Over a hundred local women get together for networking event

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Over a hundred Londonderry women gathered in the city centre to network and exchange ideas and information about services aimed at them in the local area.

The Foyle Women’s Information Network (FWIN) annual Networking Event took place in the Holywell Trust building on Bishop Street.

Coordinator of FWIN, Catherine Cooke, said: “Yet again our annual Networking Event was a great success and the turn out was fantastic.

“This event provides women with an opportunity to network and to get advice and information on everything from breast cancer screening to accessing IT training and everything in between.

“This annual event is always extremely popular and I’m delighted to say that this year was no exception.”

A host of various organisations were represented on the day including women’s groups, Nexus, the Women’s Regional Consortium, Community Safety Wardens and the Prince’s Trust to name but a few.

For further information on FWIN email info@fwin.org.uk or call 028 7126 6291.

Meanwhile, in separate news one of those organisations, participating, Nexus NI, has launched the UK’s first accredited training course for counselling victims of childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence.

A UK first, the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) accredited Level 5 Diploma-Counselling Victims and Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence is aimed at professional counsellors qualified to CPCAB Level 4 or above with a minimum of 150 hours of supervised practice. Level 6 is the highest level qualification validated by the CPCAB.

The course will enhance understanding and skills of counsellors working with survivors of CSA and sexual violence. Participants will be introduced to a range of models, tools and techniques that will assist them to support clients suffering from a wide range of issues arising from this type of trauma.

Pam Hunter, Chief Executive of the Nexus organisation said: “Nexus has been working across Northern Ireland for over 30 years and helped over 15, 000 sexual abuse victims over the last 6 years, so we have drawn on our extensive first-hand experience in supporting victims to design these courses.

She added: “This is a positive step towards dealing with the significant problem we have in Northern Ireland surrounding sexual violence.”