Ardoyne Alliance ‘Meet the Neighbours’ Day
Published: Fri, 29 Aug 2014
After last year’s successful event to bring together local residents, communities from the Ardoyne area recently came together for a ‘Meet the Neighbours’ event in the Everton Complex.
The event was organised as part of our Shared Communities Programme and involved the Grace Women’s Development, North Belfast Women’s Initiative and Support Project (NBWISP) and The Wishing Well Groups. A selection of treatments and therapies was provided for all who attended, such as general health checks, massage, reflexology, nail painting and eyebrow wax, as well as haircut and blow dry services.
Among the many services were also information points, with stands from the Housing Executive’s North Belfast Office, Belfast City Council’s Good Relations Partnership, the Health and Social Care Board , the Policing & Community Safety Partnership and ‘Bring Down the Walls’ from the North Belfast Interface Network.
For the younger members of the community there was an art corner. Outside there was a bouncy castle, bungee run and a gladiator and slide, and although some showers prevented their use, it didn’t dampen the children’s enjoyment.
Refreshments were also available, and gave everyone a chance to get together with neighbours that they may not normally have the opportunity to speak with. This is the second year this event has been organised, and despite the damp weather was a resounding success.
Our Community Cohesion Unit was one of the main organisers of the event. The aim of the Housing Executive’s Shared Community Programme is to develop shared communities where people choose to live with others regardless of religion, race or nationality in a neighbourhood that is safe and welcoming to all, and threatening to no-one.
One of the local workers of the Community Cohesion Unit, Laureen McFaul, said:
“This was a great opportunity for local communities to mingle and get acquainted, as well as building friendships across all age groups. Many people turned up to the event, and the information stands had lots of enquiries. The help of the local community groups made the day a great success.”