A Waterford Festive Fundraiser

We are delighted to share that Waterford Women’s Centre have been chosen as a recipient of a Festive Fundraiser being held and hosted by Ad Hoc Chorale and SETU friends.

The Concert will take place:

Thursday 1st December from 7.30pm

at the SETU Good Shepherd Chapel,

College Street, Waterford.

Tickets are €15.

If you would like to attend and help support this fundraising event for the Waterford Women’s Centre, you can purchase a ticket from the Women’s Centre Charity Shop located at 74 Manor Street.

Or you can purchase online at:  https://www.eventbrite.ie/o/ad-hoc-choral-and-setu-in-aid-of-waterford-womens-centre-and-svdp-5731868067

Or alternatively, you can purchase on entry to the event.

Please help us to spread the word by sharing with family and friends 🙂

Autumn 2022 – Study Skills Programme starting soon!

The Waterford Women’s Centre supported by the Waterford Wexford ETB will be starting up a new Study Skills Programme in the Centre this Autumn.

For any woman interested in taking part or finding out more about this opportunity, please ring Kate on the number provided below:

Autumn 2022 – Health and Wellbeing Programme starting soon in Portlaw

The Waterford Women’s Centre in collaboration with St. Brigid’s Family and Community Centre, supported by the Waterford Wexford ETB will be starting up a new Health and Wellbeing Programme in Portlaw, County Waterford this Autumn.

For any woman interested in taking part or finding out more about this opportunity, please ring Kate on the number provided below:

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