First Steps Womens Centre Dungannon

First Steps Womens Centre Dungannon

News & Blog

Tesco Creche Donation

Tesco Dungannon Childcare Donation

A massive THANK YOU to Tesco Dungannon for their very kind donation of childcare essentials for our Creche!!  

As we have over 40 children availing of our facility each week, these essentials will be very much needed.

As the Tesco slogan states - "Every little helps!"

Evaluations March 2015

Next Steps To Computing
• Course was friendly, amicable and encouraging to learning.
• I thought the course was rushed.
• Jenny treats everyone the same. Very good and encouraging and lovely girls in course and staff.
• Very good teacher.

Sage Payroll Level 3
• I really enjoyed this course and I hope the Centre continues to provide more courses in the future so I can move on to the next level.
• The course should take more time.
• I would definitely recommend the Centre to others.

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Aware Defeat Depression Support Groups

Aware Defeat Depression have information about Depression, Post Natal Depression, Bipolar, Depression for carers and Depression in Older People.

The Dungannon Support Group runs fortnightly on a Tuesday evening at 7.00pm in the Gardeners Hall, Victoria Way, Milltown.

Aware Defeat Depression support groups

FSWC New Look!

The Staff have been busy over the summer redecorating and revamping the tea-break/relaxation area!

It is amazing what a lick of paint and a splash or colour can do - see for yourself!

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New Council CEO Visit

Mr Anthony Tohill, CEO of the new Mid Ulster Council dropped into First Steps Women’s Centre (FSWC) 19th June 2014.  Mr Tohill met the staff and heard about the excellent work that the Centre does from the Centre’s 3 Co-ordinators, namely IT (Yvonne Corbett), Life Skills (Joan McCool) and Health Promotion (Clare Henry). He also visited the Childcare Centre.

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Visitors from Europe

Heather McLaughlin (Europe) and Deiter Schulze (Institute for International Education and Labour Market Projects) escorted a group of 28 women under the umbrella of ENWRA (European Network for Women from Rural Area's) visited our Centre on Thursday 5th June 2014. There were women from Hungary, Poland, Germany, Spain, Turkey and Cyprus.The Mayor - Sean McGuigan was also present and welcomed the Visitors to Dungannon.  

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Contact Us & Location

First Steps Women's Centre

  • 21a William Street
    County Tyrone
    BT70 1DX

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  • 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 Advisor

Bernie Mallon         -  Recruitment Officer

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FREE Benefit Check Service now available here

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!

We can

  • 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. 

Contact Gillian on (028) 8772 7648 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Pensioners in Northern Ireland could potentially be missing out on nearly £200 million of unclaimed benefits, a Stormont committee has warned.  unclaimed

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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Vacancies at FSWC


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Voluntary Directors Required!

As a registered charity, First Steps Women's Centre (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 and contribute to the Community in a proactive and positive way.

The tenure of Directors is three years and this role is not remunerated.

For more information contact Michael McGoldrick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Yvonne Corbett, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on (028) 87727648


Progression Officer

For Futher information and application packs please contact us:

Tel: (028) 8772 7648  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Closing date for applications - Thursday 24th May 2018 at 12 noon


Full job description can be found here


Useful Links

Addiction Resource - raising awareness of the consequences of addiction and helping communities become drug-free

AnamCara - Supporting Parents after bereavement

Age NI - For later life - Age Concern & Help the Aged are now one

Aontas and Learner Networks - The National Adult Learning Organisation

Benefits & Grants Available for Older People - for the retired who are wondering what government help you’re eligible to

Cancer Caring Coping - Help for Carers who are looking after people with cancer

Carers Matter - Carers Matter is a local charity which provides support, advice and information for Carers living in the Southern Trust Area

Capacitar Training - Training in Education for Healing & Transformation

Citizen's Advice Bureau - Advice Charity Organisation

Citizen's Advice Magazine - Read or download various documents published by CAB

Clanrye - Training provision for people with physical disabilities and health conditions

Counselling Directory - connecting as many people as possible to much-needed mental health support. - Drug danger awareness Community Outreach Team

Drugwatch - Drugs and Medical Devices that may endanger females

EGSA (Educational Guidance Service for Adults)

English & Maths in Education and beyond - Complete guide to understand the importance of English & Maths

English & Maths for Adults -  BBC Skillswise

Gateway Service (Armagh & Dungannon) - provide an initial assessment of need for children and families and signpost to further statutory involvement at Child Protection, Looked After Children or Family Support; and/or voluntary and community resources

