Here Comes the Girls Programme features in Irish Times

Westmeath Community Development's 'Here Comes the Girls' Programme was featured in an article in the Irish Times yesterday, 27/07/2020.  We're very proud of this programme and you can read about some of the work that's been done by it below.  

 Here Comes the Girls

Developed by Westmeath Community Development, and supported by Rethink Ireland, Bank of America and the Department of Rural and Community Development, Here Comes the Girls is a course-based programme designed to remove the barriers which can both prevent and discourage some females from taking part in training and upskilling. Childcare costs, lack of transport, uncertainty and lack of prior training and/or work experience can all be barriers.

In mid-March, as the pandemic took hold, it became clear that a response to the Covid-19 situation needed to be developed. Westmeath Community Development knew they needed to move courses online and they also realised that by allowing individuals to be upskilled, they could transfer their existing skillset to the healthcare industry to allow them to work as a healthcare assistant. 

By early April, a new online course had begun with 35 participants on board. 30 females and 10 males are now taking part in the course, and 25 per cent have already progressed to employment in local nursing homes, hospitals and community healthcare settings. Intake for the course is ongoing for anyone interested in working as a healthcare assistant.

Text sourced from Article in Irish Times 27/07/2020

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