Fresh Start Initiative - A Programme for Women Involved in Community Transformation

10 May 2017 Shauna O'Neill    Last updated: 2 Jun 2017

The Department for Communities (DfC) will be facilitating a series of stakeholder engagement events to seek views on the development of a programme providing support for women wishing to be involved in community transformation.

This engagement process is being undertaken as part of the Department’s contribution to the Fresh Start initiative and to the delivery of the Executive’s Action Plan – Tackling Paramilitarism, Criminality and Organised Crime.

A series of engagement sessions have been arranged to gather your views about the programme’s proposed content which is designed to:

  • Be supportive and enhance the ability of the women participants to work in their communities by making new connections to community and voluntary sector groups and also through community action.
  • Support the creation of influential relationships for women that build participation in our political structures and grow civic leadership from the neighbourhood level upwards.

Information in relation to the stakeholder engagement and work undertaken by DfC’s Voluntary and Community Division to date in relation to this initiative can be accessed via the Department for Communities website.

The stakeholder engagement sessions will be held as follows:

Dates Location Venue / Address Time
22 May Coleraine Causeway Rural & Urban Network Hub, 1 Brook St. 2 – 4 pm
23 May Derry-Londonderry Holywell Trust,  10-14 Bishop St. 2 – 4 pm
24 May Belfast Spectrum Centre,  331 Shankill Rd. 10 am – noon
24 May Craigavon Mount Zion House,  Edward St, Lurgan 2 – 4 pm
25 May Dungannon The Junction,  12 Beechvalley Way 2 – 4 pm
25 May Newry Ballybot House,  28 Cornmarket 7 – 9 pm
26 May Belfast Training for Women Network, 11-13 Bloomfield Av. 10 am – noon
30 May Belfast Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich,  216 Falls Rd. 10 am – noon
30 May Belfast Weavers Court Business Park,  Linfield Rd.  3 – 5 pm
30 May Larne Larne Town Hall,  1-9 Upper Cross St. 7 – 9 pm
31 May Carrickfergus Carrickfergus Town Hall,  2B Joymount 7 – 9 pm
31 May Belfast NICVA,  61 Duncairn Gardens 10 am – noon
1 June Bangor Bangor Carnegie Library,  Hamilton Rd. 7 – 9 pm
2 June Lisburn Bridge Community Centre,  50 Railway St. 10 am – noon
5 June Omagh Tara Cnetre, 11 Holmview Avenue 12 noon - 2pm

Advance registration is not required. However, for planning purposes it would be appreciated if you would email Donna-Marie.Hancock@communities-ni.gov.uk or telephone 028 9082 9406 and provide the names and contact details of proposed attendees.  

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