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Women in the Home

This feature is part of the ‘Women’s Lives, Women’s Voices’ series. A reflective and powerful poem by Lorraine Doherty a former 2022 WITH (Women in the Home, New Beginnings) course participant.


Women in the home

No time for your phone.

So much to do,

No peace to go to the loo.

Nursing, chauffeuring, cooking, cleaning

Trying to stop the kids kicking and screaming.

Always in demand

Could do with an extra hand.

When you feel like you are going to

Blow your top

Remember to breathe, and then

You will stop.

Life can be tough

But it’s okay to say no

When You’ve had enough.

It’s important to enjoy

Having the craic

And remember your friends

Will always have your back.

By Lorraine Doherty


Women’s Collective Ireland-Donegal ( formally NCCWN Donegal Women’s Network) have been offering the WITH course to women in Donegal for over 4 years through the funding support of DLDC under the SICAP programme. The aim of this 8 week course is to support women in life-long learning opportunities. Promoting personal development, well-being and positive mental health.

The course is facilitated by Personal Development Coach & Speaker Emily Whelan. The course is designed with the view “It is important for women to feel valued, to recognise the transferable skills they already possess, and to realise their potential. When we believe in ourselves anything is possible.”

This course will be running again in September in Pettigo, starting Tuesday 19th September, 10am-1pm in the Termon Complex. If you are interested in participating in this programme please fill in our form here and we will get in contact with you.


Women’s Collective Ireland- Donegal are always looking for women to share their stories and looking for women to write features on topics of their choice which we will profile as part of our Women’s Lives, Women’s Voices’ series.

Art of Wellness Programme for Women

NCCWN Donegal is pleased to announce the launch of our ‘Art of Wellness Programme for Women’, which is being supported through the Healthy Ireland Community Mental Health Small Grant Scheme.

As part of the programme we will be offering a number of courses, workshops and activities which support, promote and provide knowledge and skills to support women’s mental health and wellbeing.

We are delighted to start the programme by offering the ‘Wellbeing for Women with Nature in Mind’ course by Michaela Mc Daid Ecotherapy. This unique 4-week course will introduce you to Ecotherapy and the importance of connecting with nature for better mental health. 

Over the four sessions, using the four seasons as a framework you will be guided on how you can use personal reflection to create space to reconnect with ourselves, journaling as a means of letting go, how to nurture gratitude and hope within our lives, engage in small group discussions and of course, have a laugh along the way!

The course will start on Saturday 27th February 10.30am-12pm, via Zoom for 4-weeks and we do require that participants can commit to all four sessions.

If you would like to sign up for this FREE course please fill in the online form here and Donegal women’s network will be in contact with you to confirm your place.

Booking is essential, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


This programme is funded through Healthy Ireland Community Mental Health Small Grant Scheme

Discover and Truly Wear You

NCCWN Donegal Women’s Network is pleased to be offering the “Do You Wear You” programme for women by Health Care Professional Helen O’Driscoll. This 4 week online programmme starts on Friday 19th 10.30am to 11.30am via zoom.

This FREE course will support you to discover and truly wear you. Over the workshops, you will learn how to feel confident, more joyful, empowered and recognise your own signature style.

“Through learning to dress ourselves in our own distinctive, meaningful and personal signature style means we become free from fashion trends and fads and move more towards a truer mirror of our inner selves. This inner outer alignment offers another important foundation to our sense of health and well-being, creating harmony.”

Helen O’Driscoll

If you would like to sign up for the ‘Do you wear you” programme please fill in the online form here and Donegal Women’s Network will be in contact with you to confirm your place. Booking is essential, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


This course is part-funded by Donegal ETB’s Community Education Support Programme

This entry was posted on January 26, 2021, in 2021, Course.

Learn how to feel good about yourself

Since the global outbreak of the Covid-19 the United Nations have identified women as being one of the most vulnerable groups that are being hit hardest by the pandemic. This is also evident locally too.

The results of the NCCWN Donegal Women’s Network, Covid-19 impact survey reveal that 61.1% of women in Donegal feel their mental health had been impacted by Covid-19, with 36.7% of women stating that they have had less time to look after their mental health and wellbeing since March.

The survey further identified lone parents, single women and women living alone were particularly experiencing higher levels of mental health impacts with increased feelings of isolation and loneliness.

As a grassroots women’s organisation NCCWN Donegal seek to response to identified needs where we can.  We are therefore pleased to be taking bookings for the Covid to Calm course for women starting in November.  

This is a FREE 4-week online group course, being offered to young single women (26-40yrs) in an evening session starting on Wednesday 4th November, 7.30-9.00pm, and lone parent mothers (26-40yrs) in a morning session starting on Thursday 5th November, 10.30am-12pm.

The aim of this course is to support women in their health and wellness, promoting personal development, well-being and positive mental health. This course will be interactive, with talks, presentations, videos, groups discussion and many other activities.

If you would like to sign up for this course please fill our online form here https://forms.gle/kyWSDCCTLaVRki8g9

For further information please contact NCCWN Donegal Women’s Network by email on donegalwomensnetwork@gmail.com. Booking is essential, book early to avoid disappointment.

This course is funded by Donegal ETB Community Education Support Programme.

We hope to offer further courses like this in 2021 to support more women in Donegal. If you don’t fit into the November course criteria please drop us an email if you would be interested in any future courses.