Staff at Kirk House Residential Home, a project of the Belfast Central Mission, were delighted to welcome Nichola Mallon, Lord Mayor of Belfast to officially open Memory Lane today. Ms Mallon said that Memory Lane provided, "Love, care & support for people living with dementia".
Memory Lane is an area of Kirk House which was recently adapted to provide specialist care for people living with dementia. All the staff at Memory Lane have completed the innovative Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) ‘Best Practice in Dementia Care’ development programme.
Today saw another step taken towards unity between Methodism and the Anglican Communion at an event held in Downpatrick – the burial place of St Patrick.
Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury and the World Methodist Vice President, Ms Gillian Kingston from Roscrea, jointly launched a publication that aims to overcome centuries of separate ministries by the two Christian traditions.
Belfast Central Mission’s (BCM) Supporting Housing Team cycled their way to raising over £500 at Tesco Knocknagoney.
The cycling fundraising event was held at Tesco on Saturday 14 March to raise money for BCM’s supported housing projects in Northern Ireland.
Gwen Caldwell, Project Manager for Supported Housing said, “Well done to all the staff that took part. We’d like to thank the generous members of the public who donated and to Tesco for allowing us to hold the event in their store.”
Last week the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev Peter Murray, spent time in Ballynahinch visiting community organisations and volunteers in the area.
On Friday 6 March he visited a variety of organisations and people including the Mid-Down CAP Debt Centre, the Hub Counselling Centre and The Edge Youth Club. On Saturday he visited The Pantry Foodbank in Newcastle and preached at Ballynahinch Methodist Church on Sunday.
He will be returning to the area on St Patrick’s Day to participate in the St Patrick’s Day Pilgrimage from Saul to Downpatrick.
In early 2015 a team of thirteen people from across Ireland travelled to Haiti for 3 weeks to help local Methodists set up and maintain education and health organisations. The trip was organised by Irish Methodist Minister Rev Laurence Graham.
The team was based in Freres which is just outside Port-au-Prince and where the Methodist church in Haiti has its HQ, schools and health clinics.
Pictured: Anne Sweeney (Assistant Director Supporting People), Steven Weldon (coach Street Soccer NI), Mags Lightbody (CEO NIHE), Justin McMinn (Founder Street Soccer NI, Support Worker Hosford (EBM)), Victoria McMinn.
Last night staff at Hosford House, a project of the East Belfast Methodist Mission (EBM), won the Best Housing Story 2014 Award at a Chartered Institue of Housing ceremony held in Belfast City Hall.
NI Ireland Street League has been relaunched as Street Soccer NI. The relaunch event took place at Skainos on the Newtownards Road and was attended by the Lord Mayor of Belfast Nichola Mallon who took time out to chat to the players about the project and their experiences. Nichola has been a consistent supporter of the project and it meant a lot to the team that she attended and spoke so passionately about homelessness.