Here at First Steps Women’s Centre our vision is to help reinforce “Confident Women empowered to participate in and influence society”.
Our Mission is “Supporting women’s professional and personal development through education and training”
First Steps Women’s Centre (FSWC) is an Education, Learning and Support Centre for women. We are based in Dungannon, mid-Ulster, Co.Tyrone. It was formed in April 1998. It has grown from small, huble beginnings to the provision of over 60 courses and programmes per year for over 700 participants. We provide Education & Training Courses as well as essential support services such as Childcare, Transport and a Benefit Checker service. We have family friendly times with all morning courses beginning at 9.45am and running for 1, 2 or 3 hours. The afternoon sessions start between 12.30pm and 1.00pm for a maximum of two hours. 746 participants took part in 61 different courses with First Steps Women’s Centre during 2019-2020.
The courses can be divided into four distinct areas:
· IT Courses– ranging from Computerised Accounts and Payroll, Digital Photography, Introduction to Computers, iPad & Tablet Courses
· Lifeskills Programmes – includes Numeracy, Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages,
· Wellbeing Programmes – ranging from the physical e.g. Pilates, Yoga, Dancing Your Way to Health & Happiness to more personal development programmes including Living Life to The Full, Managing Stress, Sewing, Creative Writing.
· Ancillary Courses – These include First Aid, Food Hygiene