- Confident women empowered to participate in and influence society
- Supporting women’s professional and personal development through education and training
- We value integrity, honesty and recognise our unique contribution
- We welcome all equally
- We value accountability and promote quality through continued reflection and improvement
- We use a person centred approach, realising individual potential
"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.
FSWC works tirelessly to remove barriers to learning and inclusion women experience by providing additional services such asTransport, an onsite Crèche, confidential Counselling and Benefit Checker support.
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.
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
Over £320,000 Additional Benefit identified for people living in Dungannon and surrounding area in past 48 Months The Benefit Checker Service has been in operation since September 2012. In less than 3 years this service has helped many people in need. These include pensioners, single parents and families whose parent or parents have suffered a drop in income e.g. through loss of employment.
At present the total additional benefits identified and claimed has surpassed £320,000.. Additional benefits identified include amongst others Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Disability Living Allowance, Family Tax Credit and Attendance Allowance.
Chief Executive Michael McGoldrick stated “This confidential service evolved out of a real need to help women and their families who were struggling to cope with the complexity of the benefits system. We saw how stressed and confused people were, when trying to understand what benefits they were entitled to.