Audience members at
the official launch
In addition to the home visits staff have also been involved in community development work. Forums and local community groups are important avenues for initiating change and improvement to the environment in which children are raised. As such project staff have taken up opportunities to participate in these groups which operate in areas where many of the staff themselves live.
The Official Launch
The Official Launch of the Project by two local children in September of last year was a great success. The occasion also provided an opportunity for families in the area to visit the Project and the children's party which was held in the afternoon was attended by approximately 250 families. The launch was attended by the European Officer, two members of the European Parliament, the Local MP and the Lord Mayor. Representatives for the Local Council, Community groups, Training & Employment agencies, Further Education colleges and Health & Social Services also attended. The event received media attention from newspapers such as; The Belfast Telegraph, The Irish News, and the News Letter, and was shown on the tea time news on Ulster Television.