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Colin News



The Newsletter of the Colin Neighbourhood Partnership

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Colin Summer Festival programme

Summer Schemes

Volunteers Celebrated

Colin Summer Festival: Tuesday 2nd August Saturday 13th August Hello, I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. From the blooms at the Colin Allotments to the blue skies over the Belfast hills, the Colin area looks beautiful during these summer months. There is also plenty happening in the local community to keep you busy over the summer. The Colin Summer Festival at the start of August will feature lots of activities to keep the family entertained including a pop up market, family fun days, treasure hunts and much more. In this issue we also have details on local Summer Schemes and other activities to make sure this is the best Colin summer yet. Don’t forget to tag us on social media in any activities you take part in, we love seeing the community enjoying all the best the Colin area has to offer. Details of our social media accounts are below. Bernard Moane Chairperson, Colin Neighbourhood Partnership Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, Cloona House, 31 Colin Road, Belfast BT17 OLG. Tel: 028 9062 3813. Email: [email protected]

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Colin Neighbourhood Partnership’s annual community festival is back again this summer with a bumper programme of events for children, young people, families and seniors. Additional events have been added including a pop up market and a family camping and stargazing night. As always, there are lots of other fun events taking place in various venues throughout the Colin area. So round up the family for some summer fun! All events are free, but booking may be required for some events due to limited places. For more information on any event contact CNP on 028 9062 3813 or visit Also follow us on facebook / colinneighbourhoodpartnership and twitter @CNPartnership for the latest event updates. The Colin Summer Festival is funded by Belfast City Council’s Community Festival Fund, Department for Communities and the Urban Village Initiative.

Tuesday 2nd August Pop-Up Food & Craft Market, Colin Allotments, 30 Colin Glen Road, Belfast, 11.00am 4.00pm. Bring the family along to CNP’s 1st pop up market in the beautiful surroundings of the Colin Allotments. Visit the stalls, enjoy tasty artisan food and local produce, and pick up some unique crafts from a wide variety of vendors. Shuttle bus operates from Colin Community Hub, Laurel Glen Shops, every 30mins from 10.30am. If you are interested in taking a stall contact Matthew at CNP on 90612317 / [email protected] com. Friday 5th August Intergenerational Historical Trip. A unique opportunity for older and younger residents to take a trip through Belfast and learn about the 1916 Easter Rising’s impact on the city. Bus departs Cloona House, 31 Colin Road, 10.00am. To book contact Isabel on 028 9062 3813 or [email protected] Tweet @CNPartnership NI Charity No. NIC100092

Company No. NI047757

Cover photo: Colin Summer Festival 2015

Friday 5th August Family Treasure Hunt, Colin Glen Forest Park, Belfast, 12noon. Find clues and answer questions to get to the next marker, put your wits against others to be crowned champions of the forest! Booking essential, contact Michael at CNP on 028 9062 3813 or email [email protected] com. Monday 8th August All-Ability Day of Sport at Brook Activity Centre, Twinbrook, 11.00am – 4.00pm. All-ability sports event for people aged 7-18. A variety of sporting activities for young people with and without disabilities. Free event, booking required, contact Gerard at CNP on 028 9062 3813. Tuesday 9th August Baking Masterclass, Colin Allotments, 30 Colin Glen Road, Belfast. Learn how to make tasty wheaten bread and scones from a professional chef in our fully fitted kitchen. Suitable for beginners, all ingredients provided. 2 workshops available: 12.00noon–2.00pm and 3.00pm5.00pm. Booking required, call John Paul at CNP on 028 9062 3813 or email [email protected] com.

Tuesday 9th August Woods of the West Family Outing, 11.00am – 5.00pm. Join us in the upper glen of the Colin Glen forest to take part in tree identification walks, fossil hunts in the river, bird spotting. Have lunch by a campfire, roast marshmallows, drink hot chocolate, or simply come along to relax and enjoy the forest. In partnership with Belfast City Council Parks, Féile an Phobail, National Trust, Belfast Hills, & Cairde Loch na Leathghealaí. For more info contact Michael Culbert on [email protected] Meet at Colin Allotments, Colin Glen Road, 11.00am. Please note there is limited parking at Colin allotments. Wednesday 10th August The Gruffalo Trail, Colin Glen Forest Park, 12noon – 1.00pm. Gather the family for a guided tour through the Gruffalo trail. Come and hear the story of the Gruffalo and the mouse through a local storyteller who will bring this enchanting story to life! Booking required, call John Paul at CNP on 028 9062 3813 or email [email protected]

