Poleglass Community Association @ Sally Gardens have been out and about in the community delivering a range of support services as part of The Warm Well and Connected programme funded by Department for Communities. The programme has been extremely successful in tackling and mitigating the ill-effects of the pandemic on people, families and communities. The Healthy Living Centre Alliance across the region have been supported by the Department for Communities to deliver a host of online workshops and programmes to help us get connected, take care of ourselves and learn new skills. The programmes and workshops are completely free to access. Whether you go for our regional or local programmes you will be welcomed. Warm, Well and Connected is there for you as we all try to take care of ourselves and others during winter. Department for Communities Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, announcing the fund, said: “I am acutely aware of the detrimental impact the pandemic has had on people’s emotional and physical wellbeing, so addressing loneliness and isolation, emotional wellbeing and financial hardship relating to household bills, is a key focus of this support. This funding will be directly targeted at the most vulnerable, including children and young people; carers; older people; people living with a disability; and anyone who has lost income as a result of Covid-19″. For further details on the programme please follow the link www.hlcalliance.org.
Sally Gardens are delighted to offer FREE the Level 3 Learning & Development Award, starting on 18th September at 6.30pm email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Our Building Your Future Training Calendar for Sept to Dec 2019 is now available. There are a number of accredited and non-accredited training opportunities & qualifications and taster workshops available. If you would like to secure a place on any of the courses/workshops, please contact one of the team on 028 90627250.
We had another fantastic Summer Scheme that ran over the summer with a fun packed programme of activities. Young people got to attend lots of different trips including fun days, the zoo, play parks, Air-tastic and much more. Over the course of the scheme the young people made new friends and memories, challenged themselves, overcame fears and learnt new life skills. We had some in-centre activities as well, including a magic show and a visit from the NI Fire Service.
The scheme is a great way for enhancing the skills and giving opportunities to our senior member volunteers also. We had 6 volunteers aged 15-17, who gained experience in youth work. These young people were a great help and it give them an insight into working with children.
Feedback from young people: “I really enjoyed the summer scheme. Every day we got to do something different. I made loads of new friends. My favourite trip was Lady Dixon fun day – I learnt how to make a hut out of trees”
Feedback from parents: “Best Summer Scheme on the road. My two children had brilliant fun. The staff were really attentive and got involved with the kids. They will definitely be back next year. It was really good value for money. Well Done Sally Gardens.”
Feedback from Volunteers: “I loved helping out during the summer scheme. It’s my first year but I thought it was great. I learnt about the importance of getting to know the children and making sure they are having fun. I found out how stressful it can be looking after young people but also how rewarding it is. Everyone really seemed to enjoy the summer scheme. I can’t wait to next year.”
Project supported by Belfast City Council.
As part of our Building Your Future project, 16 participants who have enrolled on the level 1 Vocational Skills qualification have undertaken a unit in make-up application. The group have been learning about the application of concealer and foundation and how to perfect bridal application, ersonal skills. All participants are given the opportunity to practice on each other and are encouraged to take photos to build up their own portfolio for their own personal development. Many have expressed an interest in progressing via a social enterprise. Well done everyone! Project funded by European Social Fund, DfE, Urban Villages and supported through Belfast City Council Capacity Build Grant.