First Steps Women’s Centre

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Due to the extreme nature of the COVID-19 virus and government advice to reduce social interaction,
First Steps Women's Centre is closed until further notice. Staff will be working from home.

If you have any queries you can email Michael McGoldrick, Chief Executive at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stay safe and God Bless you all.

Doctors of the World are really pleased to be able to share with you Coronavirus (Covid 19) guidance for patients in 21 languages. So far we have: English, Albanian, Dari, French, Pashto, Portuguese, Bengali, Vietnamese, Kurdish Sorani, Mandarin, Hindi, Urdu, Spanish, Portuguese, Malayalam, Turkish and Farsi. Amharic, Tigrinya, Somali and Arabic coming soon!

Please find them here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=193qQN9l04Dvf0N9L5zeWTiXK_DRbrAxg

The guidance is based on the government's updated advice and health information. We really hope it will help to ensure this important guidance reaches migrant and asylum-seeking communities in the UK.

We would be happy if you could please share these with your patients, service users and your networks widely so that we reach all communities who would like this crucial information in their own language.

If you know someone who would find emails on this subject useful, then please do forward this to them.

Chinese Dragon Footprints

Our Creche have been very busy these last two weeks making this Ratty Dragon to coincide with the Chinese New Year.

The Dragon is made from large bubble wrap and the children had great fun decorating it with their feet! 

Well done to the children and our Staff!

 

 

 

Helena and Jackie Level 5

Congratulations to our Childcare Leader Helena and Assistant Leader Jacqueline on their recent Pearson Edexcel Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children's Care, Learning and Development (Management).

The girls have made time for their studies while working in our busy Creche throughout the year!

Well done ladies - very well deserved!

East Timor Ladies 

Our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students are learning about the different cultures of their fellow class mates.

Today we are learning about East Timor.  Class students Sonia da Costa and Arsenia Guterres are proudly displaying their national costumes.

Looking fabulous ladies!!

Lithuanian culture 

Our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students are learning about the different cultures of their fellow class mates.

Today they are learning about Lithuania and Rita Brazeviciene and Sarema Kieziate have kindly dressed up for the day!

Looking fabulous ladies!

Benefit Checker available

FSWC's FREE Benefit Check Service has idenified over £51,000 in additional benefits for men and women in the Mid-Ulster area.

As you can see from the above report, there has been 72 new referrals to our Service for the financial year ending 31st March 2018.  This means that people are still unaware of the benefits they are entitled to.  

Since Universal Credit has been computerised, we have been inundated with calls from people with little or no computer experience.  This has also made it more difficult for our foreign national neighbours making this a necessary and vital service.

If you or someone you know would like to avail of this FREE service, please contact Gillian on (028) 8772 7648.

Please Note:  This Service is only available on Thursdays & Fridays.

Michael & Yvonne with Asda 

Following a donation of £35,000, Asda Cookstown General Store Manager, Peter Beckett, and Asda Cookstown Community Champion, Janice Gibson, were delighted to attend the recent opening of the refurbished First Steps Women’s Centre in Dungannon on behalf of the Asda Foundation.

Aimed at transforming the lives of local women, the First Steps Women’s Centre provides educational and training support, alongside health and well-being services. As a direct result of the donation from Asda, the centre was able to improve the on-site facilities for service users through an extensive refurbishment project, including extending its childcare facilities.

ABANDONED MILL MAKES WAY FOR NEW NATIONAL LOTTERY FUNDED FIRST STEPS WOMEN’S CENTRE

A women’s group in Dungannon has transformed an abandoned mill in the town with the help of National Lottery funding, creating a facility which is set to help improve the lives of women living in the Mid-Ulster area, and those newly arrived to the community.

First Steps Women’s Centre, an organisation which has worked for twenty years with women to help enhance their life prospects, is celebrating the launch of the new facility having received £350,000 in funding from the Big Lottery Funded Space & Place Programme.

 

Pre ESOL Library visit 

 Pre ESOL tea and coffee

The Pre-ESOL Class paid a visit to Dungannon Library today.  Elizabeth kindly gave us a detailed tour of each floor and the great facilities on offer.

  • Computers are available to children (under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult) 
  • Books are available in all languages
  • Any book can be ordered in any language.
  • There are books available for the Excelerated Reading Progamme which encourages children to read by making it fun.
  • Rhythm & Rhyme (0-4 years) Every Friday  10.30am & 11.15am and Saturday 11.00am.
  • Knit & Natter every Thursday morning from 10.00am - just drop in.
  • Basic one-to-one computer lessons - need to book
  • Free tea/coffee/newspapers 
  • Student study area on the top floor (16+)

After our visit to the Library the ladies enjoyed tea and biscuits in La Scala restaurant, Ranfurly House.

Space and Place Visit

It was lovely to welcome the Space and Place people here today.  

After tea and scones and an update from Project Manager Yvonne Corbett they had a wee duke at our on-going renovation work which they are kindly sponsoring.

As you can see they were all well impressed!

Renovations week 5

We had a wee visit to see how the renovations were getting on last Thursday (before we left in the snow!).

Things are progressing nicely and it's amazing how the place has changed already.

Exciting times!

News Release 13 February 2018

Asda Foundation    

First Steps Women’s Centre in Dungannon is the latest local group to benefit from Asda Foundation support following a donation of £35k.

Aimed at transforming the lives of local women, the First Steps Women’s Centre provides educational and training support, alongside health and well-being services.

As a direct result of the donation, the centre is able to progress with a building refurbishment project, which will allow it to extend its childcare facilities for service users.

Site Meeting 

Exciting times!!  Work has finally begun on our renovation thanks to Spaces & Places!  We will keep you posted with updated photos.

ESOL Hill of the O'Neill visit

The ESOL ladies enjoyed a visit to the Hill of the O'Neill today courtesy of NI Executive funding.

As you can see the ladies enjoyed their history of Dungannon!

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