During September, The Women’s Centre met with six women's organisations on behalf of the Consortium to develop links, provide funding support, share policy templates and discuss the implication of the new District Council areas. It attended Magherafelt Women's Group Open Day, which provided networking opportunities with other women and groups within the Mid-Ulster area.
The Women's Centre represented the Women's Regional Consortium at a range of other events. It joined an Early Years Workshop, delivered by Social Enterprise NI on the essentials for setting up a childcare social enterprise, and attended the North West Community Network's (NWCN) recent Community Planning Event. This event provided opportunities for fostering greater co-operation in the North-West region in the context of the upcoming changes to local government and community planning. FWIN represented the the Consortium at a Community Planning Workshop organised by the new Derry City and Strabane District Council to ensure that the views of women from disadvantaged and rural areas would be represented when decisions are made on how to tackle issues such as sustainable development, poverty, social exclusion and deprivation.
FWIN also held a two day Power, Peace and Patriarchy Conference, which was attended by 110 women from women’s groups from throughout the region. Everyone who came along received information on the Consortium. The Consortium was also included in a booklet detailing participants in the conference.
The Women's Centre and WSN will shortly be meeting with DSD on behalf of the Consortium to ensure the views of women and women's centres in disadvantaged and rural areas are heard. They will discuss the future of the Women's Centre Childcare Fund (WCCF), Bright Start and the forthcoming childcare strategy.