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Welcome to our latest ezine! It's been another busy month for us here at WRDA, take a look at what we've been up to below. Feel free to contact Nieve on or 028 9023 0212 if you would like something considered for inclusion in the next edition.

WRDA gives presentation for Adult Learner's Week

Pictured, left to right: Anne McVicker (WRDA Director), Theresa Watson (Chrysalis Women's Centre Manager) and Katherine Robertson (Live & Learn Project Worker).
On Tuesday 16th June, WRDA participated in an event for Adult Learners Week 2015, organised through the Forum for Adult Learning NI (FALNI). Katherine Robertson (Live & Learn Project Worker) delivered a presentation of the key findings from the Live & Learn Partnership Evaluation Report, highlighting the achievements and examples of activities; the barriers to learning; the tailored supports; the unit costs; and the outcomes and impact for the 11,000+ women beneficiaries across Northern Ireland. Theresa Watson (Chrysalis Women’s Centre Manager) detailed her experience of the Live & Learn Partnership and how it has shaped the lives of women and their families in the Craigavon community, particularly isolated or “hard to reach” women, and ethnic minority women in adult learning. Read the full article here.

Community Facilitator Registration Event

WRDA held a Registration event on Monday 22nd June, bringing together Community Facilitators from across the regions in NI and from the many programmes that WRDA have delivered within local communities.
The event was opened by Brenda Stevenson, who completed the programme in 2001. Since finishing the programme she has had an active leadership role within her community and has just completed a term of office as Mayor of Derry. Brenda is just one of the many examples of Community Facilitators who have progressed into employment, business and public life, and have given credit to the programme in supporting the development of their skills, leadership, confidence and networks.

WRDA is delighted to be able to harness these skills in the delivery of high quality training to groups and organisations across Northern Ireland. All Community Facilitators have successfully completed an OCR Level 3 Certificate in Learning and Development and are AccessNI checked.

Let's Talk Graduates celebrated at Ballybeen Women's Centre

Ballybeen Women’s Centre held their yearly event on Tuesday 23rd June to celebrate the learning and programmes the women have undertaken over the year 2014-2015. The celebration was held in the former Castlereagh Council’s Premises at Forestside, and the new Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Councillor Thomas Beckett presented the certificates alongside Councillors Tim Morrow and Vasundra Kamble.

Some of the courses delivered through the Women’s Centres Learning Partnership Live and Learn included Winter Gardening Workshops, Seasonal Crafts, Spring Gardening, Crafty Bees Sewing Course, Let’s Talk, People’s History, Baby Movers, Baby Massage and Living Life to the Full. The above photo is of the women who took part in Let’s Talk, WRDA’s Parents Promoting Sexual Health training programme designed to help parents feel more confident discussing the subjects of sexual health and relationships with their children. It was delivered by
WRDA Community Facilitator Caroline McCreight, and the participants and tutor were filmed for an NVTV news feature.

Petition to support those prosecuted for use of abortion pills

Photo taken by Tyler McNally.
Alliance for Choice and Voice for Choice are currently circulating a petition calling on the authorities to drop all charges against a mother who provided her daughter with abortion medication. She is being charged under the 1811 Offences Against the Person act, and if found guilty she could be imprisoned for up to five years. Please sign the petition here to add your voice to those demanding an end to the prosecution of all who use these pills or help women to access them.

Alliance for Choice have recently been named Champions of Choice by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS). Sarah Wright of AFC penned an article on her role in this campaign, and her experiences as a pro-choice activist here.

New Women's Regional Consortium Consultation Response

The consortium’s most recent consultation response was in respect of the Department for Social Development’s ‘Proposals for a new regulatory framework for social housing providers in Northern Ireland’. The proposals comprise a framework to regulate the housing activities and services of social landlords, aimed at ensuring adherence to proper standards as well as tenant protection/empowerment.
To inform the response, a series of focus groups was convened with women in May. Participants raised a number of shared concerns about the wider relationship between the issue of regulation and the social justice case for affordable, safe, stable and adequate social housing. The official response is available on the consortium's website here.

Employers for Childcare Survey

Employers for Childcare are seeking the input of parents across NI for their Childcare Cost Survey, whether you are a parent that looks after your children yourself, uses childminders, day nurseries, afterschool clubs, grandparents, siblings or a mix of all of the above.
The seven minute, anonymous survey will be used to to campaign for better support for parents at a Government level. On completing the survey, you are also in with the chance of winning a £500 IKEA gift voucher and family stay at the Galgorm Resort & Spa. Complete the survey here, and feel free to encourage any other parents you know to do the same.


Mon 6th-Wed 8th July 2015UK Social Policy Conference, Belfast Metropolitan College.
Friday 31st July 2015Carer Awareness Events, Rushmere Shopping Centre, Craigavon.
Fri 7th-Sun 9 th August 2015 –  Wise Women Weekend, NUI, Maynooth.
Fri 21st-Mon 24th August 2015Maeve Personal Development Workshop, Gyreum Ecolodge, Sligo.

For more events, click here.


Access Shorts. Deadline: Wednesday 8th 2015
Comic Relief's International Grants. Deadline: Wednesday 22nd July 2015
Arts Council NI Sustainability Programme. Deadline: 2015
Money Saving Expert Charity Fund. Deadline: Thursday 23rd July 2015
Digital Heroes Awards. Deadline: Friday 24th July 2015

More funding opportunities are available on our website.

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