15/12/2005

Cash boost for west Belfast women's centre

The Footprints Women's Centre in West Belfast has received a cash boost of almost £188,000 from the Department for Social Development's (DSD's) Belfast Regeneration Office.

The money will help protect ten jobs and enable the Centre to develop the range of services it offers to women from Poleglass, Twinbrook, Kilwee and Lagmore. These include training, education, personal development, health, parenting, childcare, counselling and cross community activities.

Minister for Social Development David Hanson said: "The Footprints Women's Centre is doing an important job of regenerating the community in which it is based both economically and socially. It has a strong self help ethos and is committed to empowering local women to drive forward renewal in their own neighbourhood.

"The Centre is a valuable resource which offers local women the chance to build self-esteem, get qualifications and improve their job prospects leading to a better quality of life for them and their families."

Footprints Women's Centre is the largest local employer outside of industry in the Colin area, employing 33 staff. It operates from a purpose built facility in Poleglass within the Colin Neighbourhood.

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