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