Thursday 11th August Colin Fun Day & Carnival Parade, 12.45pm. Enjoy a great family day out at Colin’s colourful Carnival Parade and Family Fun Day. The Parade will leave St Luke’s Church in Twinbrook at 12.45pm and make its way up the Stewartstown Road to Laurel Glen Shops (beside the Dairy Farm Centre). Here there will be inflatable games, face painting, live music, Colin’s Got Talent Competition, petting farm, carnival games and much more! Friday 12th August Family Camping and Star Gazing Night, 30 Colin Glen Road, Belfast, 7.00pm. Gather the family for storytelling, home-made pizza, a film showing and early morning star gazing. Also enjoy a fun talk by Belfast Hills on local archaeology and gets your hands on some historical artefacts. Please bring your own tent. Limited places, call CNP on 028 9062 3813 to book. Saturday 13th August Go Games Sports Event, Brook Activity Centre, Twinbrook, 10.00am – 2.00pm. Under 10s hurling tournament for boys and girls competing for the Colin Cup and the Colin Shield. Contact Scap at CNP on 028 9062 3813 or email [email protected] for more information. Please note all children must be accompanied by an adult. Photos will be taken at these events. All info correct at time of going to press.

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Exciting New Partnership to Develop Young Local Coaches A new and exciting partnership between Colin Valley FC, St Colm’s High School and The Football Management Company is set to see young players and coaches from the Twinbrook/ Poleglass area benefit. The Football Management Company who run Sports Coaching Diplomas at St Colm’s High School in Twinbrook have agreed to place a number of their young student coaches within Colinvalley FC’s ‘First Kicks’ children’s teams. This will provide the students with an excellent learning environment to put into practice the knowledge gained through their sports coaching diplomas and also help develop the skills of the young players at Colin Valley FC. Colin Valley FC Secretary Paul Kelly said of the news, “We are very pleased to establish a link with the Football Management Company and St. Colms High School on this programme. Our club is always happy to engage

in anything that benefits the community, and we are very keen to help mentor young coaches and give them the experience they require at grassroots level, as they begin their journey into the working environment”. Principal of St Colm’s High School, Cathy McMurray, also said, “St Colm’s partnership with the Football Management Company has provided wonderful career opportunities for our Post 16 students both here and in the USA. The confidence and self-esteem of

our young people is evident in their practical coaching sessions with our partner primary schools and clubs. The programme has been one of the most innovative and highly successful in terms of delivery and student engagement.” For further information on this initiative or if you are 16-18 years old and want to find out more about enrolling on The Football Management Company ‘Coaching Academy’ contact Lee Carroll on 07760917791.

Local schools plant for the future A number of local schools took part in Colin Environment Week which saw pupils from Good Shepherd Primary School, Holy Evangelist Primary School, St Kieran’s Primary School and Oakwood Primary School take part in a series of planting workshops at the Colin Allotments. They learnt how to plant vegetables from seed including lettuces and peas, as well as some ornamental flowers. During the session they also learnt about the life cycle of plants and just how easy it is to grow your own food. During the week there was also a number of community clean ups in the area and a large group of volunteers also took part in a weekend tidy up of the Michael Ferguson roundabout. For info on more initiatives like these contact Michael George at CNP.

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Healthy Eating Turkey Burger Recipe Why not rustle up this deliciously different burger at your family BBQ this summer? This healthy turkey burger has been a big success at cooking lessons in the Colin Allotments’ Healthy Living Centre and is very easy to prepare. Method:


Mix the finely chopped mushrooms with the parsley and spring onions and blitz in the food processor


Transfer the mix into a bowl, add the breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, mix until combined


Add the Turkey mince and squish gently until mixed through


Divide the mix into 4 and shape as required into burgers


Place on a baking sheet, brush both sides with oil and bake in

Georgia O’Hara uses our recipe to rustle up some turkey burgers


❏ 3 tablespoons parsley

❏ 500g lean ground turkey

the oven at 190 degrees for 20-25 mins, until cooked through

❏ 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing


For a chargrilled taste transfer to the BBQ for a few minutes (optional)

❏ 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


Serve in a bun of your choice with lettuce, onions, sauce, relish, avocado, cheese etc (you could use a wholemeal pitta bread, too)

❏ Salt and freshly ground pepper

❏ 50g mushrooms, chopped f inely

❏ 50g breadcrumbs

We would love to see pics of your home made creations on social media, simply tag us and we will share or retweet you!

