On Line Petition


Hi Everyone, our online petition is now up and running, please use the link below and sign to Save Your Women’s Centre, spread the word.  We need as much public support as possible. It is on the home page of our website http://nccwn.org/.
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Letters from letter writing campaign arrive at the Dail


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Postage of letters from our letter writing campaign to The Office of the Minister of Environment, Community and Local Government which took place on Monday 14th July

Help Save Your Women’s Centre

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For the past fifteen years The North Leitrim Women’s Centre has been a voice and advocate for many women in North Leitrim both at a local and national level.  Now with new Local Government Reform, the North Leitrim Women’s Centre will cease to be unless we are successful in our national lobby to have our funding retained.
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The North Leitrim Women’s Centre has helped and supported women coming together throughout the North of the County; whether as a drop in Centre, information access, accredited training, non-accredited training, Well Woman Clinic, through the provision of information sessions or to celebrate women’s lives and achievements.  The North Leitrim Women’s Centre has been a voice for North Leitrim women both at a local and national level.  Over the years it has challenged the structures that impact on women’s lives in North Leitrim.  Last year alone the North Leitrim Women’s Centre provided support to 3,500 women, 141 women accessed accredited training, 282 accessed non-accredited training, 295 women accessed women’s health services via the Well Woman Clinic, 102 hours of counselling was provided,  358 women attended events and seminars.  Many women accessed the Centre for Positive Mental Health Programmes, social networking, raising awareness of Violence Against Women or just for a chat and a cup of tea.
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The National Collective of Community based Women’s Network’s (NCCWN) current annual budget is €1.3 million,this funds the work of the 17 NCCWNwomen’s projects throughout Ireland.  The North Leitrim Women’s Centreand 16 other women’s networks nationally are under grave threat of losing their funding now and of possible closure by the end of the year. TheNCCWNworked this limited budget in 2013 and the projects engaged with 36, 589 women from many different communities.  NCCWN has demonstrated that this represents excellent value for money.  

We are at present campaigning for survival.  A petition is ongoing in our Centre to Minister Kelly requesting funding to be ring fenced for the National Women’s Collective or lobby your local Councillor of TD for this.  For more information visit our website www.northleitrimwomenscentre.ie, by phoning the Centre on 071 9856220, email nlwrg@eircom.net or simply by calling in.  Please support this campaign
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The National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks (NCCWN) was established as a national organisation in 2002. The rationale for the organisation was to enable women experiencing disadvantage, to network and have a voice in national policy developments.  This consolidated many years of informal feminist networking and information sharing in the women’s community sector, dating back to the 1990s. This networking arose from a shared concern to address women’s poverty, the marginalisation and exclusion of women, and the need for a gender perspective in community development.  Working from a feminist perspective and social inclusion ethos, equality is consistent as the central goal of the NCCWN in recognition that women’s inequality is further compounded for disadvantaged women. 
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Currently the NCCWN (i.e. the work of the 17 local Women’s Projects) is funded at a national level under the Local Community Development Programme (LCDP) as an alternative structure since January 2011. The Government demonstrated their commitment to women in 2011 by making separate arrangements to ensure that as a national/local women’s programme our specific remit as an essential aspect of addressing women’s inequalities were recognised


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Help Save Your Women’s Centre


National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks (NCCWN)

North Leitrim Women’s Centre


Help us to secure the future of your Women’s Centre

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Dear Friend,


We at the North Leitrim Women’s Centre have always tried to listen to the needs of local women and have worked tirelessly over the last 20 years to provide supports and services for local women, be a voice for local women and provide a space for local women to come together to learn new skills, build friendships, access services and just create a space for women to come together.
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We’ve  tried to always be there to support local women and now we are asking you to support us and help us to secure the future of the Women’s Centre.

Recent government decisions and proposed funding arrangements for 2015 onwards will have a serious impact on the future of the North Leitrim Women’s Centre and our ability to continue our work with local women.

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The North Leitrim Women’s Centre is one of 17 locally based Community Women’s Projects around the country that make up the National Collective of Community based Women’s Networks (NCCWN). The NCCWN is currently funded under the Local Community Development Programme (LCDP) which enables us to provide supports and services to local women in communities like our own. This funding makes our work possible and without it there is a real risk that we will not be able to continue our work and keep our Women’s Centre open.  This current funding programme is due to end on the 31st of December.

We need your help to highlight the work we do and the impact the loss of our centre will have on you as women who have used the centre, this is an opportunity for you to let the Minister know how much your women’s centre means to you and your community and ask that funds are found and secured to ensure we can keep working with and on behalf of local women.


