Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced the appointment of an Advisory Panel to review ‘The Developing Women in the Community’ pilot programme and provide recommendations on the way forward.
The project is part of the cross-Executive Tackling Paramilitarism, Criminality & Organised Crime Programme.
The panel will be chaired by Louise Coyle, Director of Rural Women’s Network, who will be joined by a range of people working at grassroots, from across the women’s, voluntary and community sectors.
Minister Hargey said:
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all panel members for their willingness to join the panel to assist delivery of intervention for women. Their experience and input to the process will ensure constructive assessment of this very important area of work.
“I am delighted that women’s voices and their participation within the community is being developed. The panel will be critical in ensuring that women take on active roles in promoting thriving communities, demonstrating the ability of future women as leaders and contributing to community wealth building.”
The Developing Women in the Community programme provides training and support to women of all ages, equipping and empowering them with the skills knowledge and confidence to become involved in transformational community development, helping to support and build capacity in local communities. The programme is currently being delivered in 14 areas by a range of community based project delivery partners.
The panel has been asked to report within six weeks of the current programme completing on 31 March 2022.
Notes to editors:
- The Department for Communities has been allocated £375,000 funding to deliver the Developing Women in the Community Programme in the 2021/22 financial year.
- The programme is currently being delivered across 14 areas to 254 participants.
- Members of the Advisory Panel are: Louise Coyle, Northern Ireland Rural Women’s Network, Alison Wallace, Neighbourhood Renewal, Eileen Murphy, Women’s Aid Armagh, Rachel Powell, Women’s Resource & Development Agency, Kate Clifford, Rural Community Network, Sarah Burrows, Charity Solicitor, Edwards & Co, Kendall Bousquet, Migrant Centre NI, Christopher Farrington, DoJ, Joanne McPadden, DoJ and Carolyn Mada, TEO.
- Full details of the specification and information and guidance notes for the programme is available on the DFC website
- Further information about the cross-Executive Tackling Paramilitarism, Criminality and Organised Crime Programme is available on the NI Executive website.
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