13 Aug 2022

Graduation Ceremony at Longford Women's Link

Longford Women's Link (LWL) held their graduation ceremony on International Women’s Day (Wednesday, March 8) to celebrate the achievements of 25 learners who graduated with a QQI Level 5 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education and 11 who graduated with a QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education.

It was also National Adult Learning Week and IWD was an ideal day to mark the excellent outcomes that our learners have achieved, all of whom are women.

LWL graduates are participants on the DSP-supported Childcare Community Employment Scheme which provides accredited education (QQI Level 5 and 6) and on-the-job training for those who wish to pursue a career in Early Years Education.

LWL is the lead sponsor for this scheme in County Longford and has consistently achieved excellent progression rates in employment and further education, highlighting the importance of the CE Programme in supporting individuals into real and meaningful careers. This is especially critical for women who have traditionally had to bear the majority of caring responsibilities and have not been able to access opportunities to support their economic independence.

At the ceremony on March 8, graduates and their families were welcomed by Tara Farrell, Deputy CEO of LWL who thanked the DSP for their support to date. Guest speaker Liz Waters (Director of An Cosán VCC and President of AONTAS, the National Adult Learner Organisation) highlighted the valuable and essential role of Early Years Educators and their critical contribution in shaping the lives of children.

Liz outlined the challenges facing the Early Years Sector not least of which is the fact that it is low-paid but she encouraged graduates to continue on their education journey, particularly as LWL are delivering the Level 8 Honours Degree in Childcare in partnership with IT Carlow.

Eamonn Guilfoyle (Assistant Principal Midlands North, DSP) then presented the learners with their certificates and congratulated them on their achievements. LWL CEO Louise Lovett closed the ceremony by wishing the graduates well in their future careers and thanked everyone for their participation in the ceremony.

Longford Women's Manifesto Group
Longford Women’s Manifesto Group will hold their second meeting of 2017 in April. If you have an interest in how decisions are made in your local community and would like to be involved in this dynamic group please for more details. All meeting dates are on our Facebook page - WomensManifesto/ so just like to stay updated.


LWL Willow Traders – NewToYou

Longford Women’s Link new furniture and clothing social enterprise is open from Monday-Saturday 10am-5.30pm. They are looking for volunteers at our furniture and clothing enterprise! There are a variety of volunteer roles - sales, sorting through clothing donations, furniture removals etc. Training will be provided and regular volunteer hours are available.

If you're interested please email or phone Dee on 085 252 1701 for an application form. Garda Vetting will be required for all volunteers. See our Facebook page for regular updates (LWLWillow Traders – NewToYou)


Training at LWL

Occupational First Aid

Occupational First Aid -QQI - Level 5 - 5N1207
Thursday: 27 April, 4 & 11 May 2017, 9am – 5pm
Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Venue: Longford Women’s Link
It is essential to attend all 3 dates.

Occupational First Aid – Refresher:
Now taking bookings for May refresher class. 

Special Needs Assisting - 6N1957 - QQI - Level 6:
Requirements:  Students should have completed a FETAC/QQI Level 5 SNA programme module or equivalent.   
Saturday:  22 April 2017, 6 & 20 May 2017, 3 & 17 June

Please contact LWL for further information at 043 33 41511


Would you like a career in Childcare?

LWL is the lead sponsor of the DSP Community Employment Childcare Scheme in County Longford. If you think you might be eligible then please give Kathleen, Siobhan or Kerrie a call on 043 3341511.

Participation is free and you will achieve a QQI Level 5 Child­care qualification which will enable you to obtain employment in a childcare facility or progress into further education in related areas.

Participation time on the programme is 19.5 hours per week and persons are eligible to remain on this programme for a period of 3 years.

Eligibility criteria:

·        21 years of age or over and are in receipt of a social welfare/ DSP payments for 1 year or more.


·        18 years or over in receipt of disability-related payments

If you have Refugee Status or are a member of the Traveller Community and are aged 18 or over you may also be eligible.

If you qualify under the criteria but do not wish to take up the option yourself, there are certain conditions under which you can do a spousal swap.


Longford Women's Link Counselling Service

For the last 16 years Longford Women's Link has been providing a professional counselling service for clients from Longford and the surrounding counties. In 2011 we opened our dedicated counselling rooms which were designed to provide a welcoming, safe space to our clients. All Clients can come to our centre without anyone knowing why they are here as we have so many different services with up to 50 clients a day coming through our doors for services such as Childcare and Training & Education. The counselling suite is warm and comfortable, located in a private section of the main building with its own dedicated waiting area.

We offer counselling for whatever issue or problem a client may have. Our counsellors are professionally qualified and accredited and skilled in the areas where clients today most need support. They will explore all issues and help clients find a way through any difficulties they may be experiencing. We are here to help all clients from the age of 18 onwards. Some clients come for a short time and some come for many years. It is up to the clients when they are ready to finish counselling. If childcare is an issue, we have added supports in our services where a place can be booked in our child care service, Catkins Nursery.  Our staff are very helpful and will look for appointments that suit your schedule, including evenings if required.  Longford Women’s Link offers counselling and therapy on a pay what you can afford basis. Fees are on a sliding scale and negotiable based on ability to pay which can be discussed with your counsellor during the initial consultation.

Rape Crisis is an additional service accessible in our centre, and is available two day a week as an outreach service from Athlone Midland Rape Crisis Centre.

We are here to help and support.  Please FREEPHONE 1800 306 600 for Rape Crisis or ring Longford Women’s Link’s main office on 043 3341511 for general counselling information or to make an appointment.

Longford Women's Link Domestic Violence Service

Longford Women's Link Domestic Violence Service is a free and confidential service that supports women who have or are currently experiencing Domestic Violence or Abuse. We are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. If you need help or advice for yourself or someone you know please telephone 043 3341511 and one of our Domestic Violence Specialists will return your call at a time that is safe for you.
LWLDVS does not operate a refuge but our professional specialists provide practical support such as Court Accompaniment or help with Social Welfare claims and entitlements plus emotional support and helping women plan ways to keep safe.

We support women whether they choose to leave or stay in abusive relationships.


Please phone 043 33 41 511 for an appointment or to speak to someone in confidence.

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