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WRDA Health Awareness Event

We would like to thank all individual members and community partner organisations who attended our Health Awareness Day on Wednesday 3rd August. The hugely successful event attracted nearly 100 participants, aiming to inform and inspire through interactive sessions which included:

Women’s Tec – Offering advice on gardening as a ‘green gym’ and how to grow your own herbs and plants to support healthy eating

Cancer Focus – Providing skin checks on their skin scanner and advice on protecting your skin

Complementary Therapies – Hand, head and shoulder massages

HEART Project – Blood pressure, Glucose and Cholesterol testing

DANCE – Taster session of ZUMBA and dance

WRDA – Breast check demonstrations and Screening services information and advice

Community Pharmacist – Carbon dioxide testing and smoking cessation advice and support

Food sampling – Health and nutritious salads, dips and breads
The event was funded by Building the Community- Pharmacy Partnership and WRDA have partnered with Peggy Flanagan of Botanic Pharmacy in delivering the Health day as part of WRDA’s Health Lobbying project.

The overall aim of the project was to work in partnership with our local community pharmacist in building the capacity of Community Facilitators to develop and deliver Lobbying programmes in local communities. The programmes explored health and wider socio – economic issues that impact on local women including finance and debt, relationships and being connected.
WRDA present as part of Community Relations Week
18 years after the Good Friday Agreement- What has been the impact on Women and Good Relations?
Thursday 22nd September 2016 11.00am-12.30pm in WRDA Offices
Speakers: Clare Bailey MLA & Deputy Leader of the Green Party NI
Sophie Long Queen’s University Belfast PHD candidate
Denise Wright Race Relations Co-ordinator South Belfast Roundtable
Lunch Provided

More info to follow.
WRDA’s New Good Relations Programme

WRDA are delighted to announce that they have received funding from the Community Relations Council (CRC) to run a number of Good Relations workshops across Northern Ireland.

Kellie O’Dowd the new Good Relations worker said,

“This is a really exciting time for WRDA as this programme will create the opportunity to engage women in vital Good Relations work. We know they have been the backbone of the community throughout the conflict, but many have never had the opportunity to talk about and share their experiences of the impact of sectarianism and racism.”

A key element of the programme will be to support women in exploring and understanding the issues, not only from their own political perspective, but to explore the issues from other perspectives. This programme will enable women to engage meaningfully in peace-building within and beyond their communities, by facilitating the knowledge and understanding of what sectarianism and racism actually are, their historical roots and modern day manifestations. The programme will also provide opportunities to explore how we challenge and combat these deeply ingrained societal problems to build towards a peaceful and stable future. This is a regional programme and we welcome requests from women’s organisations based in disadvantaged and rural communities.
For further details please contact: Kellie O’Dowd Good Relations Worker:
WRDA Welcome New Staff Member

Kellie O'Dowd joined WRDA in August 2016 as Good Relations Worker. She is a Politics graduate from Queen’s University Belfast and has held a number of positions including National Women’s Rights Officer for the Union of Students in Ireland, Training and Education worker for the Women into Politics Project, Project Co-ordinator for Ardoyne Women’s Centre and elected representative on Unite the Union’s Women’s Committee.

She worked in the private sector for 5 years heading up a team of 4 Trainers and was responsible for the design, development and delivery of accredited personal, management and leadership development programmes across the public, private and community and voluntary sectors.

Kellie worked for Trademark for 10 years; a social justice organisation linked to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Trademark specialise in training, research, evaluation and mediation in the areas of anti-sectarianism, anti-racism, feminism, human rights and equality.

Kellie graduated from Ulster University in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Education (with Contemporary Society Specialisms of Conflict Transformation and Peace Building)  and worked for 6 years on an integration project with Travellers and Migrant Workers. She is a feminist and Trade Union activist.

If you wish to contact Kellie in relation to her work for WRDA please mail

Women's Sector Lobbyist

The Women’s Sector Lobbyist will develop, coordinate and implement lobbying strategies to ensure that women’s issues are effectively communicated to politicians and policy makers. This is an exciting opportunity for a committed individual to make a real impact on women’s rights and equality.

The post will be based at 6 Mount Charles, Belfast
Contract: 35 hours per week, funded for 18 months.
Salary: £30,978 pa

 Application packs can be downloaded from our website or call Katie English on 028 9023 0212 or alternatively email:

Completed application forms should be sent to and marked for the attention of Finance & ,HR Department, 6 Mount Charles, Belfast BT7 1NZ.

Closing date for receipt of applications is no later than 1.00pm on 26th August 2016.

Interview dates: 8th & 9th September 2016.

WRDA Respond to Draft Programme for Government Framework

WRDA very much welcomes the opportunity to comment on the draft Framework for the Programme for Government (PfG). Although we agree in principle basing the PfG around outcomes based accountability, there is an urgent need for a robust action plan to ensure the outcomes within the Framework are fit for purpose and that Departments are indeed delivering. WRDA are disappointed that a gender perspective has not been mainstreamed within the Programme for Government. The current Gender Equality Strategy states that “a gender perspective will be taken into account during the whole process of policy development in all the Government functions.”  It is therefore our belief that without a gender perspective within the framework,  the outcome “We have a more equal society” is already flawed and the unequal position of women within Northern Ireland will continue.

Read more on our response here.


Information Governance and Privacy Impact Assessments Masterclass, 19th August 2016
Greenway Women's Centre Enrollment Week, 30th August 2016
Summer Splash Community Relation’s Bus Trip, 30th August 2016
Focus Group - DOJ Consultation on ‘New Approach’ to Funding of Support Services in Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector, 31st August 2016

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Aviva Charity Fund. Deadline: Rolling
Guardian Charity Awards 2016. Deadline: Rolling
Benevolent Fund, Charitable Grants. Deadline: 30th November 2016
Public Health Authority/NIAMH/Comic Relief: Change Your Mind Small Grants Scheme. Deadline: 19th August 2016

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