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Design a Scarecrow Competition Healthy Mums and Dads! Grab the kids, gather Living Centre Attention their pens and colouring pencils and get them involved in our Design A Scarecrow Competition! at Colin Allotments Now that summer is here the Colin Allotments really requires the help of your children’s creativity. We need 3 scarecrows designed and named to help keep the birds away from our home grown veggies.

Are you an organisation responsible for delivering programmes of activity to your members or clients? The Healthy Living Centre at the Colin Allotments is a social economy business which delivers outstanding teaching programmes. We work with a variety of groups including schools, youth groups, charities and local businesses to meet a wide range of learning objectives. We specialise in bespoke healthy and horticultural programmes and can put together an activity depending on your needs and budget. If required we can also help with the completion of funding applications for programmes based in the centre. The centre is also an excellent venue for meetings and team building events. For more information please contact Matthew McKinley at Colin Neighbourhood Partnership on 028 9061 2317 or email [email protected] Healthy Living Centre, Colin Allotments, 30 Colin Glen Road, Belfast BT17 0LR

The winner of the competition will have their design printed in the next copy of the Colin News and the winning designs will be turned into real life scarecrows which will be used to help keep our lovely vegetable patches bird free. Winners will also receive a CNP goodie bag. We have 3 different age categories for this competition: 1.

11 years and younger


12-14 year olds


15-18 year olds.

Please send scarecrow designs on a blank A4 piece of paper by Tuesday 26th July to CNP at Cloona House, 31 Colin Road, with child’s name and age, and name and contact number of parent/ guardian. Designs can also be scanned and emailed to [email protected] Or you can post your image to our facebook page. The winners will be announced at our Pop-Up Food and Craft Market on Tuesday 2nd August.

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Summer Schemes in the Colin area Below are details of a number of Summer Schemes organised by local organisations. For info on any programme please contact the centre directly. Colin Youth Development Centre, Lagmore Area Project and the Colin Detached Youth Project Summer schemes for this project take place on: Monday 4th July – Fri 8th July

Saints Youth Club Saints Youth Club in Twinbrook will be providing a Summer Scheme with residential and educational opportunities for seniors (evening time) and juniors (day time). For more info contact Cuan at Saints Youth Club on 028 9062 7250

Mon 11th July – Fri 15th July Monday 1st August – Friday 5th August Monday 8th August – Friday 12th August Range of programmes include residentials, outdoor education, inclusion, daytrips, sports and arts and crafts etc. For more information and to register contact Nikki Green at CYDC on 028 9062 9799 or email [email protected]

Colin Glen Adventure Centre Weeklong activity programmes designed to give your child a new sense of adventure. Activities include Archery, Bubble Football, Bushcraft, Climbing Challenges, Golf (Driving Range) High Ropes, Kayaking, Laser Tag, Mountain Biking, Orienteering, Raft Building, Sport For All Games, Team games, Zip Lines, and Slippery Slide. Taking place on:

Youth Initiatives

Monday 18th – Friday 22nd July

Monday 8th August – Friday 12th August

Monday 25th July – Friday 29th July

Monday 15th – Friday 19th August

Monday 1st – Friday 5th August

Monday 8th – Friday 12th August

Monday 15th – Friday 19th August

Times: 10am – 4pm (Mon – Fri), Early Drop off available from 9am. Age: 10 – 16 Year Olds. Price: £99 per person per week – Save 35%. 5% Discount for family members. Contact the centre for more info on 028 9061 4115.

