An Taoiseach Visits WOMEN’STEC

WOMEN’STEC was very pleased to welcome An Taoiseach Micheál Martin and his team to our premises in North Belfast today and to introduce them to the wide range of opportunities we provide to women seeking to improve their lives through learning non-traditional skills and trades. Our visitors also had the opportunity to meet some of our staff, students, and trustees and to learn more about the important work we are doing in the community.

Copyright © Kevin Cooper Photoline: Girls in the workshop with Micheál Martin participated in ‘hand casting’.

An Taoiseach’s visit provided a much needed boost for WOMEN’STEC, shining a spotlight on the vital work we are doing to help disadvantaged women to improve their circumstances amidst ever-growing difficulties.

Copyright © Kevin Cooper Photoline: Girls in the workshop demonstrate to An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin how to make a bird box.

The recent cuts to universal credit, COVID, rising rates of mental health crises, job losses, and difficulty accessing affordable childcare have hit the women in our communities the hardest. WOMEN’STEC seeks to address some of these challenges by providing opportunities to learn new skills, improve employability, and build resilience and self-confidence – all of which remove barriers to wellbeing and improve the circumstances of the women we support.

Copyright © Kevin Cooper Photoline: Taoiseach to visit creche.

Lynn Carvill, CEO of WOMEN’STEC said:

“Over the past eighteen months, we have seen the needs of women in our communities rise significantly and we have been working hard to address these needs and help women to succeed in all areas of their lives. An Taoiseach’s visit today will help us shine a spotlight on the important work we do at WOMEN’STEC. We’re delighted to welcome him to our building and are grateful for the opportunity to showcase what we do here.”