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WRDA’s mission as a regional organisation is to advance women’s equality and participation in society. We work with women to achieve social, economic, political and cultural change. We are now looking for a Good Relations Worker to review WRDA’s existing Good Relations/Community Relations training materials and to design, develop and deliver the programmes on a regional basis.

The post will be based at Mount Charles, Belfast
Contract: 35 hours per week, fixed term up to 31 March 2017, which may be extended subject to securing further funding.
Salary: £25,440

Application packs can be downloaded from the WRDA website. Alternatively, you can apply in writing enclosing a large SAE to: The Finance and HR  Manager, Women’s Resource and Development Agency, 6 Mount Charles, Belfast, BT7 1NZ.

Closing date for receipt of applications is no later than 1.00pm, 24 June 2016. Interviews are likely to be held 5 July 2016.

This post is part funded by Community Relations Council.  

Assembly Update

The SDLP brought forward a motion to the Assembly on 7th June; 

“That this Assembly recognises that the experience of children in the early years of life has multiple impacts on development, health and educational achievement; believes that there should be a common, cross-departmental approach to funding, inspection, registration and access to child and family support services; calls on the Minister of Education to develop and bring forward an early education and care Act and a care and early childhood development strategy with resourced and supported training, qualifications and a professional development strategy for the entire early years workforce; and further calls on the Minister to bring forward proposals for the provision of free preschool childcare for children aged three and four years to a minimum of 20 hours per week to be in place in the 2016-17 financial year, and for an increase in provision to 30 hours per week from the 2017-18 financial year.”
To read the full debate click here.
Make Yourself Aware - Breast, Cervical and Bowel Screening Awareness

Last year WRDA won the contract from the Public Health Agency (PHA) to deliver Breast, Cervical and Bowel Screening Awareness Programmes to groups across Northern Ireland.

The WRDA BCB screening awareness programme complements the NI Breast, Cervical and Bowel Screening programmes helping women identify any issues which would make them reluctant to attend for screening, addressing concerns and promoting the effectiveness of the overall Screening Programme.

If you have a group that you think would benefit from the BC&B Sessions please contact Katherine Robertson on, or phone 02890230212
Draft PfG Framework Consultation Event
On 27th May, the Executive Office published the draft Programme for Government Framework for public consultation. The consultation closes on 22nd July. WRDA would like to invite you along to hear what it's all about. 

The draft framework contains 14 strategic outcomes which, taken together, set a clear direction of travel and enable continuous improvement on the essential components of societal well-being. 

To register email:
What is a referendum?
A vote by the people on a specific issue

Why does the referendum  matter?
Whether we REMAIN in the EU or LEAVE the EU there will be CONSEQUENCES for Northern Ireland. So it is important that you decide what issues matter to you and then vote on 23rd June 2016.

When will it take place?
The referendum will take place on the 23rd of June 2016.

For more information click here.
Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2016

* Attending for a cervical smear is an important step in taking care of your health.

* Each year about 80 women in Northern Ireland are diagnosed with cervical cancer.

* 20 – 30 women die each year from cervical cancer.

* Early detection and treatment can prevent 7 out of 10 cases of this cancer.

* In Northern Ireland cervical screening is available every three years for women aged 25 – 49 and every five years for women aged 50 - 64.

* Cervical screening prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing.

* In the UK one in four women do not attend cervical screening when invited.

WRDA offers a Breast, Cervical and Bowel Screening Awareness Programme. If you are interested in BC&B Sessions please contact Katherine Robertson on, or phone 02890230212
Members Area
WRDA offer member organisations a wide range of benefits one being the opportunity to publicise your work/events in our fortnightly E-Zines.
The latest edition of VIEW magazine published by VIEWdigital is on Prisons and Justice.  The guest editor is Janette McKnight director of the Quaker Service in Northern Ireland.

The issue features the 'Big Interview' with Criminologist Linda Moore and hears from former prisoner Vicky Pryce, economist, and former Joint Head of the United Kingdom's Government Economic Service describing what it is like for women behind bars.
To read the magazine click here


Referendum Information Event, 17th June 2016
Launch of the Healthy Places, Healthy Children, 20th June 2016
Abortion Reform: A Major Human Rights & Public Health Issue , 22nd June 2016
Conference on promoting equality for migrant workers, 21st June 2016

Refugee Week - Women's Health Fair, 24th June 2016

For more events, click here.


PHA Small Grants: Emotional Wellbeing & Suicide Prevention. Deadline: 23rd June 2016
Elephant Trust. Deadline: 27th June 2016
OneFamily Foundation: Community Awards. Deadline: 29th June 2016
Cultural Diversity Grant. Deadline: 28th November 2016

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