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Youth Initiatives has a fun, interactive, exciting and free Break Out Summer Scheme this August. Each week there will be a wide variety of activities and daytrips. For more information contact YI on 028 9030 1174. The Break Out Summer schemes will take place over 2 weeks on:

Sally Gardens Community Centre, Poleglass Sally Gardens’ Summer Scheme runs from 25th July - 5th August. Includes trips to Greenhill YMCA, Dundonald Ice Bowl, Belfast Zoo and Snakes & Ladders in Bangor. For 6-11 year olds, £25 per week. For more info contact Rory on 028 9062 7250.

Local Volunteers Celebrated Colin Neighbourhood Partnership has celebrated and awarded local volunteers in the Colin area at its first ever Colin Volunteer Awards. The awards were held during national Volunteer Week to recognise volunteers who give up their time for the good of the community. Local people were asked to nominate individuals and groups who make a positive difference in the area through volunteering. The awards were presented at CNP’s 9th Annual Volunteer BBQ and Celebration event, which took place at the Colin Glen Community Allotments.

Gemma McCaughley, Volunteer Development Worker at CNP, organised the awards and said: “As a result of organising this

event, we have been able to see just how strong the volunteering community is in Colin. We estimate that there are over 300 people who volunteer in various roles in the Colin area, from administration and horticulture, to befriending and youth work. I would like to say congratulations to everyone who was nominated for an award, your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. Thanks must also go to our funders Department of Communities, Belfast City Council, Colin Early Intervention Community, First Class Blinds and the Asda Foundation” If you are interested in volunteering contact Gemma on 028 9062 3813 or email [email protected] More photos of the Volunteer Celebration Event and Awards can be found on our facebook page

The full list of award recipients are: Adult Volunteer of the Year Pauline Diamond Small Volunteer Group of the Year – The Lively Bunch Large Volunteer Group of the Year – Colin Valley Football Club

Winner of Best Newcomer Award - Butterfly Support Group

Young Volunteer of the Year – Eamonn Rooney Best Neighbour Award – Paul and Pauline Burke Best Newcomer Award – Butterfly Support Group Special Award for Exemplary Contribution to the Colin Community – Mrs Anne Patty 10 Years Service Award - Linda Sadlier, Deirdre McCourt and Isboel Quinn

Mrs Anne Patty receives an award for Exemplary Contribution to the Colin Community

Winner of Young Volunteer of the Year is Eamonn Rooney, pictured with Carl Von Ohsen of Department for Communities

Adult Volunteer of the Year, Pauline Diamond, pictured with Carl Von Ohsen of Department of Communities

Winners of Large Volunteer Group of the Year - Colin Valley Football Club

10 Years Service Awards for Linda Sadlier and Deirdre McCourt, pictured here with CNP Manager Annie Armstrong

Winners of Small Volunteer Group of the Year - The Lively Bunch

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Éire Óg Gaelic Club Éire Óg is a Gaelic club from the Dunmurry area. Founded in 1932, the club plays out of Woodlands Playing Fields on Finaghy Road North. Éire Óg has a thriving Gaelic football, hurling, ladies football and camogie teams at various age groups up to senior. The club is community focused and provides free coaching at the majority of the schools in the area. All coaches at the club are fully qualified and vetted, and all coaching is free of charge. The club caters to children from preschool age and upwards at the various sports. Éire Óg is family orientated and while juvenile training takes place there is free tea and coffee or, for the more energetic, the club also runs a free Couch to 5K for parents. Ciaran McGarrity, Youth Development Officer, said of

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the club, “The club is going from strength to strength. Our recently formed Ladies Football team has seen an explosion of numbers, while our juvenile camogie team is very strong. Our boys teams are well established with many making a successful move to Senior and our hurlers have been doing very well over recent years. Since our move to the 4G training facilities at Woodlands we have noticed a big increase in the number of juveniles at the club and this would not have been possible without the help of Belfast City Council. There is nothing better than watching our U6s enjoying themselves playing Gaelic games” Emma Meenan, aged 8, is a Juvenile Payer with the club and has been going since she was 4

Emma and Holly Meenan, juvenile players with Éire Óg

years old with her sister Holly. Emma said, “I love playing Gailec and Camogie as it is great fun. The club is brilliant as we are always going on trips to watch matches and I have been to Croke Park a couple of times. I even got to play at half time during Down v Kerry match in Newry in front of 10 thousand people! I love going to training and matches as I get to catch up with my friends and have a laugh.” For more information on the club please contact Kevin on 07739128449 or visit

