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WOMEN'STEC is celebrating bringing North Belfast women together to explore similarities and respect differences in their culture, religion and life experiences.
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Linked to the training were visits to local historic sites and cultural visits to the Indian Community Centre and the Chinese Welfare Association. Volunteering on a Habitat for Humanity house-building project in the Short Strand brought women from a protestant background on their first visit to a nationalist area and gave the women an opportunity to try out their new skills.

The programme was so successful that the group volunteered over the summer to build and decorate flower boxes with mosaics and to grow vegetables in the WOMEN'STEC garden.

Another successful outcome has been the setting up of the North Belfast Diversity Group. Meeting weekly, this group helps the women to keep up with their friendships as well as looking at issues of interest to them. The group have already visited Stormont and are planning a visit to the Linen Hall library.

To celebrate and showcase the hard work and commitment of the women on the project, WOMEN'STEC organised a barbecue and fun afternoon.

Patricia Fleming, WOMEN'STEC Project Manager said:

"This project gives women a brilliant opportunity to explore the environment they live in, at their own pace, and to meet new neighbours. It is a creative and fun way to bring women together that leads to tangible results. We wanted to say thank you to the group for all their hard work."

Sandra Casey, who took part in the programme said:

"I loved the house building. It was my first time on a roof and I'm not usually good with heights! But it was great fun and I made new friends. I now have two accredited qualifications, which I hope to build on. "

Belfast City Council representative, Councillor Marie Hendron, Chair of the Good Relations Partnership, said: "The focus for us here at Belfast City Council is to 'Build Positive Relations at the Local Level' and the WOMEN'STEC Bits and Pieces Project is vital in achieving this aim. Participant achievement is what we are here today to celebrate - encouraging female participation is key to the success of Peace III."

WOMEN'STEC is a local charity enabling women into non-traditional employment. If you are interested in building cross community or cultural links as well as developing your DIY skills WOMEN'STEC is recruiting now for a third group to take part in the Diversity and Horticulture training. Contact Patricia Fleming on 028 9074 9810 or [email protected]


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