Your votes can help Dungannon community groups win funding

First Steps Women's Centre celebrated International Women's Day in style last Tuesday 8th March 2016.  

Dungannon Rotary Club members were in attendance and commenced the proceedings with ex President Maire McEvoy presenting local Whizz Kids proprietor Daphney Scott with an International Award Certificate for her services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

PSNI ?Constable ?Kirsty Baker gave the ladies a talk on life as a female officer. The ladies were then given a taste of some Salsa and Cha Cha Cha dance moves from Kevin & Louise from Conwell Dance. Afterwards some international cuisine was enjoyed while listening to music from Anes & Cristiana Granada and FSWC Student Liz Cairns.

First Steps Women's Centre celebrated International Women's Day in style last Tuesday 8th March 2016. Dungannon Rotary Club members were in attendance and commenced the proceedings with ex President Maire McEvoy presenting local Whizz Kids proprietor Daphney Scott with an International Award Certificate for her services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. PSNI ?Constable ?Kirsty Baker gave the ladies a talk on life as a female officer. The ladies were then given a taste of some Salsa and Cha Cha Cha dance moves from Kevin & Louise from Conwell Dance. Afterwards some international cuisine was enjoyed while listening to music from Anes & Cristiana Granada and FSWC Student Liz Cairns.

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Dungannon community groups Beam Creative Network and First Steps Women’s Centre have been shortlisted in Ulster Bank’s 2016 Skills & Opportunities Fund (Round 1) and now have an opportunity to receive funding from a £2.5m overall fund.

Over 110 applications from charities, community groups and state-funded schools and colleges were received in the latest round of Ulster Bank’s Skills & Opportunities Fund initiative.

These were narrowed down to a shortlist of six across Northern Ireland and alongside both Dungannon based community organisations other NI groups named are Sentinus Lisburn, Larne-based LEDCOM, West Bann Development and LCC Community Trust.

Members of the public can now play their part in helping to decide which groups will be awarded funding.

The Public Vote runs from midday on Friday 8 April to midday on Friday 22 April.

The results of the public vote will count as one vote alongside those of a panel of judges in each region, deciding which worthy causes receive funding, with the winners announced in the week of the 23rd May.

Every project will help people from some of Northern Ireland’s most disadvantaged communities help themselves to succeed in life by learning new skills, finding work or starting a business.

Donaghmore based Beam Creative Network helps people living in the Mid-Ulster region to find jobs or set up their own businesses in the creative industries sector. Every vote counts and voting is simple: just go to the Vote for your project section on skillsandopportunitiesfund.ulsterbank.com; select a region and follow the instructions to vote for your project.