History & Achievements
Waterford Women’s Centre (Access 2000 Ltd) has been designing and delivering needs based community education programmes for women since 1995. Below is a summary of programmes that have been delivered since that time and their impact. There is a common approach and ethos that characterises all of the training which has been developed from our experience and understanding of gender inequality, social exclusion and the barriers to participation in training, education and employment that women face in society. All our work focuses on the challenging and removal of these barriers
The following is a summary of the history and outcomes of the work in the Women’s Centre from 1995 to the present day:
- Access 2000 was founded on the need for accreditation for community activists and under the New Opportunities for Women 1996 a Higher Certificate and BA in Community Education and Development was designed in consultation with Waterford Institute of Technology and supported by FAS and DSFA.
- Women Making Choices and Training for Trainers in Community Facilitation was also designed and delivered between 1996 and 2000.
- A range of needs based pre-development programmes were designed and delivered with support from the EWM from 2001 - 2004. The programmes that were developed during this phase and the learning from that project has informed the integrated training model that exists within the women’s centre today.
- A Waterford County interagency group recognised the success of the EWM programmes and supported the development of an outreach pre-development programme in Tramore, Co. Waterford and has progressed to developing a self-managing community women’s group.
- A Progression Pathway was designed in 2004 to facilitate the need identified from the earlier groups. This pathway led to a new, innovative and integrated model of delivery of the Higher Certificate in Community Education and Development in the Women’s Centre.
- Following consultation with women community leaders including those who sucessfully completed the Higher Certificate, funding was sought for a HETAC level 7 Degree in Community Education and Development. which was successfully drawn down in late December 2010 from the Equality for Women Measure.
1995-1999: Design and delivery of Degree in Community Education and Development -19 women community activists from Wexford and Waterford completed the Higher Certificate and 10 completed the Degree - funded through New Opportunities for Women.
Delivery of capacity building programme "Women Making Choices" accredited by Open College Network to 60 women from Waterford
Delivery of "Training for Trainers in Community Facilitation" to 18 women from Wexford and Waterford
2000: Dept. Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Community Development Programme). Waterford Women’s Centre CDP was established at 74, Manor Street: purchased and renovated through funding from the European Regional Development Fund. Employed a coordinator, development worker and administrator.
2001-2004 Equality for Women Measure; employed a training coordinator and administrator, designed and delivered a range of Community education programmes working with over 60 women
ZONTA - ZEST Funding: 2001-2004: designed and delivered Honours Degree to 8 Women from Wexford and Waterford.
Equal Opportunity Childcare Programme (Capital and Staffing) 2000-2007 Provided on-site childcare for women attending the Centre from 2001 with a capacity to take up to 7 children
Purchased 75 Manor Street and built new childcare facilitate on site currently facilitating up to 25 children (opened November 2007)
Fas and DSFA funding 1996 - present; Supported a range of Community Education Programmes: Currently supports programme funding for up to 65 women in the following groups "Drop in" "Time for Me" "Mna na Tra" "African Women’s Forum" and Higher Certificate in Community Education and Development.
The first Waterford Women’s Centre delivery of the Higher Certificate in Community Education and Development began in 2004 - since that time 33 women have participated and achieved certification.
18 of these women have graduated with a full Higher Certificate in Community Education and Development since 2004.
11 women have sucessfully completed the degree programme and will graduate with a HETAC Level 7 Degree in Community Education and Development in January 2013.
2 degree participants took up full time employment and three took up part-time employment as a direct result of their participation on the degree.