Learmount Community Development Group


Learmount Community Development Group was established to empower and support the people of Learmount in working towards the social economic and environmental development of the community. 

The Creating Change grant supports the post of the Volunteer Promotion and Recruitment Officer who has developed excellent volunteer management structures to allow them to recruit, support and supervise a whole range of volunteers in very different roles.

Volunteer run services have been developed to fit the needs of the community.  The Good Morning Park service provides a daily phone call to those elderly or feeling isolated in Park and the surrounding rural area.  The Good Morning Park members are also invited to any community events and transport is provided for them.

Park village had not had a summer scheme for many years, the group recruited and vetted over 20 volunteers for specific roles and they ran a very successful summer scheme for a week in July with over 60 primary school children attending. 

The group decided to offer a small volunteer run library service in their centre which grew out of the book club.  The library has encouraged many older people to come into the centre who can then also enjoy some hospitality and learn about other services available.

 The group recognised that the local Mothers and Toddlers group needed some support.  Learmount offered a Cook It! programme to the mothers while offering volunteer childcare for their children in an adjacent room.  Learmount also trained two of the mothers in a Rhythm and Rhyme programme that they now deliver within the mothers and toddlers group. 

A volunteer run monthly Environmental club is provided for children of the area.  They have over 20 children attending and participating in activities such as a red squirrel day, a bat event, a bird of prey event as well as bird filming and planting and tending to their flora and fauna area.

Volunteers continue to run the book club, transport lunches for the older peoples lunch club, tend to the gardens with the Green Club, recyclables project removing unwanted furniture and provide arts and crafts with the art club.  Overall there is now a huge volunteer input and much greater community cohesion in Park through the community centre services.


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Clifton House Heritage Centre
2 North Queen Street
Belfast BT15 1ES

T: 028 9032 3000
E: grants@halifaxfoundationni.org

Registered in Northern Ireland Number 19019

Company Limited by Guarantee

Charity Number: NIC101763

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