Getting involved with your communityDo you want to play a bigger role in your local community? Maybe you want to improve your area, make a positive impact on the lives of those around you or help to foster a greater sense of neighbourhood.
There are a number of ways that you can get more involved in your local community, whether you're interested in organising a street party, becoming a councillor or joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Use the links below to find out more:
Become an active citizen
Many Belfast residents contribute by becoming councillors, school governors or attending local District Policing Partnership meetings.
How to become a councillor
Contact your councillor
District Policing Partnership meetings Public consultations
Appointments to public bodies (NI Direct website) Becoming a school governor (NI Direct website)
Registering to vote (NI Direct website)
Do you have time to spare? Volunteering is a rewarding way to spend your free time and help others. We run lots of projects which you can get involved in as a volunteer:
Parks friends' groups
Friends of the Zoo Community centres
Recording plants and wildlife
Youth Forum Volunteer at Belfast City Marathon
Help finding other volunteering opportunities (NI Direct website)
Benefits for your community
We've teamed up with Land and Property Services to deliver free Making a difference information sessions for anyone who wants to help those in need. You can find out about access to benefits, Rates relief, the Warm Homes scheme and help for those in fuel poverty.
The Community NI website provides details of community groups operating across Northern Ireland.
Use the links below to find out more about holding an event in your neighbourhood:
Holding an event in your local park
Current funding opportunities for community groups Managing litter and waste at events
Organising a street party
Community venues and facilities
We offer a range of facilities suitable for community groups and events. Many are available to hire, for a fee.
Parks St George's Market
Belfast City Hall
Leisure centres Belfast Castle
Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall
Report problems in your street or get together with your neighbours to help clean up your area.
Litter Heroes Report graffiti
Report dumped waste
Report flyposting Report abandoned vehicles
Report a problem with your road or street (NI Direct website - includes potholes, spillages, street lights and broken pavements)
Tips and advice for keeping safe and protecting your neighbourhood from crime:
Setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
Reporting hate crime (PSNI website) Dealing with bogus callers
Tacking antisocial behaviour in your area (NI Direct) Tips for keeping safe and reducing crime in your area (NI Direct)
Email alerts and RSS feeds
Keep up to date with all the latest news from the council, straight to your inbox.
Events mailing list
Titanic Community News mailing list
Belfast Zoo mailing list
Competitive City (business) mailing list
Events - RSS feed
News releases - RSS feed
Jobs - RSS feed
Tenders - RSS feed
Belfast Waterfront & Ulster Hall - RSS feed
Social media and new technologies
Follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or view our latest videos and photos on YouTube and Flickr.
Belfast City Council Facebook page
Belfast City Council Twitter page
Belfast City Council YouTube channel Belfast City Council Flickr account
Belfast Zoo Facebook page
Belfast Zoo Twitter page Belfast Waterfront Facebook page
Bridges Urban Sports Park Facebook page
Belfast Enterpreneurs' Network (BEN) Facebook page