The long awaited Sally Gardens Play Park was officially opened on the 25th June 2012.
Special guests at the official launch included Jennifer McCann MLA – Junior Minister OFDFM, Alderman William Leathem – Mayor of Lisburn and Councillor Thomas Beckett – Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee.
The large turnout also included representatives of Sally Gardens Community Centre, Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, the Alpha Programme and Groundwork Northern Ireland.
A combination of funding from Lisburn City Council, Colin Neighbourhood Partnership and Groundwork NI has provided an essential facility for the Colin area.
Building on the success of summer interventions, Sally Gardens Community Centre will be offering young people aged 6-11 the opportunity to participate in Sally Gardens Youth Zone each Tuesday 3.30pm-5.00pm.
This activity-based programme will run begin 5thMarch 2013.
Over July & August 2012 Young people from the Colin area enjoyed a fun-packed summer scheme.
Funding received from SEELB enabled Sally Gardens Community Centre to put in place a much needed summer intervention initiative.
Feedback from young people and parents rated, Family Fun Day, day trip to Crawfordsburn, Jumping Jacks and the Cinema as the top attractions.
One parental evaluation comment summed the entire experience as ‘HAPPY CHILD HAPPY PARENT’.
A special thank you must be extended to a team of ten volunteers making the experience both fun and professional.
Young people from the Colin area enjoyed a fun packed trip to Newcastle on 7th August 2012 as part of Sally Gardens Summer Intervention.
A big thank you to Translink, particularly Kevin Wallace Community Safety Officer for making the day educational and fun.
Sally Gardens Senior Citizens Club joined forces with young people from the Bytes Project in an intergenerational project.
Youth Justice supported the project, providing young people with the opportunity to explore issues that matter most to Senior Citizens living in the Colin area.
The project has certainly improved relations between young people and senior citizens and feedback from both groups highlighted the need to build on the positive work.