Who we are
WHAT WE DO
The Objectives of The Company may be summarised as “the promotion and advancement of community development, the promotion of urban regeneration, the promotion of the Christian faith, the relief of poverty, sickness and the aged and the promotion of the benefit of the inhabitants of the Glencairn area and its environs of the Greater Shankill area of Belfast” (Company’s Articles of Association, 2013)
We seek to achieve these by raising funds to provide the following beneficial services and amenities to the public.
Community Centre (Amenity Project)
Parent and Toddler Groups
Parent and Toddler groups are held twice weekly in St Andrew’s Church Hall and in Harmony School. These are pre-school groups which aim to encourage mothers, fathers or other guardians to come along and take part in a variety of activities, which will benefit children in their development and provide social interaction and confidence building for the adults. These activities include: crafts, music, play and story time. They provide opportunities for volunteer to develop leadership skills in play group management A small donation is requested to provide a healthy snack and defray resource costs
The School also provides funding to hire “Jo Jingles” an organisation whose aims are to encourage the children’s development through active music.
Lighthouse Drop in Cafe
The Lighthouse Drop-in Cafe meets in St Andrews Church Hall and provides a meeting place for people in the local community to come together. Presently a group of senior citizens from the Glencairn Day Centre attend regularly; here they get the opportunity to participate and enjoy music, quizzes and refreshments. This is supported by trained volunteers
Children’s after School Club and Weekend Club
One group meets during Sunday service at St Andrew’s Church and is directed at children and young people between the ages of 3-12.. Here we encourage young people as they explore and learn and grow in their knowledge of the Christian faith. This is achieved by a combination of worship, interactive Bible teaching and activities, visually presenting the message of the Christian faith via multi-media system. There are volunteer helpers
An after school kids club is aimed at primary aged children and their families. Here they can interact with other children through action songs, listening to Bible stories, arts and crafts and generally having fun
Statistics inform us that there is a need for youth recreation in the local area and the Creative Arts Project in partnership with Youth Initiatives would allow young people in the community to participate in an arts programme e.g. mural painting.
We would endeavour to build on our existing links with Glencairn Day Centre and develop further the operation of the Lighthouse Drop in Café, to include activities such as Arts, Crafts and Music
The further development of the Lighthouse Cafe Drop-in and building further our partnership with the Glencairn Day Centre, through visitation, running weekly events (St Andrew’s or Day centre) therefore encouraging activities such as arts and crafts, music, etc.
In partnership with the Care for the Family organisation, this course involves six two hour sessions once a week, and is geared for parents with young children. It would seek to address any practical concerns and issues and give the support parents may require when bringing up a young family.