Building Futures



Building Futures is a programme developed for women who are looking at a fresh start – maybe you’ve been busy raising a family or had caring duties, and now finally have a little time to do something for you. Think of it as your starting point to getting your mojo back and putting yourself first – best of all, you don’t have to figure out ‘what next’ on your own, we’re here to help.

Along with our partners Women’sTec and Women In Business, we have a range of courses to share with you, from ‘self-development’ and ‘basic DIY’, to ‘managing finances’ and the ‘fundamentals of IT’. You might want to explore making an income from a hobby or use our available bursaries to take up further training in another area that appeals to you – all this, plus mentoring and more.

*Please see our eligibility criteria at the bottom of the page.


Discovering Potential is a 6-week self-development programme which will guide you on a journey of self-discovery – and the perfect place to start if you are feeling a little unsure of what you could/should do. The programme is designed to help women explore their full potential by:

  • Fostering resilience
  • Cultivating Well-being
  • Embracing mindfulness  
  • Learning how to resource ourselves
  • Setting and achieving personal goals

You’ll meet each week over the course of 6 weeks with a group of other like-minded women and facilitated by our wonderful team – and we guarantee you’ll come away with new tips and takeaways that you can start putting into practice straight away.  Make it your first step in doing something for yourself!

Our next Developing Potential Course: is running in Carcullion House Hilltown, Monday 22nd Jan x 6 weeks, 7-9pm. Register your interest below and we’ll be in touch.


You might not have had a chance to complete some outstanding qualifications that might be holding you back – not to worry – we can offer you OCN qualifications in a range of subjects.

Managing personal finances level 2 award (OCN qualification)

  1. Understand basic household budgeting, income/expenditure awareness.
  2. How to manage on a limited budget / money saving tips.
  3. Understanding financial transactions and key information of everyday documents.
  4. Understanding savings.

Our next Personal Finances (Level 2 OCN Award), starts: Tuesday 16th Jan for 10 weeks in Bolster Community, Marcus St Newry – from 10am to 1pm. Register your interest below and we’ll be in touch.

Fundamentals of IT (Level 1 award & Level 2 award)

  1. Communication fundamentals / IT user fundamentals (be able to use IT to communicate and exchange information)
  2. Be able to access, navigate and search for internet-based information
  3. Uses of IT sources and information.
  4. Being safe and responsible online
  5. Personal info management software.

Our next Fundamentals of IT (Level 1/2 OCN Award), starts Wed. 17th Jan for 10 weeks in Bolster Community, Marcus St Newry – from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Register your interest below and we’ll be in touch.


Maybe you’d like to have a go or improve on some existing DIY skills or try and develop a hobby into a business? We’ve got you covered there too with both Basic DIY and Vocational Level DIY being offered by our partners Women’sTec – plus ‘Earning Money for Yourself’ with Women In Business.

And if after completing the relevant courses outlined above, you want to do further training in something we aren’t offering, training bursaries will also be available for participants.


  1. Weekly sessions in your local area – please enquire with us!
  2. No cost to you​.
  3. Explore your potential with our amazing facilitators.
  4. Come away with newfound confidence and a plan for the future. ​


  • To be eligible you must be 18yrs old or older.
  • Currently unemployed (i.e. have not worked in the last 4 weeks and not available to work in the next two weeks); and are not on benefits with a Work Search element.
  • Reside in Newry, Mourne & Down.  

We also welcome applicants (who meet the above criteria) from priority groups such as the over 50s, those with a long-term disability or those living in remote, rural communities.