We have attached a template letter that we are asking women to personalise. I know in the age of computers it’s easier to just print off a letter but handwritten personalised letters have a much greater impact. We are asking you to look at the template, and use it as a guide to hand write and personalise a letter stating what the centre means to you, what supports you’ve accessed, course you’ve done etc. it doesn’t have to be long just personal.

All 17 projects across the country are asking women to do this and we will post them all the same day. Just write your letter and address an envelope to the Minister and bring it into the Women’s Centre by Friday the 11th of July, we will provide the stamps and post all the letters on the same day.

Please forward this to whoever you think will support our work, ask your friends, family and work colleagues etc  and remember to ask them to drop there letter into the women’s centre.


Thank you for your support, your voice matters …. Let’s send a clear message that we do not want to see services and supports for women to close in our community


Staff & Board of the North Leitrim Women’s Centre.





Insert your address


Dear Minister Hogan,

I am writing to express my concern about the future of The North Leitrim Women’s Centre. Over the years I have done several training courses (name Course(s)/ and/or attended The Well Woman Clinic/Day Out) with them in which we learnt about (name what it was you learnt and how it bettered you), Women’s Human Rights and Government commitments to women’s equality. As a result of this I have become much more actively involved in my community.


I urge you to honour the commitments made by successive governments to equal rights for women. Please ring fence funding for the National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks. The work of the network is valuable and nobody else is doing it.

Yours sincerely

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Girls Day Out


Girls Day Out 2014

 We’re on the move again!

Following on from last Autumn’s very successful day out to Kildare we’re organising a Mid Summer’s Trip to the West.

Saturday 21st June

The Museum of Country Life, Co Mayo

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The award-winning Museum of Country Life is home to the National Folk-life Collection offering a unique opportunity to see how the people of Ireland lived in the hundred years between the Great Famine and the end of the 1950s. It offers guided tours and folk craft workshops. The Museum is set in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park House.

  Followed afterwards by lunch in the nearby picturesque Westport and a chance to potter round, take in the sights, do a bit of shopping, or just relax and enjoy the Mid summer sunshine (we hope)

 Approximate cost of €35 per person which includes bus, morning tea/coffee & scone , lunch, entry to the museum and participation in a folk craft workshop on the day

To book your place contact the Women’s Centre on 071 9856220 email nlwrg@eircom.net or simply call in

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Celebrating 10 years of the North Leitrim Women’s Centre Well Woman Clinic


Celebrating 10 years of the

North Leitrim Women’s Centre’s

Well Woman Clinic


Saturday May 10th 2014 marked the 10th Anniversary of the opening on the Well Woman Clinic in The North Leitrim Women’s Centre in Manorhamilton and those involved in the marked the occasion with an event to celebrate the success and achievements of the service and what it had meant to local women in North Leitrim over the last 10 years.


Speaking at the event Assumpta Kelly, the Co-ordinator of the North Leitrim Women’s Centre said “The service is a truly wonderful and valuable service for women and we’re very proud here at the Women’s Centre to be celebrating its 10th Birthday. That’s 10 years of providing a professional, high quality service looking after the health and wellbeing of women not just from the locality but from as far away as Longford, Donegal, Roscommon, Cavan and Sligo”.


Margaret Harkin a director and founding member of the North Leitrim Women’s Centre spoke about the background to the establishment of the service. She recalled the many long hours and late nights that local women put in, identifying the need for a local service to meet the health needs of Women and then the work of trying to secure funding and support from the North Western Health Board as it was then to get the service up and running. It was a long road and Margaret in her speech paid tribute to all the women that gave their time and commitment to see it happen, she said “without a group of women committed to and focused on the issues and needs of women we’d be lost… from humble beginnings with commitment and hard work look what can be achieved”.  


Dr. Helen Fitzsimons who holds the Clinic spoke with passion and humor about the early days of the service coming in the beginning to an empty shell of a room with nothing but a sink, building up the service, getting to know the local women, gaining women’s confidence and building the Clinic into the respected, valued service it is today. The Clinic has gone from strength to strength and over the last 10 years has looked after over 3,500 women at its fortnightly clinic in the North Leitrim Women’s Centre. Dr, Fitzsimmons spoke about the importance of the Well Woman Clinic’s position within the North Leitrim Women’s Centre, she likened it to stepping into a ‘nice warm bath’, the cosy, safe, welcoming atmosphere that the Women’s Center creates for the women that use the services of the Well Woman Clinic.


