classes were running daily as well as "Improve Your
Maths & English" classes. The Group negotiated
the use of 2 more classrooms. One classroom was turned into
a creche to enable the group to look after pre-school children
while their mother/guardian was attending classes. This
would not have been possible without the help of North Down
Borough Council, who supplied the services of a qualified
creche worker to work alongside volunteers.
other classroom was turned into a study room, with the help
of a £5,000 grant from the Community Fund. This enabled
the group to run computer and academic classes such as Maths
and English at the same time along with taster courses in
leisure topics such as aromatherapy, reflexology and crafts
which the group hoped would attract women with a fear of returning
to education. From 1995 to 2003, the group operated purely
by people giving their time voluntarily. However, due to the
success of the project and the number of women using the service,
the Volunteers were finding they needed paid staff to take
over the day to day running of the group.
the Group employes seven people (3 full time and 3 part time).
Statistics for the academic year 2007/08 indicated 250 women
were now members of the group and the organisation has faciilitated
over 500 individual learning.
Group also works in partnership with the South Eastern Education
and Library Board, Banardos and the Ulster Community Hospitals
Trust in a 'School Age Mother' (SAMs) project. Together we
will strive to retain the young mothers interest in education
by intergrating them into our varied programme.
addition to the educational programme, the Group runs a successful
'Healthy Living Project'. The Group facilites smoking cessation,
weigh to health, nutritional advice,
and the walking group.
If you want to discuss your educational options, please
contact Carol on 91478292 or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org