Urban Villages Initiative in Colin Completion of Colin Draft Strategic Framework In recent months, a lot of work has been carried out with local community representatives to shape the Urban Villages Initiative’s Strategic Framework for Colin. The draft Framework is now complete and will be officially launched soon. It highlights a set of strategic actions that have been developed by local community members in Colin as well as local and central government. The Framework includes a summary of the main outcomes to be delivered through the Urban Villages Initiative as well as a set of Strategic Actions which are the main priorities for your area. These actions have been highlighted by local community groups and include themes such as civic

spaces, youth engagement and understanding, and living in a safer neighbourhood. This Framework is an example of how the local community can shape specific actions and inform the investment decisions that will be made in their area. It will encourage government departments and agencies to work together, allowing for more focus on the specific needs of the Colin area. Anne Donnelly, Local Coordinator for the Urban Villages Initiative in Colin said: “This is an important milestone, as a significant Draft Strategic Framework for Colin which was recently completed

amount of work has been carried out with extensive input from local people and community representatives. Now that we have shaped this document, highlighting the main priorities for Colin, we can start to roll out programmes in the coming months and work with other organisations to help deliver shared priorities”. A copy of the Colin Draft Strategic Framework will be made available to download from CNP’s website soon. Colin Youth Providers Workshop, March 2016

In other news: Good news as Outline Planning Permission has been granted for Colin Town Centre. The 21-hectare development will be based on Stewartstown Road and will include a range of facilities such as the Transport Hub for the Belfast Rapid Transit System. Working with partners, the Urban Villages Initiative has started to build momentum on the planned design for an Urban Park, with the aim for construction to begin in the next financial year. Plans for the development of the Transport Hub in Colin were approved by Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee on Tuesday 14th June 2016. This is a significant step forward for Colin Town Centre and will have a positive impact on the area.

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Out and About in Colin

Kelcie Haughey and Tiernan Gallagher enjoy an arts workshop

Lower Sixth Pupils from St Colm’s School take part in local planting project

Nathan Brooks, Leah Brooks, Katie Brooks and Aimee Brooks ready to enjoy the ice rink at the Dairy Farm

The Feeney family show off their woodworking skills at our Bird box making workshop

Enjoying a schools visit from NI Fire and Rescue

Enjoying a craft workshop during Creativity Day

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Potato Harvest at Colin Allotments

Local mums and babies at the Colin Breast Feeding Group’s 1st birthday

Roisin Austin with son Rhys Scott at a Bring Your Parent to School event in Good Shepherd PS

Good Morning Colin volunteers at a Cookery lesson at Colin Allotments

Footprints Women’s Centre’s 50plus group receive certificates from Martin McDonald, Heritage Lottery, for their involvement in a local history project

Teenage immunisations Information released by the Public Health Agency highlights the importance of routine immunisations which are offered to all young people before they leave school. 14-18 year olds receive vaccines to protect them against diseases including Tetanus, diphtheria and polio as well as Meningococcal infection ACWY. The Td/IPV vaccine, given in one single injection, boosts the protection they got as a child against tetanus (T), diphtheria (d) and polio (IPV – inactivated polio vaccine). The MenACWY vaccine gives them protection against meningococcal groups A, W and Y and boosts their protection against MenC disease. Vaccination also reduces the risk of carrying the bacteria and so protects other people too, Why do we need immunisation? The national immunisation programme has meant that dangerous diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria and polio have practically disappeared in the UK. But these diseases could come back – they are still around in Europe and throughout the world. That’s why it’s so important for young people to protect themselves. Most of these diseases are kept at bay by immunisation.

How does immunisation work? Vaccines contain a small part of the bacterium or virus that causes a disease, or tiny amounts of the chemicals the bacterium produces. Vaccines work by stimulating the body’s immune system to make antibodies (substances to fight infections and diseases). So if you come into contact with the infection, the antibodies will recognise it and protect you. An information booklet from the PHA can be downloaded from CNP’s website www.newcolin. com. If you have any questions or want more information, talk to your child’s school nurse, or the doctor or nurse at your GP surgery. You can also visit or vaccinations.

