Kilcooley connects with educational project
Published: Tue, 10 Jul 2012
We've presented the Community and Education Partnership Award to the Kilcooley Women’s Centre, in partnership with Kilcooley Primary School, Bangor.
The award was presented in recognition of the partnership’s success in offering support for women and families in the Kilcooley estate for over 16 years, through a range of programmes providing, training, employability skills, social responsibility programmes, health and wellbeing interventions, personal development/confidence building and reconciliation activities. The project was so successful that it's now being rolled out to other estates in the North Down and Ards area, and more recently to Lisnabreen.
Gerry Duffy manages the CEP awards and he was delighted to make the presentation to the partnership. He explains, "This project has provided a lifeline for women who have little or no confidence to raise their aspirations in terms of employability and family life, or simply to improve their mental health and wellbeing."
Alison Blayney, the Director of Kilcooley Women’s Centre, added, “The partnership approach between the Women’s Centre and the School enables both organisations to work towards a lifelong learning agenda in the area. We are helping each other address the legacy of educational underachievement in a positive and proactive way”.
Community & Education Partnership Award is presented by the Housing Executive to communities which clearly demonstrate innovation in tackling local social or environmental issues. This is the second year the award has been presented.