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Supporting Women (Project Completed September 2014)

The aim of the project is to advance women and their families who have experienced trauma and /or disadvantage as a direct result of the Northern Ireland conflict.  The Project will encourage Peace building between different communities  and offer a range of holistic interventions which will involve group work, participatory workshops, information sessions, training seminars (with available accreditations in some subjects) study and networking visits and individual support via the projects frontline dedicated women’s officer.

The project will be addressing issues around –

  • Memories of the conflict
  • Peace and reconciliation training
  • Therapeutic training
  • Essential skills to address long standing issues in PUL communities
  • Cross Community networking /relationship building
  • British/Irish history classes / workshops
  • Networking opportunities across Northern and Southern Ireland
  • Complimentary therapies
  • Historical site visits
  • Legacy Exhibition
  • Cross border networking/relationship

These programmes are designed to promote community engagement, community cohesion, through breaking down barriers to engagement (childcare, confidence etc), promoting participation and inclusion, deliver empowerment and dispel myths and images of those from a different section of the community/ethnicity.  They will increase capacity for leadership in women and young people by instilling confidence and transferrable skills to become active players/peacebuliders in their local community.

Through development of programmes aspiring to promote mutual respect and understanding, the project aims to deliver a skills base within the community which will reinforce the transition to peace.  A confident, educated community will be better placed to address its challenges.  For information on the project or how to get involved, contact Trina Scott on 91478292 or email trina@kilcooleywomenscentre.co.uk