People, communities and neighbourhoods
We are investing £29 million in our neighbourhoods as part of our Investment Programme to ensure a good quality of life and build strong communities.
This money will reduce segregation, fight poverty, provide good leisure and cultural opportunities, help people feel safe and promote the inclusion and integration of different communities.
Here are some of the ways we are doing this:
- supporting 62 community regeneration projects as part of our £5 million Local Investment Fund and working to progress another five schemes across Belfast
- investing in more activities and programmes to help people get active in our parks and leisure centres
- provided funding of £430,000 towards a Belfast Citywide Tribunal Service to help residents appeal Social Security Agency decisions
- engaging nearly 30,000 people in projects to build a peaceful and inclusive city, as our PEACE III Programme drew to a close, with more than £10 million invested in over 100 projects between 2009 and 2014
- taking action on derelict and dilapidated buildings to reduce neighbourhood eyesores, with more improvements planned throughout the city
- carrying out targeted intervention work across the city, including inter-agency pilots in Lower Falls-Divis community and Templemore-Lord Street areas, support for retailers in south Belfast, extra community safety measures in north Belfast and community events and activities in Shankill
- returning over £100,000 to consumers' pockets with help from our and other advice services that we support
- invested £6.6 million into environmental and cosmetic improvements on main routes into Belfast through ourRenewing the Routes programme
- installing more alleygates to help residents feel safer and working with communities to identify where else these may be needed
- providing nearly £3 million in grants to community and voluntary organisations which support community development, physical activity, good relations and community safety.