The Women’s Community Projects (Mullingar) Association was established in 1985 and has a proud record of achievement and service to the local community in particular to women, children and their families.
Sr. Finbar Breslin was first appointed to Mullingar as parish sister over 25 years ago and she immediately set to work creating a supportive environment for women to meet, build on their confidences and acquire basic home and craft skills. Women had a very different role in Irish society at the time and Sr. Finbar alongside a goup of local women working on a voluntary basis were instrumental in setting up and driving the agenda to create a local women’s project. They worked to progress incremental change and to develop a centre for women that would address barriers around their caring roles and responsibilities by providing both training opportunities and childcare supports.
Over the years the centre has developed a range of training programmes that has provided women with the skills and supports and enabled them to secure employment or continued education. The Project continues to expand, modify and diversify its activities, in line with the needs of women in the local Community.
Today Women’s Community Projects provides a range of integrated support services to families and in particular to women and children. It is now Mullingar’s largest training and development centre and is also home to one of the largest childcare facilities in the country.
Valerie McHugh – Coordinator