Women’s groups have been supported by the Family Resource Centre with the help of organisations and funding such as Ballyhoura Development Limited, the VEC, the Department of Social Protection, and most recently lottery funding.
Since 2003 women’s groups have run in Hospital and Kilteely, undertaking various courses and activities. As a participant of one women’s group said:
The group worked more as an inter-community meeting of people than a ‘course’, nobody was judged in the group and we are all treated as equal. I found my “roots” in the community from joining the group
Both the Hospital and Kilteely Groups have engaged in a number of different activities and training. In 2013 during the International Campaign of the Opposition of Violence to Women the group ventured out in to the local community and set up information points providing literature on local and national services in the Domestic Violence Sector for both men and women. More recently, the women marked this time in 2014 with an Art exhibition and the production of an ‘tent information card’ which they distributed throughout the area.
During Mental Health Week the group underwent Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Training which looks at developing a self-care plan around mental health issues for individuals.
The group is also involved in many other activities such as Sean Nos dancing, Reiki, Massage, Flower Arranging and many more activities throughout the year.
The Hospital Group were very active in linking with the Step Forward Group in relation to campaigning against the removal of services from local communities – In particular transport and post office services.
The groups networked together in 2014 and continue to do so in 2015 with joint events planned. New members and ideas are always welcome as are volunteers who would like to work with the groups.