Thanks were also paid to the staff and management within the HSE West whose support and funding over the last 10 years has made the Well Woman Clinic possible. Tribute was paid to the HSE for supporting the vision of the women involved in the North Leitrim Women’s Centre to create a welcoming, professional, woman to woman health service dedicated to looking after the full spectrum of women’s health needs.


Maeve Mac Dermott the Primary Care Team Facilitator with the HSE West also spoke at the event. She spoke about how the Clinic fitted with HSE’s vision for health care to be rooted in local communities and the importance of Community Involvement in the  delivery of health care in the community. Maeve complimented the Well Woman Clinic on the quality and nature of the service it delivered to local women. The North Leitrim Women’s Centre’s Well Woman Clinic is a wonderful model of community based service delivery. Maeve spoke about the range of services that the Clinic provided including Health Screening for Cervical and Breast Cancer, family planning advice, contraception advice, advice and services around fertility, pregnancy, the menopause and mental health. The Well Woman Clinic takes care of the full spectrum of women’s health for all ages and all stages of women’s lives. Maeve also spoke about the important role the Well Woman Clinic and the Women’s Centre played in not only looking after the physical health of women but in providing a space for women to come together and to connect with each other in a world where people are becoming increasingly isolated and insular.


The voices and opinions of local women who used the service also featured on the day, with the results of a recent review of the service being presented. The review was unsurprisingly positive and full of praise for the service. Women commented on the excellent level of service and care they received, the knowledge and expertise of Dr. Fitzsimmons in Women’s Health issues, the friendly welcoming atmosphere of the clinic, the non-clinical atmosphere of the Clinic being as it is located within the North Leitrim Women’s Centre and the focus of the clinic being exclusively on women and women’s needs. A key determinant of the success of the Well Woman Clinic that women highlighted was that the Clinic was part of the overall service and work of the North Leitrim Women’s Centre. The Well Woman Clinic is and continues to be a vital part of the work of the Women’s Centre that focuses on the holistic needs of women.


As one service user put it “the overall atmosphere in the Clinic, the non-clinical environment and its position within a Centre that provides a variety of different services for women works to put women at ease, feel more comfortable and less nervous 


The day’s celebration was attended by local women, past and present members of the North Leitrim Women’s Centre and local political representatives. The Marie Keating Foundation was also present at the event with their free confidential advice and information service.


The day also provided a few treats for those present with a number of relaxing and fun workshops ranging from dance and movement, relaxation and mindfulness meditation, a great day was had by all and there was even a bit of birthday cake on offer.


Those involved in the Well Woman Clinic are looking forward to celebrating their 20th Anniversary in 2024.


The Well Woman Clinic operates in the North Leitrim Women’s Centre every second Wednesday. The Clinic runs on an appointment only basis, for more information or to make an appointment contact the North Leitrim Women’s Centre on 071 – 9856220.

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Fetac Level 4 Short Order Cookery Certificate Presentation


Friday evening the 9th May 2014 saw the Fetac Level 4 Short Order Cookery Course Presentation.  It was a great evening with 29 participants receiving Fetac Level 4 Certification.  Congratulations to all on this brilliant achievement.  A big thank you to the VEC for providing the Course and to the Course tutor David Mitchell.
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Arts and Crafts with Liz Byrne


Friday 2nd May 10-1

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Screen print your own shopping bag with a blossom inspired pictures. You can cut your own stencils and hand print your own design. Cotton bags provided, pre booking essential as spaces limited to 10 participants.   Cost €5
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The Well Woman Clinic 10th Anniversary Celebration


 The Well Woman Clinic 10th Anniversary Celebration 

Saturday 10th May – 10am – 2.30pm 

In The North Leitrim Women’s Centre, The Bee Park, Manorhamilton

Join us to celebrate the Well Woman Clinic’s 10th birthday   – it’ll be  a morning of stories and memories… hear it all began, listen to women’s experiences of the service and share your own


There’ll also be some pampering and relaxing workshops aimed at supporting your ‘Health, Well Being & Happiness’


All followed by lunch and of course some Birthday Cake!


Some come along and join the fun


More detail to follow


For more information or to book a place contact the Women’s Centre on 071 -9856220 e-mail nlwrg@eircom.net

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Alzheimer’s Tea Morning


Alzheimer’s Tea morning takes place in the Women’s Centre Manorhamilton on Thursday 1st May from 11-1.  Please support this worthy cause, funds raised in the area, stay in the area.
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