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The Creche have been very busy this Autumn! 

In September the children were settling back in and "Getting to know you" and in October they were preparing for "Hallowe'en and Harvest!"

Looks like lots of fun!

Global citizen alert

The crisis in Afghanistan displaced thousands, forced schools to close, and left millions of girls wondering if their right to a quality education will be upheld. On the other side of the world, children in Haiti still face school closures and devastation after an earthquake last month.

Challenges like these on top of an unfolding COVID-19 education crisis mean that children caught up in disasters, particularly girls, need our help more than ever to protect their futures.

 We are delighted to welcome our students and children back for our new term this year!

Amazon smile app website

AmazonSmile customers can now support First Steps Women's Centre in the Amazon shopping app on iPhones and Android phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, update your app. Click here for instructions.

 

Our Childcare Staff have been busy over the winter months keeping in contact with the Mums and children via Zoom.

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grief and bereavement

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Involvement Coordinator via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel: 0800 917 0222

 

Covid 19 app

Information courtesy of Patient & Client Council

 

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.

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.

Women's Aid  (Mid Ulster Contact No 028 8676 9300)

Practical and emotional support is provided to women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence who choose to remain at home or in a community setting through a floating support service.

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.

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!

Successful Benefits Checker claims
Since September 2012 £331,745.16

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This Project is part-funded by the European Union and the Department of Employment and Learning