News Release 13 February 2018
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.
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!
First Steps Women’s Centre (FSWC) recently launched the Women Towards Education & Employment Programme – a three year programme part-funded by Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) and the European Social Fund (ESF).
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.
First Steps Women's Centre
21a William Street
- Telephone: 028 8772 7648
Michael McGoldrick - Chief Executive Officer
Yvonne Corbett - Project Manager
Carmel Creaney - Training & Education Co-Ordinator
Amanda Boyd - Training & Education Co-Ordinator
Gillian Steenson - Life Skills Co-Ordinator
Bernie Mallon - Recruitment Officer
FSWC is offering a FREE Benefit Check Service.
Do you know what Benefits you may be entitied to? We are now offering a Benefit Check service at the Centre. We have successfully claimed over £270,000.00 since September 2012!
- Help complete benefits forms
- Signpost for specialist advice
- Provide training on how to manage your money
This service is run in association with Mid Ulster Council, Halifax, PC Hickinbotham, Enkalon Foundation, 29th May 1961 & Garfield Weston.
THIS SERVICE IS OPEN TO BOTH MEN AND WOMEN
Pensioners in Northern Ireland could potentially be missing out on nearly £200 million of unclaimed benefits, a Stormont committee has warned.
With an estimated 55,000 older people in the region classified as living in poverty, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has called for action to improve uptake.
A PAC probe found that benefit paying agencies have no accurate sense of the level of payments left unclaimed by pensioners. It could range wildly, from £31 million to £197 million, said the PAC report.
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