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LDSIP Project - Women & Lone Parents Support & Development Passage East Print E-mail

Women & Lone Parent Support & Development Passage East ‘09


Waterford LEADER Partnership began working with the women in Passage East two years ago under the Local Development Social Inclusion Programme, following a general information evening that had been promoted locally through the papers, radio and posters around the village. Although a small turnout initially, momentum gradually built up and a programme of training was created based on the local needs identified with the support of tutors from the VEC, Dungarvan. We initially ran two computer courses – a FETAC accredited refresher course for people who were familiar with operating a PC at home or former work and needed a reintroduction and a basis course for people using a PC for the first time. The courses started out in the local hall with mobile laptops but were then transferred to the Dunhill Enterprise Centre for access to Internet and email. The feedback from the courses was very positive given the fact that people had to car pool to Dunhill, approx. 20 minutes from the village due to the lack of facilities in the immediate area. Four FETAC accredited computer modules were also delivered for the women in Dunmore East and three women from Passage East attended and completed the modules.

Two FETAC accredited cookery courses were delivered in the nearest suitable venue, Tramore VEC with a basic course initially running for ten weeks, following some months later by an advanced course focusing on nutrition and healthy cooking for families. The courses proved very popular and all the women were delighted with tutor, Olan Power funded by the VEC.

In addition the women came together for a number of meetings throughout the training with a particular focus on a chosen theme such as personal development - Personal Styling and Grooming. These evenings proved a wonderful opportunity to feedback on training and suggest new ideas/supports that might be built into the programme .

A ten week Gardening course took place over the summer months with local tutor, Malachy Doherty, who provided a wealth of information and knowledge on transforming the dormant flower beds and public green areas around the village with the support of Waterford County Council and local businesses who donated flowers and shrubs. The women worked very hard with Malachy in the summer evenings despite the weather, removing weeds, preparing beds and planting new flowers. A huge community effort helped out and inspired the women to think about entering for the Community Tidy Towns Competition. This idea became a reality this year when a Tidy Towns application was submitted and a new Gardening Course started to support the women in their community project. Again local businesses were targeted and new plants and flowers purchased and the women turned their attention to encourage more people to get involved in neighbouring, Crooke where beds and flowers were also worked on.

Judging for the Tidy Towns Competition will soon take place and I would like to wish everyone involved the very best of luck and acknowledge all the hard work achieved!



Last Updated on Monday, 05 October 2009 15:10