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The Organisation

"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 23 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.

FSWC works tirelessly to remove barriers to learning and inclusion women experience by providing additional services such as Transport, a fantastic onsite Childcare Facility and a Benefit Checker service which is available to both men and women.

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First Steps Women's Centre has 16 staff members made up as follows - The Chief Executive, Project Manager, Training & Education Co-ordinators (2), Progression Officer, Monitoring Officer, Recruitment Officer, Lfe Skills Co-ordinator, Participant Liaison Officer, Childcare Staff (5), Transport Co-ordinator and Housekeeper.

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Chief Executive
Michael McGoldrick

Yvonne2
Project Manager
Yvonne Corbett


Carmel2
Training & Education
Co-ordinator
Carmel Creaney


Amanda2
Training & Education
Co-ordinator

Amanda Boyd

Michael joined the Team in 2007 having previously worked for the Prince's Trust.
Yvonne joined the team in 2008 and is responsible for  running our new programme "Women Towards Education & Employment"
Carmel joined the team in October 2016. She coordinates  the Life Skills courses.
Amanda promotes looking after your Mental Health & Well-being; sourcing, procuring and organising future programmes.
       

Bernie2Recruitment Officer 
Bernie Mallon.


Monitoring Officer -
Joanne Orr

Marion2Progression Officer
Marion Murphy


Theresa2
Finance Assistant
Theresa Boyle

 

Bernie joined the team in September 2009. She is responsible for promoting the Centre via Website, advertising, attending events and all social media 
Joanne is responsible for all Monitoring forms/reports and assists the Project Manager.
Marion provides support and guidance in attending interviews, assists clients with application forms, identifies progression routes into employment, volunteering, training or education & provides mentoring and support.
  Theresa first joined the team 3 years ago as a Volunteer and is now a valuable Staff member
       
Franco2
Transport Co-ordinator
Franco Donnelly
Ingrid2
Participant Liaison Officer 

Ingrid Bell
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Life Skills Coordinator
Gillian Steenson
Helena2
Childcare Leader
Helena Elmoustaghit
Franco joined the team in May 2013 after Volunteering for 1 year. He co-ordinates transport.
After volunteering for 2 years, Ingrid joined the team in November 2017.  As well as "holding the fort" in Reception, Ingrid  provides invaluable admin support. Gillian joined the team in July 2011. She provides Benefit, EMA and Universal Credit information to both men and women three days a week. Helena joined the team in 2007.  She was appointed Childcare Leader in September 2012.
       
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Childcare Assistant Leader
Jacqueline Donnelly

Carla2
Childcare Assistant
Carla Dias

Dominika2
Childcare Assistant
Dominika Dykiert
Geidre2
Childcare Assistant
Giedre Blair
Jacqui hails from Leitrim and joined the team in September 2012, assisting Helena in the smooth running of the Childcare. Carla hails from Portugal and joined the team in September 2012.  Dominika hails from Poland and joined the team in August 2015
Giedre hails from Lithuania and joined the team in August 2015.
       
 
Housekeeper
Sonata Slajiene




 

 

 
  Sonata also hails from Lithuania.  She joined the team in March 2007 and keeps the premises spotlessly clean!      

 

First Steps Womens Centre relies on donations and funding to provide Educational Courses, Life Skilss and Health Promotion services.

If you would like to contribute click on the Donate button

"There is such a lovely feel when you come through the door.  Its so homely and when I am there I don't want to go home!   When I did my first ever course (confidence building) I thought to myself Why have i not been here before? and Why was I holding back?  Everyone is so nice and very friendly. It's so relaxing".

 "I have to say only for first steps I wouldn't be working today, it was yourselves got me up and running again..."

At present FSWC is managed through a Board of Directors that meets 8-10 times per year. The Board are the legal guardians and custodians of FSWC and can be made up of professional people who have a genuine interest in the welfare of the Centre.

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Successful Benefits Checker claims
Since September 2012 £331,745.16

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Lottery Funded Mid Ulster Council  Executive office with web address
This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy