Community grant for East Belfast
Published: Thur, 17 Apr 2014
Inter-generational relations in the Belmont, Edenvale and Wandsworth areas of East Belfast are being improved with the help of a community grant from the Housing Executive.
We offer financial assistance in the form of community grants to help resident and community groups carry out projects that will encourage volunteering, social enterprise or working with us and other statutory agencies.
The community grant, which has been awarded to the Wandsworth Community Association, has helped set up a Youth Independent Advisory Group. The Group will work closely with the PSNI and undertake team building projects as well as sports activities. Events that bring together young people and the elderly, particularly those who have been victims of crime, from the Belmont, Edenvale and Wandsworth areas will also be organised.
Community Development Worker, Alison Smith applied for the grant and she tells us a little bit about how the money will be spent: “To be honest the grant from the Housing Executive was a real bonus for us because like many other groups funding or the lack of it can be a real issue.
However, with this additional funding we are now able to organise events like the community ‘clean up’ and trip to Crumlin Road Gaol that would otherwise not have been possible. And, through events like the recenti Titanic boat tour and breakfast, young and old from the area have also been able to come together in a safe, welcoming and fun way.
"But the serious side of events like this should also to be recognised; not only do they help improve inter-generational relationships but they go a long way in dispelling certain ‘myths’ and that has to be a good thing for everyone.”
Our South and East Belfast Area Manager, Carole Johnston, added: “Community grants are there to help resident and comm
unity groups promote new initiatives that enhance the welfare of tenants and residents living within Housing Executive estates and this project certainly seems to tick all the boxes.
“We were delighted to be able to assist the group and I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage other groups operating within South and East Belfast to contact us to see if they meet the criteria for a community grant – the benefits of which are evident.”