Ballybeen Women’s Centre


Ballybeen Women’s Centre (BWC) is a charity based in Dundonald, which enables local women to realise their full potential, through offering a range of support services and the delivery of targeted programmes. The charity has been running for 34 years and in this time has developed an effective service delivery model, enabling their beneficiaries to access a range of services and support in one location.  They have developed their core work across a number of key areas; education and training, childcare and family support, health promotion and education and culture diversity work.

Since 2000, the charity has received 7 grants from the Foundation to the value of £42,900, which have helped the organisation grow its core services and develop new programmes.

In 2016 they were awarded a £4,400 towards the ‘Beauty Means Business’ project, towards the course tutor and accreditation costs. The programme provided training in beauty, business and enterprise skills to women who had been previously excluded from training and employment opportunities, and who had experienced multiple forms of disadvantage. The programme included integrated support services such as childcare and one-to-one mentoring, helping reduce barriers to participation. The programme helped increase the employability of the 41 women who took part, through gaining accredited qualifications in beauty practice and gain insight into business set up and self-employment.

Amanda Marshall (Education and Training Coordinator) commented, ‘Our Beauty Means Business project equips women with Beauty Practitioner, business and enterprise skills allowing them to gain nationally recognised qualifications as well as explore employment and self-employment opportunities.  Many thanks to the Halifax Foundation for NI for funding this project.’


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Clifton House Heritage Centre
2 North Queen Street
Belfast BT15 1ES

T: 028 9032 3000

Registered in Northern Ireland Number 19019

Company Limited by Guarantee

Charity Number: NIC101763

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