Latest from Footprints


On Tuesday 21st October Footprints Women's Centre members and staff got into the Children in Need spirit by swapping their makeup for a Pudsey pawprint, joining women all across the UK in having a BearFaced moment.

The Centre was buzzing as members and staff received their pawprint and then posed for a photo with our very own Pudsey Bear!!

Everyone had the opportunity to have their BearFaced moment captured by the kind staff at Belfast Exposed who called to capture our occasion and lend their support to the fundraising event!


More bearfaced beauties ... our lovely Louise and NEETS group who offered complimentary beauty treatments to everyone participating in the recent bearfaced day ... facials & hand massages, nails filed & polished - it was a great day!! Thanks to everyone who joined in for your support :)

Nelson McCausland opens new £140,000 Crèche at Footprints Women’s Centre

Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland officially opened our Crèche.

The £140,000 extension to the Centre was fully funded under the Department for Social Development's Neighbourhood Renewal Investment Programme. As well as providing places for up to 18 children the new crèche has a separate family room for families in need of additional support.

Minister McCausland said: "This extension will be of tremendous benefit to the women and families who use this facility and enables the Centre to extend the vital community places they provide.


Women's Support Weekly Drop-In

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BearFaced for Children in Need ...

Our very own Kyra Pauley, Deputy Director & Childrens Services Manager has posed completely make up free for the BBC Children in Need BearFaced campaign, isn't she stunning!! (click on the story title to view her photo)

Children in Need supports our work here in Footprints so Kyra was honoured & delighted to be chosen to take part in the campaign. 

Have your own #BearFaced moment and swop your makeup for a pawprint to help raise money and awareness

Environmental Action Project

Footprints Women's Centre hosted the first of a series of public meetings on Thursday 28th August 2014 on climate change and sustainable solutions to the ongoing energy debate. The event was attended by Footprints Women's Centre staff, women and children and representatives from Friends of the Earth, the National Trust, Climate Change NI, Bryson Group, Business in the Community and Tools for solidarity.

Sustainable Living Manager to participate in Schumacher Ireland’s Sustainable Leaders Programme

Eileen Wilson, Sustainable Living Manager within Footprints Women’s Centre, is set to take part in a project which will bring together a group of 20 individuals on a residential course to develop their ability to lead in the transition to a sustainable and resilient society. The course will take the form of a five day residential course based on learning pioneered by Schumacher College and will be run in association with the College and the School of Law at Queens University Belfast.

The course will explore;

- The concepts of equality and wellbeing within Northern Ireland

New Project Keeps Footprints Women’s Centre’s gardeners busy this winter

A new project called ‘Symbols of the Heart’ has taken place at Footprints Womens Centre this Winter, allowing Footprints Garden Group to produce a piece of art for the Kitchen Garden.

The completed project, a totem pole incorporating symbols which have been meaningful to the group during their time at the centre, is set to be unveiled in April 2014.

New Funding secured to expand Footprints Kitchen Garden

A grant of £2,000 was awarded to the Environmental Action Project in Footprints Women’s Centre in January 2014 by the Bombardier Aerospace (NI) Foundation to build on the success of our environmental projects.

We will expand the Kitchen Garden by developing additional groups within the centre for growing food. We plan to:

- Plant more fruit bushes

- Build additional raised beds for growing vegetables

- Transform a steep bank adjacent to the kitchen garden into a wildflower meadow

Footprints Womens Centre awarded the West Belfast Partnership Community Environment Award 2013

The ‘Reducing our Carbon Footprint’ project, one of many initiatives undertaken by Footprints to reduce our carbon footprint has been awarded the overall winner of the West Belfast Partnership Community Environment Award 2013.

This project improved the energy efficiency of the building through £49,800 funding from the Big Lottery Energy Efficient Venues Programme. Our energy efficiency was improved through:

-      An upgrade of the cavity wall insulation

-      Installation of a new entrance door

Environment Minister launches Energy Efficient Project at Footprints Women’s Centre

Footprints Women’s Centre has received £49,800 funding from the Big Lottery’s Energy Efficient Venues Programme to install energy efficient measures and renewable energy technology at the centre.

Fareshare and Footprints Women’s Centre in partnership to tackle Food Poverty and Waste

A partnership, agreed in January 2013 between Fareshare, Island of Ireland and Footprints Women’s Centre, will result in surplus food from retailers and manufacturers which would have been sent to landfill, being delivered to the centre each week for use in the catering service.

Big Lottery Fund awards Energy Efficient Venues Programme grant to Footprints Women’s Centre

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded Footprints Women’s Centre £49,800 to carry out energy saving improvements to the building and save money during the recession.

