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Women’s Regional Consortium

Working to Support Women in Rural Communities and Disadvantaged Urban Areas The Consortium for the Regional Support for Women in Disadvantaged and Rural Areas consists of seven established Women’s Sector organisations who are committed to working in partnership with each other, government, statutory organisations and women’s organisations, centres and groups working in disadvantaged and rural areas to ensure that organisations working for women are given the best possible support in the work they do in tackling disadvantage and social exclusion. The seven groups are as follows:



The Consortium will be the established link and strategic partner between government and statutory agencies and women in disadvantaged and rural areas (D&RA) including all groups, centres and organisations delivering essential frontline services, advice and support. The Consortium will ensure that there is a continuous two way flow of information between government and the sector. It will ensure that organisations/centres & groups are made aware of consultations, government planning and policy implementation. In turn the Consortium will ascertain the views, needs and aspirations of women in D&RA and take these views forward to influence policy development and future government planning which will ultimately result in the empowerment of local women in disadvantaged and rurally isolated communities.

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WSN launch 'Lifeline for Women' advice report - March 2013

WSN have launched a major new research report funded by Belfast City Council. The report, entitled: ‘Lifeline for Women - Empowerment through advice, support and advocacy’ was launched at Dunsilly House Hotel on 27 March 2013 with representatives from government, statutory, community & voluntary and the women’s sectors in attendance.

The report details the specialist advice services available to women in the greater Belfast area and, specifically, the specialist women only advice services model in the Falls Women’s Centre. The full report is available in the Publications & Newsletter section of our website.



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IWD Rename the Hall Event

WSN worked in partnership with WomensTec and the Community Relations Forum to celebrate International Women’s Day by renaming the Forum’s historic building, the Barron Hall in Glengormley, the Lilian Bland Hall for the month of March.  The renaming of the hall was part of the wider celebrations to celebrate the achievements of women and none better to represent Newtownabbey than pioneer aviator Lilian Bland!

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