"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 over 25 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.

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 Counselling service.

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As one of Northern Ireland’s fastest growing areas, the unique mix of cultures and nationalities in and around Dungannon means that the Centre works with women from over 20 nationalities and employs bilingual staff in our recently refurbished onsite crèche to support participants and their children. This all contributes to the warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere of the Centre in which everyone is made feel welcome.

As these ladies who attend the Centre summed it up:

“The Women’s Centre is a brilliant welcoming place to meet new friends. Coming to the Women’s Centre makes you feel very good and doing courses, I have learnt so much. Thank you.”
"There is such a lovely feeing when you come through the door. It’s 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"  

As a registered charity, FSWC is managed by a Board of Voluntary Directors drawn from all sections of the community. Always eager to develop and grow, FSWC is keen to recruit new directors who are passionate about helping women to develop and fulfil their unrealised potential. Please contact FSWC if you feel you can contribute by becoming a director.

Positively contributing to all aspects of the Community, FSWC employs 17 staff and 18 tutors and offers over 60 training courses per year from Life Skills programmes such as English for Speakers of other languages (ESOL), Improve your English to Wellbeing courses. In 2023/14 the Centre provided one-to-one employment progression support assisting women into employment or self-employment.

Annually FSWC hosts a variety of community events including Job Fair days, International Women’s Day Celebration, Christmas Coffee Mornings, Open Days, quiz nights and Volunteer events.

Our training and education subjects include:

English - Improve your English  and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

Wellbeing - Yoga , Pilates, Building Self Confidence, dancing, dealing with anxiety and depression, meditation and more

Refurbishment
In 2017 we received a refurbishment grant from the Big Lottery funded Space & Place programme, together with support from the Department of Communities and ASDA , and created a new facility to include our own onsite Creche, separate Computer Suites, Training Rooms and extended Conference Room.  Click here to read more.

First Steps Women's Centre courses have a first class, on-site Childcare facility which has a daily capacity of 16 places. We also provide Transport in our 13 seater Mini-Bus.

Testimonials from women who attended courses at First Steps Women's Centre

For an Application Form  Click Here 

FSWC is a legally registered charity with HM Revenue & Customs and also a legal company, registered with Companies House in Belfast. 

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Lottery Funded Mid Ulster Council  Executive office with web address
This Project is part-funded by the European Union and the Department of Employment and Learning