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Colin Care worker is Best in the West! Colin Care employee Fiona Rafferty has won a Best Carer award at the Best of the West awards, organised by the Andersonstown News.

John Jones, Kennedy Centre Manager, congratulates Fiona Rafferty on her Best Carer Award

Fiona is a Support Worker/Part Time Team Leader at Colin Care and has been working for the Poleglass based domiciliary care company since February 2013. The Best of the West Awards were held in the Devenish Complex and recognised those local businesses which provide excellent service and contributions to the community. Fiona was delighted at winning the award saying: “I am over the moon with my Best Carer Award. It was a great achievement for Colin Care too as 3 other staff were also nominated in this category. We are all delighted at being recognised for our work, thanks to everyone who voted for us.”

Getting ready for school in September With the Summer break in full flow, it can be difficult to think about your child starting nursery or primary school in September but it’s definitely worth thinking ahead. Along with the excitement of them taking this big step, there will inevitably be a few worries about how they’ll adapt to this new environment. Will they be happy, make new friends, grow in independence and confidence, learn to share and take turns, enjoy learning new experiences? Of course you hope they will! But how can you best support them during this period, and understand the key building blocks of development that your child will be experiencing at nursery or school? How can you best support them to practice and develop those skills when they come home after school? The School Transitions team at Colin Neighbourhood

Partnership (CNP) will be delivering the internationally recognised Incredible Years School Readiness programme across nursery and primary schools in Colin this September and October. It’s a programme for parents and carers of children aged from 3 to 6, giving you the skills and confidence to support your child at this special and important time. This FREE multimedia programme takes place in schools for a two-hour session each week over 5 weeks. Each programme is delivered by two trained facilitators from CNP’s School Transitions team and involves around 10-12 parents (mothers, fathers, or principal carers). It’s guaranteed to help you give your child the best possible start at school. It’s supportive, and it’s fun! The programme will be delivered in local schools including Good Shepherd, St. Therese and St.

Luke’s nursery schools, St. Kieran’s primary school and Scoil na Fuiseoige and we expect to run more programmes in other schools (and anyway programmes are open to any parent even if they’re not in the school your child is attending). If it’s not running in your child’s school let their teacher know you’re interested. If you want to ENROL NOW for the programme, or simply want more information about what it involves, give the School Transitions coordinator Bernie Donaghy a call at 90623813 to discuss School Readiness – or email [email protected] com. You can also give one of the other team members Grace McCann, Orlaith McCarthy, Gina Biggerstaff, Jan Winton and Sinead Moss a call too. Don’t put it off – contact us now – and then get back to enjoying the rest of your Summer!

Local parents celebrate completing the Colin Incredible Years programme

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Drug support update With a number of recent tragedies in the Greater West Belfast area relating to the misuse of prescription drugs, the Colin Drug & Alcohol Forum are encouraging local residents to make use of the drugs bin recently installed at the Laurel Glen Pharmacy, found opposite the Stewartstown Road Health centre. The drugs bin is secured to the side wall of the premises and can be used anonymously. Community Safety Officer for CNP, Michael George states: “Use of the bin is steadily increasing with a mix of body building steroids, tranquilisers and some illegal highs. As stated this is a totally anonymous service with no come back to those using it and we hope that giving residents this opportunity will save lives in the area.” In addition to this service there will be a West Belfast wide seminar on supporting families coping with addiction in early September. For further information contact Michael at CNP on [email protected] or 028 9062 3813.

The drug bin at Laurel Glen Pharmacy

Job Vacancies at Colin Care for Care Workers Domiciliary care company, Colin Care are wishing to recruit a number of Care Workers. Please see below for full details. To apply please call Gina/Louise at Colin Care on 028 9043 1275 or email [email protected] to request an application form. Job Title:

Care Worker

Responsible to:

Colin Care Manager

Hourly Rate:

£6.70-£7.20 per hour (Plus Mileage allowance 30p per mile for Drivers)


Flexible working hours will be required on a regular basis including evening and weekends.


Cloona House, Colin Road, Belfast

Job Purpose:

To work as part of a team to deliver personalised care packages to people in their own homes.

