Krafty Knits’ members meet Mayor
DUNGANNON and South Tyrone Borough Council has held a conference to mark International Women’s Day, as part of Women in Local Councils Week.
The aim of the conference was to inspire women to achieve their goals and speakers included Agnes Lunny, Chief Executive of Positive Futures; Andrea O’Rourke of Lights, Camera, Confidence; Monica McGeary, Source Business Leads; and Colleen Lowry, Blessingbourne Self Catering Apartments and Bike Trail, who outlined their experiences as businesswomen.
Kim Wilson and Teresa Bell from Krafty Knits, a crafts group based in Dungannon which produces seasonal knitted items and handmade accessories, also attended the conference. Krafty Knits is registered as an enterprise and Kim, Teresa and their group members have exhibited at various craft shows and cater for specially-commissioned pieces.
Eileen Canavan, Community Access Officer with the Learning Disability Team at the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, said: “Kim and Teresa welcomed the chance to take part in the event and found it inspirational. They shared their experiences on an informal level with delegates and I was delighted to support them in raising awareness of learning disabilities in the wider community. Teresa attends a Gender Studies group based in Armagh which examines the role of women in society, and uses creative expression to promote confidence and empowerment.”
Sinead Mullan, Skills, Learning & Development Officer at Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council, adds: “The theme of the conference was ‘Yes I can’ and the aim was to inspire women to take up more opportunities in business, public life and politics. There is a need for more investment in women at local level, to build capacities and ensure women embrace the opportunities in these areas and realise their potential.”
Micéal Crilly, Assistant Director of Disability Services at the Southern Trust, said: “The Trust is committed to enhancing the opportunities available to adults with a learning disability. Our staff support users accessing services in the community so that they can become more independent, as outlined in the Transforming Your Care review of health and social care in Northern Ireland.”
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