Greater Good in Action - A Mentally Healthy Site that collects the best research-based methods for a happier, more meaningful life—and puts them at your fingertips in a format that's easy to navigate and digest

Health - better health through education and awareness

Inishowen Development Partnership - Working to achieve positive change in the lives of people and groups in Innishowen

International Women's Day - a date in March every year

Kindness Blog - "Kindness Blog shares media featuring kindness in all its varied forms." I love reading the stories from contributors about people who help one another, listen to one another and tell stories about peace, happiness, understanding and love". It's all about uplifting one another on this site

Lifecoach Directory - find a business or a Life Coach near you

Mental Health Services - access to information about Mental Health Services in NI -   for anyone battling cancer, or looking to find more information.  Read personal stories based on real life struggles and survivourship and support groups with an actual community that people can relate to and find relief in - is largely associated with continued exposure to asbestos, most often in the workplace. Men and women who worked around asbestos for decades are at risk of developing this deadly type of cancer

Newly Disabled Guide - 15 things every newly disabled person should know

NIRWN - Northern Ireland Rural Women's Network

N I Women Into Business - the largest and fastest growing business network for female entrepreneurs and business leaders in Northern Ireland

Numeracy Resources - Free Functional Skills and Skills for Life resources

Nutritionist Resource - Quality information and advice from professionals regarding diet and health issues

Quit Smoking - Nicorette  - We’re here to help you quit smoking by giving you the information, tools and support you may need.

Recall Report - vital information on drugs and products i.e. dangers, alerts,side affects, etc to keep your family safe

Rural Community Network (RCN) - Supporting rural communities

Shankill Women's Centre - "Providing an accessible resource and development support for women in Greater Shankill and beyond"

Special Needs

Adapting Your House for a Child with a Disability (USA based)

Caring for our kids - a group of parents who have created useful resources to help other parents struggling with their special needs child/ren

Cerebral Palsy - very useful information on the disorder, including treatment options and how to help manage your child’s disorder so that they can still live a productive life.

Cerebral Palsy Symptoms - Learn all about Cerebral Palsy and other common birth injuries

Cerebral Palsy Special Education Guidelines - special education options for children with special needs

Cerebral Palsy - The CP Lawyer - For the legal representation you need and your child deserves

Creating a home where your child can thrive with a disability 

Financial planning for Special Needs

Guide to Home Loans for people with disabilities

Special Needs Teacher Resources

Stairlift Grants

Tips for disabled persons to declutter and organise your home

South West College (Dungannon, Omagh, Cookstown & Enniskillen)

Southern Heath & Social Care Trust Facilities

The Open University - You can study for certificates and diplomas of higher education, foundation and honours degrees or postgraduate qualifications. There are around 150 to choose from, you can even tailor a qualification to suit your needs

The Recovery Village - Our advanced approach to treatment empowers individuals on the path to recovery

Therapy Directory - find a therapist near you

Tiny Buddha -  Tiny Buddha "is about reflecting on simple wisdom and learning new ways to apply it to our complex lives—complete with responsibilities, struggles, dreams, and relationships"

Tobacco-Free Life - Information and tips on how to get started, make a plan and stay tobacco free

Tr@inIT - providing professional ICT training courses for individuals, Businesses and Community Groups

Training For Women Network (TWN)

U3A - Learning is for Life, Life is for Learning

Volunteer Now - is the lead organisation which works to promote, develop and support volunteering across Northern Ireland

Women's Resource Centre - WRC is the leading national umbrella organisation for the women’s sector, working towards linking all aspects of the women’s movement. We support our members to be more effective and sustainable through training, and we lobby the government on their behalf on a range of women’s issues

Women's Aid Cookstown - Mid Ulster Women's Aid provides a range of confidential services and encourages women to find practical solutions to their own domestic abuse problems

Women's Centre, Derry/L'derry -  A welcoming space which inspires women to think and make choices in an accessible environment that enables transformation and change in ourselves, in our community and beyond

Women's Resource and Development Agency (WRDA) - supports women's groups and organisations across NI  

Women Peacemakers Programme - The Women Peacemakers Program’s vision is of a world where women and men work together through gender-sensitive active nonviolence, to build communities where people co-exist peacefully

Women's Support Network (WSN) - Our mission is ‘to support the development of women’s organisations, enable collective action and positively impact on policy and decision-making processes’





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