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Active Communities Network added to Lord Mayor's chosen charities

Date: 10 Jan 2023


Belfast Lord Mayor Cllr Christina Black stands in corridor at City Hall with representatives from Active Communities Network, a charity organisation.

A charity which uses sport as a pathway to education, training and employment, has been chosen as one of Belfast Lord Mayor’s official charities.

A charity which uses sport as a pathway to education, training and employment, has been chosen as one of Belfast Lord Mayor’s official charities.

Active Communities Network’s Belfast programme was established in 2009 as part of a pilot to develop new ways of working to improve outcomes for young people and communities, working with young people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Lord Mayor Councillor Tina Black said she was proud to be supporting the charity during her time in office.

“This charity is doing fantastic work with young people through sport, culture and education initiatives, and it’s my hope that I can help to shine a spotlight on the very positive work that they do to support young people here in Belfast,” said Councillor Black.

“Getting young people active and supporting them in making positive life choices early on has a huge impact when it comes to improving outcomes around mental health and well-being; and it gives them the opportunity to reach their full potential and achieve their goals, as well as developing resilience and skills which will set them on a positive career path.

“The charity is also to be applauded for its work with young women to provide training and support to give them the confidence and skills they need to become involved in transformational community development. The EmpowerHER project has been a huge success and is helping to increase the number of women involved in leadership and decision-making roles in local communities.”

Rachelle McCurry, director of programmes with the charity, said: “We’re delighted that the Lord Mayor has chosen us as one of her charities this year, and it gives us a fantastic platform and opportunity to raise awareness about the work we’re doing here in Belfast. 

“We’re so proud of everything we have achieved over the last eight years; we have significantly grown our presence across the city, helping high-risk young people and focusing our attention on areas of high tension and depravation with a lack of sports provision for young people.”

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