Larne event marks end of Scout Week celebrations
Published: Tue, 1 Jul 2014
Scouts in Larne are hoping to foster better community relations after holding a Housing Executive funded beach themed barbeque during Scout Community Week.
The 7th Larne Scout group has secured funding of over £500 from our Cohesion programme to stage the event to mark the end of week-long celebrations. The Scouts have worked with Larne Adult Centre to help improve their main entrance by giving it a general tidy up, painting railings and planting new bedding plants. Local garden centre, Inver Garden provided the plants and the Scouts presented the centre with a hanging basket.
As part of the new term programme, the local scouts can look forward to first aid and self-defence classes. Larne Adult Centre will also be presenting 7th Larne with a community trophy to encourage the young people to become more involved with community work.
Last Friday’s inter-community event seen a number of groups coming together including the Larne Adult Centre, who were presented with planters and a hanging basket.
Little Angels, a volunteer run inter-community parent and child group, and Larne Adult Centre were represented at the event. The scouts are attending camp this weekend in Crawfordsburn and they will be working along with Catholic Guides Association of Ireland.
An invitation had been extended to 1st Linn Scout Group and their families but unfortunately they were already attending another function. However, they will be attending a quiz night in East Antrim Boat Club in Larne on Friday, July 4th where they will continue bringing all sections of the community together.
The community PSNI and the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service also attended in their work vehicles to support the event.
The 7th Larne Scouts comprises of over 90 boys and girls, aged 4-18 years old, who are drawn from all sections of the local community. They meet on a weekly basis with many young people travelling in from rural communities, such as Cairncastle and Magheramourne.
Chris Davies, the Housing Executive’s Good Relations Officer, said: “We were delighted to have funded the project which I hope will foster better community relations in Larne and build on the good work of the 7th Larne Scouts group.”
Amanda O Mahony, Chairperson and Scout Leader of the 7th Larne Scouts Group, said: “Young people and their family members were invited to the barbecue at the scout hall as a reward for their commitment throughout the year, bringing all sections of the community, including their wider families, together.
“The focus has been very much on the young people and the work they do in the community as well as raising the profile of scouting in the Larne area.
“It really couldn’t have come at a better time rewarding for the kids and the community. We are absolutely delighted and everything has worked out perfectly. The event has helped to create a positive opportunity to bring together the local community,” she added.