First Steps Women's Centre celebrated International Women's Day in style last Tuesday 8th March 2016.
Dungannon Rotary Club members were in attendance and commenced the proceedings with ex President Maire McEvoy presenting local Whizz Kids proprietor Daphney Scott with an International Award Certificate for her services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
PSNI Kirsty Baker gave the ladies a talk on life as a female officer. The ladies were then given a taste of some Salsa and Cha Cha Cha dance moves from Kevin & Louise from Conwell Dance. Afterwards some international cuisine was enjoyed while listening to music from Anes & Cristiana Granada and FSWC Student Liz Cairns.
"To provide a holistic personalised programme to up-skill and empower unemployed and economically inactive women for the workplace"
A Centre of Education exclusively for women, FSWC has been a beacon of hope, support, training and Childcare for women in the Dungannon and South Tyrone Area.
FSWC began in humble settings in 1998 as a place for women from both sides of the community to come together to socialise, talk and to take part in different types of activities. Since then FSWC has developed into a Centre providing 300-350 course placements per year with 56 childcare places per week in a safe and friendly environment.
£250,000 Additional Benefit identified for people living in Dungannon and surrounding area in past 20 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 £250,000. 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.