WOMEN’STEC held a Community Services Information morning on 5 February in North Belfast, supported by Belfast City Council’s Capacity Building Programme.

The event was opened by Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Nuala McAllister who welcomed guests and organisations such as Parenting NI, Lighthouse and the Rainbow Project.

The event was held at WOMEN’STEC new premises at 29 Chichester Avenue, North Belfast and attracted over 60 people.  The morning brought together residents from the local area and community support organisations to heighten awareness and improve access to local services that are available, many of which are free of charge.  The event is held annually to remove barriers that people face to finding out information.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister stated, “It is important to identify and remove barriers that people face to accessing information.  This event is about bringing people together to share information on a range of important services that are available, ranging from counselling services to information on alcohol and drugs related issues.”

Patricia Fleming from WOMENT’STEC commented, “It is often when a crisis happens that people begin to swiftly try to research what services are available and how they can get support.  This event improves knowledge of support services so we are more informed, can share the information and can signpost to family and friends – and this can certainly have a life-saving impact on someone’s life.”

Exhibitors on the day included Action Mental Health, Women’s Aid Belfast and Lisburn, Lighthouse, Rainbow Project, Jigsaw Counselling, PIPS, Parenting NI, Crossin Chemist, AWARE, Patient & Client Council, Cancer Lifeline, Sure Start, and Belfast Recovery College.