Benefits: • Full training will be provided. •Full and Part Time hours available. •Facility to work various shifts. •Uniform provided. •Job satisfaction.

Job Requirements: • Previous experience of working in the care industry would be beneficial but not necessary. • Driving licence and use of vehicle essential

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Sailing with the Colin Area Men’s Shed

Members of the Colin Area Men’s Shed with Annie Armstrong, Manager of Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, and Belfast Lord Mayor, at the unveiling of the hand built currach.

A curach, hand-crafted by members of the Colin Area Men’s Shed, has been officially unveiled by Belfast Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston. The boat is an exact replica of a Gola curach in place at Magherallen Pier in Donegal and its creation is the result of a partnership between Belfast City Council, Colin Neighbourhood Partnership and the Colin Area Men’s Shed. The curach is a traditional Irish sea vessel, originally used as a fishing boat and a ferry to carry people, animals and goods out to Gola Island. They were originally made from hazel and animal skin and tied together but for the last 100 years have been made from oak, white deal and larch, and ‘skinned’ with canvas. Members of the Men’s Shed spent the 20 week project taking part in traditional woodworking skills including carving and joining, and using different tools. Training was provided by Ciaran Breen and his team at the Lough Neagh Boating Heritage Association. Alderman Brian Kingston, said: “This project has been a challenge for the men involved but it is exciting to learn new skills to create something

Members of the Colin Area Men’s Shed building the currach

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as they have done from scratch and to know they are keeping tradition alive. It is a beautiful boat and I hope that now the 20 week project Belfast Lord Mayor speaking at the has been unveiling of the currach. completed the community will appreciate the craftsmanship that went into it. Belfast City Council is committed to working in partnership with communities across the city to provide new opportunities, to build new skills, boost health and fight social isolation – and this project has provided all of these.” CNP co-ordinated the project and Annie Armstrong, Neighbourhood Renewal Manager, said: “Local men from the Colin Area Men’s Shed have worked very hard to produce this beautiful boat, they have been working steadily for the last few months and their dedication to this unique project is an inspiration. They loved working on the curach and have learnt new skills regarding this traditional heritage craft. They made new friends and simply loved meeting up to create this beautiful vessel together. They can’t wait to get onto the next project.” If you are interested in getting involved in projects like this contact Scap at Colin Neighbourhood Partnership on 02890623813 or email [email protected]

Desmond Walsh working on the currach

What’s on in Colin... JULY



WEDNESDAY 20TH JULY Market trip to Bangor for Older People. Contact Isabel at Good Morning Colin on 028 9062 7863 / 075 9274 8129 to book a place.

MONDAY 1ST, 8TH, 15TH & 22ND AUGUST Breastfeeding Support Group. Great chance to meet other mums. Every Monday at 10.30am – 12noon in Colin Community Hub, Laurel Glen Shops, Belfast. For more info contact Liz on 078 4190 8725.

MONDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER Carers Support Group. 11.00am1.00pm, Cloona House, 31 Colin Road. Poleglass. Call in for tea/coffee and a chat with other carers. Receive updated information and news on events and activities. Group meets first Monday of every month. New members welcome.

MONDAY 25TH JULY Breast feeding support group. Great chance to meet other mums. Every Monday at 10.30am – 12noon in Colin Community Hub, Laurel Glen Shops, Belfast. For more info contact Liz on 078 4190 8725. FRIDAY 29TH JULY Market trip to Belfast for Older People. Contact Isabel at Good Morning Colin on 028 9062 7863 / 075 9274 8129 to book a place.

MONDAY 1ST AUGUST Carers Support Group. 11.00am1.00pm, Cloona House, 31 Colin Road. Poleglass. Call in for tea/coffee and a chat with other carers. Receive updated information and news on events and activities. Group meets first Monday of every month. New members welcome. TUESDAY 2ND AUGUSTSATURDAY 13TH AUGUST Colin Summer Festival. Our annual community festival is back again this summer. See pages 2-3 for full details!

FRIDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER Understanding Self-Harm Training. Open to all care givers wishing to learn more about self-harm. At 9.30am–1.00pm, CNP, Cloona House, 31 Colin Rd, Poleglass. Contact Carol Brown 02891510275 / [email protected] to register. More info at

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