Ballybeen Women's Centre

Ballybeen Women’s Centre is committed to enabling women, young people and pre-school children to realise their full potential and fulfil their aspirations through the promotion of health, personal and socio economic development. For over 33 years, Ballybeen Women’s Centre (BWC) has been developing and delivering quality services in an area of low and weak community infrastructure. Individuals and families can access a range of services and support in one location. The Centre provides support to other community groups and has been a catalyst for community development and capacity building in the area.

BWC promotes social inclusion through the development and management of programmes to address community needs. BWC has developed a number of core areas of work:

•             Education and Training

•             Childcare and Family Support

•             Health Promotion and Education

•             Peer Education Project

•             Culture and Diversity

•             General Support and Advice


‘Beauty Means Business’ project

Beauty Means Business aims to enhance the employability of individuals and groups experiencing multiple forms of disadvantage and exclusion through the delivery of a community based skills training programme for 30+ participants.

It offers training in beauty, business and enterprise skills to participants who have been previously excluded from training and employment opportunities, and enhances their employability through the delivery of an accredited skills and training qualification. This project also addresses personal barriers to participation by integrating a range of support mechanisms into the project such as childcare and one-to-one mentoring without which, access to these qualifications would otherwise be denied.

Ballybeen Women’s Centre were awarded £4,400 towards the tutor and accreditation costs. Since 2000, this organization has secured 7 grants from the Foundation to the value of £42,900.

Amanda Marshall, Education and Training Coordinator said,  ‘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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11-15 Donegall Square North


T: 028 9032 3000

Registered in Northern Ireland Number 19019

Accepted as a charity by the Inland Revenue under reference NIC 101763

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