September 2022 Applications open: Local Training Initiative – Pathways to Employment

Waterford Women’s Centre are taking applications for the Local Training Initiative – Pathways to Employment for September 2022

  • Do you need to take time for yourself to explore education, training, and employment options in a relaxed, supportive, and respectful environment? 
  • Do you need time to build your confidence and skills?
  • Not sure what you would like to do?

This General Learning QQI Level 4 programme will give you a good introduction to learning and build practical skills for employment.

Here is what the current participants have to say about the programme:

  • ‘It’s a calm, comfortable and supportive learning environment’
  • ‘You can learn from other women of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds’
  • ‘Enjoyable and helps boost your confidence’
  • ‘Great place if you are stay at home mam for a long time and want to get back into the workforce and unsure what you want to do’
  • ‘Helps to practice and prepare for the work environment’
  • ‘Great place to go when you are straight out of school and not sure what you want to do’
  • ‘It’s a great place to find yourself’
  • ‘Great place to make friends’

To find out more, please get in touch with Eleanor on 089 4360611

International Women’s Day / Women’s History Festival

Launch of Bonnet Exhibition and Heritage Blue Plaque

Waterford Women’s Centre celebrated 27 years of working with women in Waterford (1995 – 2022) on International Women’s Day March 8th.  50 attended the event in Waterford Institute of Technology, College Street Campus, with an International Circle Dance workshop, led by Kate Crotty, Women’s Centre, and a bonnet display commemorating Waterford women transported as convicts, marking women’s history week.  A Heritage Blue Plaque placed on the Women’s Centre in 2021 during lockdown, was relaunched.   

Launched also at the event was the exhibition of beautiful handmade bonnets, by women from the Women’s Centre ‘Bonnet Project’ facilitated by Liz Heffernan and funded by  WWETB.  The bonnet exhibition is part of the larger ‘Roses from the Heart’ exhibition remembering Waterford women who were transported to Tasmania in the 1800s and is in the Women’s Centre windows on Manor Street from 1st until 14th March.   Ann Kavanagh and Anne Quinlan, Women’s Centre, presented the historical context and read a letter from Christine Henry, founder of the Roses from the Heart Project, appreciating the continuation of this work in Waterford. 

Music was by the Women’s Centre singers under the direction of local musician Jane O’Brien-Moran. 

Thanks to all who attended the event and to those who supported it and to WIT for providing a wonderful space.    

Liz Heffernan with the Bonnet Group at the launch of the Heritage Blue Plaque March 8th 2022

Bonnet Group and LTI Pathways to Employment Groups at launch of Heritage Blue Plaque to Waterford convict women in the the 1800s

Coordinator for Waterford Women’s Centre

The National Collective Of Community Based Women's Networks

The National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks (NCCWN) are recruiting a full-time Coordinator for Waterford Women’s Centre (35 hours per week).  The Coordinator will work in partnership with the Board of Waterford Women’s Centre (Access 2000 CLG). 

This is an opportunity to lead the team working in this long-established feminist community development project that supports women’s equality.

Employed by the NCCWN Board of Management, the Coordinator is responsible for the day to day running, management and development of Waterford Women’s Centre & Childcare Service, in partnership with the Waterford Women’s Centre (ACCESS 2000 CLG) and will implement the aims, objectives and agreed areas of work outlined in the Strategic Plan in line with NCCWN National Work Plans.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A relevant third level qualification or equivalent
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience of in community development coordination which includes working with women’s groups and related issues.
  • An understanding of grassroots feminism  
  • The ability to use a community development approach, be a reflective practitioner and to operate from feminist principles
  • Excellent communication, coordination and report writing skills
  • The ability to motivate people and relate to diverse groups and individuals including conflict management
  • The ability to maintain the ethos of the NCCWN and the Waterford Women’s Centre across staff, participants, Boards of Management
  • Own transport essential.

For further information and application form please contact:                                                                         NCCWN National Coordinator Miriam Holt:

 Email: recruitment@womenscollective.ie Tel. 085 1312983

Applications must be made by application form only and emailed to Miriam Holt

Closing Date for applications 12 noon on Friday 4th February.   Shortlisting may apply.

This post is subject to funding (Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth)

NCCWN is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Autumn Programme Starting September 2021

We are delighted to announce our Autumn Programme of Community Education courses starting September 2021. Please see links below and contact details. If you would like to join us please send your name and contact information to the relevant email address and we will get back to at the end of August.

Health & Wellbeing

Women Exploring Options

Domestic Abuse Support Group

The Bonnet Project

Community Leadership Programme

Pathways to Employment – NCCWN Waterford Womens Centre