Neighbourhood Renewal

Neighbourhood Renewal is a programme funded by the Department for Communities that aims to reduce the social and economic barriers of the most deprived areas in Northern Ireland. It does this by making a commitment to working in long-term partnership with the communities affected. 

This partnership strives to identify & prioritise the needs of the community while tackling the underlying causes of poverty. Neighbourhood Renewal Partnerships are made up of representatives of local community groups, appropriate Government Departments, public & private sector agencies as well as local elected representatives. 


The Ballymena Partnership was set up in 2005 to oversee the development and delivery of the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme in the Ballymena South areas of Ballee, Ballykeel and Harryville. The Partnership presently comprises of 24 members and currently meets on a bi-monthly basis with its administration services being provided through a Coordinator and Administrator within Mid & East Antrim Borough Council. 

The Partnership currently funds local groups to deliver services directly in their areas with many of these projects being supported on a daily basis by the Ballymena South Community Cluster’s Staff Team. 

Funded services include an afterschool club in Ballee, a Men’s Shed in Harryville, a seniors luncheon club in Ballykeel, community learning & training in partnership with the Northern Regional College and the Jigsaw Project across the three primary schools in the area in partnership with Barnardo’s. 

A new Council webpage is in development to feature the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme. This will also signpost you to further information about the community, voluntary and statutory representatives who sit on the Partnership as well as details of projects currently running through the programme. 

For further information about the Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership, please contact 

Jude McNeill, NeighbourhoodRenewal Officer 

Tel 07391 863564 / 028 2563 3526