Video: ‘First Steps’ making difference to Dungannon women’s lives

First Steps Women’s Centre in Dungannon have produced and released a video detailing the important work they are doing in the area.

In the video, the group illustrate their aims “to improve the quality of life for women through education and personal development, supporting women to make choices for the future”.

First Steps Women's Centre in Dungannon.

First Steps Women's Centre in Dungannon.

The Centre offers a vast range of courses from IT skills and Payroll (sage) to Family Money Management and The Confidence Booster to the women in the Dungannon and South Tyrone Area, however there are no exclusions.

FSWC began in humble settings in 1998 as a place for women from both sides of the community to come together to socialise, talk and to take part in different types of activities.”

Now the Centre provides 300-350 course placements per year with 110 free childcare places per week in their newly refurbished, Childcare facility.

The Centre provides training and education in many subjects, with a registration fee £10 per term, including Beginners IT, Essential Skills Literacy (Basic English) & Numeracy (Basic Maths), Digital Photography, Clait Certificate, ECDL, Sage accounts, Text Processing and Digital Imaging.

“I think women really enjoy the relaxed and welcoming environment that we provide here”, says Bernie Mallon Information Officer for the charity, “our staff/tutors are very friendly and approachable which helps women have the confidence to go out and find work or further their education. FSWC offers women a place to come and learn a new skill, make new friends and improve mental health.”

In these uncertain times, a lot of women and families are struggling but the FSWC is here to offer support through our courses in money management, to help get jobs and to look after their emotional and mental well-being.

They also offer free transport with their own mini bus and a free Benefits Check which is also available to men.

First Steps Women’s Centre have been offering Health Promotion programs since November 2009, which includes an introduction to Holistic Therapies, understanding your eating and Stress Management.

They offer counselling with a registered BACP member free, confidence building and well-being techniques.

“We also offer Down Memory Lane programme for the older members of our community (also open to men). This is proving to me a huge success!”

FSWC have released a video describing the work they do and introduce the women working at and attending the centre. Bernie hopes the video “will give an insight into the centre and encourage other women to come in and see what we’re about.”

She adds: “the video shows people speaking from the heart about what they think of the centre and we cater for all women, whether they are unemployed, part-time, full-time, retired or have children. Everyone is welcome.”

For more information and to watch their video to go First Steps Women’s Centre online at or find them on Facebook and Twitter @FSWC