The group intend to use their Space & Place grant to allow them to develop internal and external space to enhance their service provision for centre users
Atlas Women’s Centre based in Lisburn has been operating since 1994. They provide educational, health, leisure, workshops and courses, as well as volunteering opportunities that build self-confidence and self-esteem. They develop skills as well as promoting good physical and mental health and well-being. Activities and courses are offered to women, men, young people and children in the relaxed, friendly, integrated Atlas Centre or by outreach in community venues.
Atlas is managed by a Centre Manager. The Board consists of 8 women, all of whom are previous or current centre users.
The group intend to use their Space & Place grant to allow them to develop internal and external space to enhance their service provision for centre users. The work will include an extension to the upper floor and internal alterations to provide a crèche with outdoor play area and sensory garden space. The centre will install a lift to improve access, strengthen the roof of the building to allow the creation of an outdoor play area and sensory garden, and make the space safe for use by Atlas’s users and the wider community.
The group believes its project offers great potential for meeting current needs as well as an opportunity to create a new safe, inclusive, caring and accessible space for all sections of the community that will reach out to those currently in need, as well as those left behind or forgotten.