The Women’s Community Projects (Mullingar) Association was established in 1985 and has a proud record of achievement and service to the local community in particular to women, children and their families.
Sr. Finbar Breslin was first appointed to Mullingar as parish sister over 25 years ago and she immediately set to work creating a supportive environment for women to meet, build on their confidences and acquire basic home and craft skills. Women had a very different role in Irish society at the time and Sr. Finbar alongside a goup of local women working on a voluntary basis were instrumental in setting up and driving the agenda to create a local women’s project. They worked to progress incremental change and to develop a centre for women that would address barriers around their caring roles and responsibilities by providing both training opportunities and childcare supports.
Over the years the centre has developed a range of training programmes that has provided women with the skills and supports and enabled them to secure employment or continued education. The Project continues to expand, modify and diversify its activities, in line with the needs of women in the local Community.
Today Women’s Community Projects provides a range of integrated support services to families and in particular to women and children. It is now Mullingar’s’ largest training and development centre and is also home to one of the biggest childcare facilities in the country.
“To facilitate the empowerment of women through education training and community enterprise development”
- To facilitate women in identifying their needs and in developing their potential through the provision of appropriate personal development and educational programmes / opportunities
- To provide learning and training experiences which address the identified needs.
- To provide childcare facilities for attendees of the projects educational activities, vv for parents attending other Community Education Programmes and for families in the community who have been identified as in need of this support.
- To promote equality and progression of all women regardless of colour, creed or culture.
- To work closely with state agencies and make effective use of allocated resources.
- To deliver all out services with professional and client centered approach, respectful of the adult status of our employees and trainees.
- To assess and review projects on an on-going basis.