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Community Planning: Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sectors

Belfast has a vibrant and active voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, playing a valuable role in the social, economic and environmental fabric of city life. 

Following extensive engagement with these sectors, the Community Planning Partnership (CPP) is implementing arrangements to strengthen participation and representation of Belfast’s third sector in community planning. 

VCSE Sectoral Advisory Panel

A new sectoral advisory panel has been established. 

The panel’s aims are:

  • to ensure that the sector’s voices are represented as part of the community planning process
  • to develop and improve cross sectoral relationships and partnerships
  • to promote effective community engagement

Panel members

The panel members are listed below. Its chairperson is Irene Sherry from Ashton Trust and it’s vice chair is Jim Girvan from Upper Andersonstown Community Forum. Members were selected following an open call for nominations managed by NICVA.

Name Organisation
Irene Sherry (chair) Ashton Trust
Jim Girvan (vice chair) Upper Andersonstown Community Forum
Laura Feeney Save the Children
Joe O’Donnell Belfast Interface Project
Michael Briggs East Belfast Community Development Agency
Paula Powell British Red Cross
Susan Russam GEMS NI
Jim Bradley Belfast Hills Partnership
Craig McGuicken NI Environment Link
Natasha Brennan Lower Ormeau Residents Action Group
Joan Devlin Belfast Healthy Cities
David Babington Action Mental Health
Dearbhla Holohan Include Youth
Kendall Bousquet Migrant Centre NI
Christopher Eisenstadt Parenting NI

Join the Belfast VCSE citywide network

The VCSE citywide network has been established to to help anyone with roles in Belfast’s third sector get involved in community planning, and to stay updated through regular online engagement and a programme of events.

If you work in, or are involved with, the voluntary, community, and social enterprise sector, sign up to join the network to receive regular email updates. 


Contact us
Policy and Planning Team
028 9027 0234
Belfast City Hall
Belfast
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