About us

WELCOME TO THE WOMEN’S CENTRE 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.

Purpose

To promote women’s equality and access to education, employment, social & economic life.

We do this by developing and providing opportunities to women’s aspirations.

Our projects are organised to provide access and enablement taking account of women’s lives and choices, with regard to timing, class-size and using holistic support model.

We address specific barriers women face.

We provide access to high quality on-site childcare focussed on the needs of the child.

We provide information, guidance and signposting services.

We support the development of women’s groups and support organisations delivering programmes with a focus on enabling women who live in disadvantage communities who face multiple barriers to participation.

We strive for financial sustainability through our social economy programme.

We provide a voice for women from disadvantaged communities by engaging in regional forums and partnerships, locally, regionally and globally.

OUR PROJECTS

This project delivers support activities, employability skills and qualifications. It sets out to build a person’s confidence and give them the ability to get that job! Learn new skills with the Women’s Centre.

The multi-cultural women’s group meets weekly to exchange information and make connections among women who are new to the City. The programme delivers conversational language skills, arts and crafts and workshops on a range of issues identified by the group. In turn we learn about and welcome different cultures and languages to the Centre and to the City. The children enjoy the crèche facilities and this project is a welcoming way to make connections, brush up your English and get local information.

This is a programme of joint activities and support for mothers and babies. The programme includes a listening ear service as well as: Baby Massage, Baby Yoga & Reflexology, Baby Aqua Swim, Arts & Crafts, Stay & Play & musical activities.

We deliver the L2 in Certificate in Adult Social Care. This year the L1 Induction to Adult Social Care will also be available for starters in this field. These courses and qualifications will help you to get a job.

Our range of creative courses is always popular, so early booking is advisable. Garment Making is on offer as well as Traditional Crafts. A new course – Pattern Cutting & Fashion Design is offered this year.

We now have a full progression programme if you are interested in becoming a counsellor or using counselling skills in your current role. We offer CPCAB qualifications at Levels 2 – 3 – 4 & 5. The Level 4 Diploma and the Level 5 qualification will count as units towards your Open University Degree in Counselling.

A Health Awareness Promotes Inclusion (HAPI) programme is being delivered in partnership with a local pharmacist.

Womens Centre Derry is a partner organisation in the Womens Regional Consortium. The Consortium consists of seven Women’s Sector organisations working in partnership, with government, statutory organisations, women’s organisations, centres and groups.

Training for Women Network (TWN) – Project Lead,Women’s Centre Derry (WCD),Women’s Resource and Development Agency (WRDA),Women’s Support Network (WSN), Northern Ireland’s Rural Women’s Network (NIRWN),Women’s TEC,Foyle Women’s Information Network (FWIN)

In addition this year we are delivering -Interpersonal Skills & Goal setting over 5 weeks, First Aid at Work & Paediatric First Aid.

Our Vision

We are a safe and welcoming space for women and women’s organisations in the North West, to enable learning, to fulfil community potential, to make connections and to expand our horizons. We have a feminist model of delivery and a dynamic organisation, challenging inequality, increasing awareness, supporting women’s life choices, providing a wide range of programmes and quality on-site childcare. The Women’s Centre is recognised and connects locally, regionally and globally, giving women a voice and a choice.

Our Staff