"Supporting women's professional and personal development through education and training."
First Steps Women’s Centre (FSWC) has provided a unique service to women in Mid-Ulster for almost 20 years. Based in Dungannon, the Centre provides education and training, support and guidance, along with exceptional opportunities and friendship to women across Mid-Ulster. Up to 300 women per year access training across a wide range of vocational areas which is funded under the European Social Fund (ESF) by Department for the Economy and Department for Communities.
First Steps Women's Centre has received funding under the Northern Ireland European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 Programme for it's Project "Women Towards Education & Employment" which aims to provide training, education and support services to over 600 women in Mid- Ulster.
Project Overview: To provide a holistic personalised programme to up-skill and empower unemployed and economically inactive women for the workplace.
to reduce unemployment by assisting those furthest from the labour market to overcome their barriers to accessing and sustaining employment
combat economic inactivity by helping individuals to make the transition towards the labour market
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.