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Welcome to WRDA's October ezine! Take a look at what we've been up to over the past month, and feel free to contact Nieve at or 028 9023 0212 if you would like something considered for inclusion in the next edition.

WRDA celebrates 32nd AGM and 20th Anniversary of Community Facilitator Programme

Left to right: Brenda Stevenson, Mayor of Derry 2014-15; Caitriona Ruane MLA; Anne McVicker, WRDA Director; Paula Bradley MLA.
WRDA members, Community Facilitators, individuals and women’s sector delegates joined us in celebrating our 2014-15 AGM in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast on Wednesday 28th October 2015. The event also acted as a celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Community Facilitator Programme, with a commemorative photobooklet being released for the occasion. Guest speakers on the night were Brenda Stevenson, Mayor of Derry 2014-15, Paula Bradley MLA and Caitriona Ruane MLA. Read the full story here.

NVTV were present to cover the event, have a look at the footage below (13:20). Pictures are also available on our Flickr page.

Building the Community Pharmacy Partnership (BCPP) Project

Below are a few photos of one of the Building the Community Pharmacy Partnership workshops, which took place with Pharmacist Valerie Addy on Wednesday 28th October. Our Community Facilitators have been working on the project with local pharmacists, and how best to empower women in making decisions and taking actions that improve personal, family and community health. WRDA will be providing a limited number of Lobbying Programmes as part of this project from February to April. We will keep you updated on this!

Women's Sector Lobbyist Update

Women's Sector Lobbyist Ellen Finlay has been hard at work over the past month to ensure that women’s issues and views are effectively positioned and communicated to politicians and policy makers.

Full details of her latest work can be found here, including updates on RISP; the Gender Equality Strategy; responses to the Draft Childcare Strategy and Charities Regulations consultations; meetings with MLAs; the Equality Coalition's Austerity & Inequalities Conference; NICCY's launch of their Children’s Budgeting report, and Greater North Belfast Network's launch of their Women’s Vision from Across the Barricades photobook.

WRD welcomes new intern

WRDA have recently welcomed new intern Diane Izabiliza, a Social Work student from Alice Salomon University, Berlin. After working as a kindergarden teacher, Diane decided to study social work in order to gain more theoretical knowledge and be able to see and change power structures on another level. She is focusing on intersectional discriminations, like gender, and postcolonial studies.

She said, “I am delighted to intern at WRDA and especially to contribute to the work of Women’s Sector Lobbyist, Ellen Finlay. I am sure that working at WRDA is a great opportunity to learn about women’s issues in Northern Ireland. I am looking forward to understanding how social issues and gender issues are transformed into policy. I am very excited about the next five months at WRDA.”

NICVA State of the Sector Survey

NICVA has launched its 7th State of the Sector survey. The survey has been circulated to nearly 5,000 voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, and no matter how large or small your organisation, NICVA need to hear from you.
The survey explores key areas such as workforce, income, expenditure and volunteering and has become a valuable resource for the voluntary and community sector. For nearly 20 years NICVA has used the findings from previous State of the Sector surveys to inform government, funders, academics and the media of the scale and impact of the sector. In addition, findings from previous surveys have proved invaluable to individual organisations and sub-sectors for a range of activities including lobbying and fundraising. The survey closes on Friday 20th November 2015.

WASPI Petition

Please support the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign, and make fair transitional state pension arrangements for 1950’s women by signing this petition. “The Government must make fair transitional arrangements for all women born on or after 6th April 1951 who have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State Pension Age (SPA). Hundreds of thousands of women have had significant changes imposed on them with a lack of appropriate notification.”

Awaken your Inner Goddess workshop

Selina Quinn will be hosting a "journey of freedom and empowerment" on Sunday 22nd November, and has booked our upstairs training room for this purpose. Activities will include movement, yoga, breathing, music, dance and guided meditation. Please click here for the facebook event page.


Housing Rights Training Course. Tues 10th Nov, 10am-4pm. Housing Rights, Belfast.
Fifth Contact Suicide Prevention: What Works? Wed 11th Nov, 10am-4.30pm. Titanic Centre, Belfast.
Outburst Queer Arts Festival 2015. Thurs 12th to Sat 21st Nov. Various Venues.

Stem Conference. Thurs 12th Nov. Stormont Hotel, Belfast.

For more events, click here.


Community Radio Fund 2nd Round. Deadline: 5pm on Wednesday 11th November 2015
ESB Ireland: Energy for Generations Fund. Deadline: Friday 13th November 2015
Northern Ireland Screen: Feature Documentary Development. Deadline: 5pm on Friday 13th November 2015.
LandAid Grants Programme. Deadline: 10am on Monday 16th November 2015.

More funding opportunities are available on our website.

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