The grant released in October 2012 will be used to:

- Install Solar and PV panels on the building

- Improve the cavity wall insulation

- Fit Movement Sensors in toilets and store rooms.

These improvements will make the sensor more energy efficient and savings will be channelled back into the services offered at the centre.

Footprints Womens Centre wins ‘Gardening Against the Odds’ Award 2012 for Northern Ireland

Representatives from Footprints Women’s Centre’s Garden group have travelled to London’s Syon House to receive the reward. The awards were presented by David Bellamy; President of the Conservative Foundation and the guest speaker at the event was Alan Tichmarsh.

The awards celebrate those individual gardeners and community groups who overcome physical, psychological or environmental odds to create beautiful green spaces for others to enjoy.

Footprints Women’s Centre Sustainable Living Strategy

Footprints Women’s Centre’s Sustainable Living Strategy provides a framework based upon the values of sustainable development within which we can place organisational activities and operations. The Strategy translates the core concepts of the Sustainable Living Policy into objectives and guidelines for action, which will inform and impact upon all areas of our work.


Footprints Women’s Centre will publicise its environmental position and encourage similar environmental standards from third parties involved with its work e.g. Partners, customers and funders


Footprints Women’s Centre Sustainable Living Policy

Footprints Women’s Centre Sustainable Living Policy

Sustainable Living is based on the principle that everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.

Footprints Women’s Centre as an organisation is committed to this principle and aspires to create and maintain the conditions under which people and nature can exist in productive harmony.

Footprints Women’s Centre’s Board of Directors ratifies the Centre’s Sustainable Living Policy, April 2012

Footprints Women’s Centre is an organisation with a desire to protect the environment by ensuring the sustainable use of resources and the inclusion of ethical and environmental considerations in all our work. Footprints Women’s Centre vision includes using methods, systems and materials that will not deplete resources or harm natural cycles.

Peace III Programme Peace to Talk - Women's Empowerment and Participation Programme


Footprints Women’s Centre,  Atlas Women’s Centre, Greenway Women’s Centre, Ballybeen Women’s Centre and Scoil na Fuiseoige have come together to form a Social Partner Consortia. 

The overall aim of the project is to:

2011 National Training Awards

Footprints are delighted to announce that they were shortlisted for a National Training Award this year and as a finalist in the Small employer category attended a prestigious ceremony held in Parliament Buildings on 5th September. 

The ceremony, hosted by presenter Claire McCollum, honoured four regional winners, who will go on to represent Northern Ireland at the National Training Awards Winners of the Year ceremony in London on 5 October 2011.

Women from All Over Leave Their Food Footprint

Footprints Women’s Centre hosted seven community Food Initiatives from across Ireland on 21st September 2011.  The networking event was organised to enable groups to share good practice and explore the long term sustainability of the projects.  The event took place as part of the Demonstration programme of Community Food Initiatives, a three year programme funded by Safefood for All.

Footprints celebrate 20 years of providing valuable services to the community

Twenty years ago Footprints Women’s Centre held its first AGM. When the AGM commenced, every seat was taken and there was standing room only in the small packed bungalow that buzzed with excitement and anticipation of women ‘doing it for themselves’. Each year since, the AGM has maintained its energy and enthusiasm and continues to be a main focal point, offering an opportunity not only to celebrate achievements but also to account to members for the work being carried out in their name.

Eaga Boost for Transition Footprints

Energy efficiency company Eaga has given a timely boost to the Transition Footprints initiative.  £3000 has been granted by the company, through a fund administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, to Footprints Women’s Centre to help fund two new composting areas in the grounds of the Centre.

This will enhance the production of the kitchen garden’s fresh fruit and vegetables supply used in the Centre’s catering services. Workshops will also take place to build skills and knowledge among local women and children in the management of the composting areas.

Social Entrepreneurship

Footprints Trading Ltd was shortlisted for the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards under the category for Social Entrepreneurship. Gillian Gibson, Centre Director and Elizabeth Livingstone, Finance & Business Manager ,attended the presentation lunch at the Merchant Hotel on Thursday 27th January 2011.

Whilst we were not outright winners, it is a testament to our achievement in the business arena  that we were included in the top 3 businesses in the category.

Reducing our Carbon Footprint

Footprints Women’s Centre were delighted to receive funding from the Big Lottery’s ‘Energy Efficient Venues’ Programme to carry out an energy audit at the Centre. In addition to identifying measures the Centre can take to improve energy efficiency, the audit will also consider the benefits of installing a renewable technology at Footprints. The funding will also enable us to obtain the statutory approval for any renewable technology installation. Another step towards ‘Reducing our Carbon Footprint’