funding windfall following a grant of £343,730 from the Big Lottery funded Space & Place programme. The group is one of thirteen organisations across Northern Ireland receiving a share from a funding pot of £4.3 million, the largest amount awarded to date by Space & Place in any round.

First Steps Women's Centre plans to use the funding to renovate and expand its current premises. The work will also see the transformation of an abandoned mill located underneath the centre which will add to the available space. When complete, the project will provide a new permanent crèche facility, computer suites, a counselling room, multi-purpose training rooms, enterprise and therapy rooms as well as a larger kitchen and conference room.

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Rosemary Barton MLA Visit

Fermanagh and South Tyrone Ulster Unionist MLA Rosemary Barton recently visited the First Steps Women's Centre in Dungannon. Mrs. Barton said: “I was privileged to visit the Women’s Centre and see first hand the work they carry out for women right across the community.  They provide an excellent service and I would encourage you to show them support".

Rosemary is a former school teacher (Maths & IT) and was very impressed with our facilities.  She visited our Childcare and all our classes - Vocational Studies, ESOL, Essential Skills Literacy and Digital Photography.  Rosemary happily chatted to the ladies in the classes and even helped judge a Digital Photography competition!

 Many thanks Rosemary and please keep promoting the great work we do here!


New Students

A massive welcome to all our new students!!

Everyone has settled in well and enjoying their FSWC experience.

 Yoga and Sew Good Students Sept 2016

IT Classes Sept 2016

Great Start to our Open Days

We had a great start to our Open Days on Tuesday 9th August 2106 with Lidl Chef Ian Orr.  

First Steps Women's Centre won the group section of the Lidl Community Works Campaign which made a generous donation to help fund the fantastic work we do here.  As 2016 is the Northern Ireland year of food and drink, Lidl provided the food and their Chef Ian Orr to come along and give a cookery demonstration - in fact he gave THREE cookery demonstrations!

As you can see we had a great audience who thoroughly enjoyed Ian's recipes!  

Open Day - Day 1

Walking Group Photo

What a great day for the ladies in our Walking Class!!!  They all enjoyed the beautiful sunshine while walking around Parkanaur today.

Let's hope this good weather continues ladies!!

Digital Photography Class

The Digital Photography ladies who received prizes from their Tutor Patricia Hynds (Tr@inIT)

Anne-Marie Rice - Family
Mae Taggart      - Baby
Maria Soares      - Family
Anne Slevin       - Scenery

Well done ladies!!!

New Notice Board

New Notice Board

We have been busy organising a new Noticeboard.

Thanks to Bernie (Informations officer) and Barbara (Progression Worker) with the decorating and Franco kindly took time out of his busy schedule to apply his DIY skills!

We think it is a Great job - do you??

Denise Mullen SDLP Visits FSWC

Denise Mullen SDLP

Denise Mullen, Mid Ulster SDLP Councillor called into the Centre on Monday 28th September 2015.

The Councillor witnessed for herself the amount of educational programmes offered and the volume of women attending classes here. We had 5 different classes with 79 women in attendance!

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Tesco Creche Donation

Tesco Dungannon Childcare Donation

A massive THANK YOU to Tesco Dungannon for their very kind donation of childcare essentials for our Creche!!  

As we have over 40 children availing of our facility each week, these essentials will be very much needed.

As the Tesco slogan states - "Every little helps!"





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