Exiles Forum

Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland


Celebration evening for Old Warren women

Women from Old Warren celebrated their achievements with Community Worker Francis Ferris, Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson, MLA Jonathan Craig, Alderman Ivan Davis, Alderman Paul Porter and Councillor Jenny Palmer

THE womens' training groups within Old Warren have been growing in numbers since the opening of the new Laganview Centre on the estate. Therefore it was fitting that the women decided to hold their latest Celebration of Achievements evening in the Community Hall within the Centre.

It proved an ideal setting for the event as over fifty women gathered to receive their certificates.

There to see the efforts of the women rewarded were Jeffrey Donaldson MR Jonathan Craig MLA, Councillor Jenny Palmer, Alderman Paul Porter and Alderman Ivan Davis. Representing the Training for Women funding body was Karen Sweeny with Julita Jarutiene a talented artist from Lithuania, who has held workshops for many of the women, also showing her support. Francie Ferris, Training Officer with Old Warren Community Association, outlined the wide range of courses undertaken by the women before handing over to Karen Sweeny to make the presentations.

Prior to handing over the certificates Karen described her personal educational journey which everyone found inspirational.

In closing the ceremony Old Warren Community Associations Management Committee recognised the funding from the European Unions Peace Programme which had made the programme of courses possible.

Ulster Star