First Steps Women’s Centre

Broker Details

Name: First Steps Women’s Centre
About: Voluntary, Community or Social Enterprise organisation
Address: 21a William Street, Dungannon, Tyrone, BT70 1DX
Primary Contact Michael McGoldrick
Telephone: 02887727648
Mobile: 07898888531
Location(s): Tyrone
Clause(s): Community engagement events, Health & wellbeing strategy for staff, Health and wellbeing initiatives, Skills development and educational attainment, Unpaid work placements
Priorities: Children and young people, People from a minority ethnic background, People from deprived areas, People who are long-term unemployed, People who need support with mental or physical wellbeing, People with a disability, Refugees and asylum seekers, Women from socially deprived areas

“I was broken and First Steps Women’s Centre helped put me back together again.”*
First Steps Women’s Centre (FSWC) opened in 1998. It was formed to provide a space where women could meet, learn and support one another. A place for women to have their own “me” time and to make up for opportunities missed in the past. It saw the need to help migrant women learn English. It quickly developed ESOL programmes – English for Speakers of Other Languages as a way of supporting migrant women. FSWC also provides Literacy, Numeracy, IT, and Wellbeing programmes.
By 2020’s First Steps Women’s Centre (FSWC) was providing annually, 550-600 places for women attending 40-50 courses with an onsite creche. It had expanded its Centre in 2018 to help cater for the demand. FSWC also developed additional support with its own minibus and counselling services.

“I’m so happy I found this place. This is my mental health relax place.” *
Why Does First Steps Women’s Centre need the money?
First Steps Women’s Centre is seeking investment from donors to continue and maintain its support, programmes and activities. One woman described the impact the Centre has had on her life :

“I had closed myself off and when I took the leap to join a course in First Steps Women’s Centre I wished I had of done it sooner. It became my wee time for me, heaven.” *

* External Independent Evaluation Blue Moss Dec 2022


First Steps Women’s Centre

21a William Street, Dungannon, Tyrone, BT70 1DX