Forthspring Inter Community Group is committed to providing services to local people in the Springfield/Woodvale area and promoting good relations within and between these communities.
Forthsping’s vision is of a diverse and peaceful community, where all people are free to live with dignity, hope, respect and understanding. Forthspring since 1997 has been providing a much needed safe and welcoming environment where people from both communities can meet and find a different way from the violence and division of the past. Forthspring brings together Protestants and Catholics to increase tolerance, understanding and trust by supporting people to talk about their religious, cultural and political similarities and differences within a safe space.
We are always keen to recruit new volunteers to help out in
various projects including youth, afterschools, café, seniors programme, gardening and retail If you know of anyone is interested ask them to simply call in for a chat, phone 028 90313945 or contact Chris O'Halloran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOLDEN GIRL KELLY GALLAGHER TOP OF THE CLASS
Skiing golden girl Kelly Gallagher showed her artistic side as she joined children from a local primary school and young people from Forthspring Inter Community group in Belfast on Wednesday 6th May
The Bangor athlete, who became the first GB competitor to win gold on snow at a Winter Olympics or Paralympics in Sochi last year, shared her inspirational story and brushes with success during a visit to the project organised by the National Lottery.
Kelly, 29, is one of more than 1,300 elite athletes supported by the National Lottery through UK Sport. The funding allows athletes like Kelly to train full time and have access to some of the best coaching, facilities and support staff in the world.
Forthspring Inter Community Group received £462,000 of National Lottery funding via the Big Lottery Fund for their Youth Matters project which engages with vulnerable young people and is run from the organisation’s community centre on the Peace Line between the Woodvale and Springfield areas of Belfast.
As part of her visit, Kelly took part in an art class with children from Springfield Primary School before meeting young people participating in the Youth Matters Project.
She said: “I have had a great time meeting the children and young people associated with Forthspring Inter Community Group. It is clear the project does important and challenging work in the local area.”
“Skiing and sport is a huge part of my life. The funding I have received from the National Lottery via UK Sport has helped to enable me to train, compete and win at the highest level.”
“It is fantastic that National Lottery funding goes to support projects like the Forthspring Inter Community Group who help young people come together, overcome barriers and make the most of opportunities. Anyone who plays the National Lottery should be proud of the life-changing difference they are making here in Northern Ireland.”
Richard Dougherty, Youth Manager at Forthspring Inter Community Group added: “We were delighted to welcome Kelly Gallagher to our project. She is an inspirational role model for all our young people and a brilliant example to us all with her achievements in sport.
“Thanks to National Lottery funding, we at Forthspring Inter Community Group have been able to run a five-year project aimed at improving the lives of disadvantaged young people living in an interface area. We bring together young people from both sides of the community and run a range of services and activities to help improve their lives, increase their opportunities in life and build mutual understanding and tolerance.”