Community Safety funding creates a positive impact in Ballymacash

A youth prepares to play pool, watched by a small group of adults.
Ballymacash youngsters Maddison and Tony, pictured with PSNI Constables, with Jackie O’Kane and Steven Sibbald from the Housing Executive, who have provided Community Safety funding to support positive activities in the area.

Our funding is helping to reduce anti-social activity in the Ballymacash area of Lisburn.

£1,600 was allocated to help the Ballymacash Regeneration Network to reach out to local young people at risk of becoming involved in negative behaviour.

Community Development Worker Valerie Douglas explained: “We’ve had issues with young people congregating in certain places, which has meant other residents have felt isolated or intimidated.

“We wanted to engage local young people to tackle anti-social behaviour and fear of crime and build community confidence to ensure local solutions to help us all work better together.

“Our centre now has equipment such as a pool table, a games table, bean bags and board games so we can attract young people inside and away from the streets.

Jackie O Kane, our Community Safety officer, said: “We always look to support projects which foster vibrant communities. We hope everyone feels safer as a result of our investment.”

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