Ballee - Community GroupsOur groups in the Ballee area
Ballee Community Association
Ballee Community Association are a long-standing community group who formed in 1977. Over the years BCA have been involved in several community-led projects, including Walking Clubs, Mums & Tots groups, Intergenerational and History projects.
BCA manage Ballee Community Centre on behalf of MEABC, and it is used for a Line Dancing Class (every Tuesday from 8-10pm), Ballee Knitting Club (every Tuesday 2-4pm), Ballee 60+ Luncheon Club (every Wednesday from 10-1pm) and can also be hired out for parties, or functions. (Check our calendar for current dates and times)
The Ballee 60+ Club is one of BCA’s most successful projects and was previously funded by National Lottery. Over the years the group have been meeting for weekly meals, games, bingo and trips away. The club have recently purchased some new games to keep the members both entertained as well as staying active.
During the Covid 19 crisis BCA delivered emergency food parcels to the most vulnerable residents living in Ballee. Members of the Ballee 60+ Club also received Activity Packs, Christmas Hampers and Easter Baskets throughout 2020/21
For more information about BCA, their activities and volunteering options please contact Hannah on 028 256 31350 or visit their facebook pageVisit facebook page
Ballee Community Childcare
Ballee Community Association also manage Ballee Childcare Centre which offers professional, low-cost childcare. Ballee Community Childcare is located at the edge of Ballee and Harryville, on the Antrim Road.
The playgroup was originally founded in 1977 and was supported and staffed by caring volunteers, many of which were mothers of the children who attended.
Ballee Community Childcare have always provided high quality care within a safe and happy social environment.
In 2008, Ballee Childcare moved into its own purpose-built premises. This state of the art, spacious and airy building provides childcare services to over 80 children annually. The spacious outdoor play area is well facilitated to help the children develop in the 6 areas of learning. The building is well equipped with a main playroom, snack room, story corner, home corner, construction area, highly equipped multi-sensory calming/settling room.
For more information about Ballee Childcare please contact Kim on 028 256 59315 or visit their facebook pageVisit facebook page
Seven Towers Community Association
STCA represent the residents of Drumtara, Ballee by offering activities to younger people, such as Dance Classes, Movie Nights and Family Fun Days, as well as a Women’s group who take part in cookery and keep fit classes. With funding and support from NI Housing Executive and Department for Communities, STCA have been able to provide a play park and Community Allotments in Drumtara, both of which are invaluable assets to the area.
STCA offer free training and employment opportunities through the DfC Community Access to Lifelong Learning Project (CALL) and they have recently been engaging with young people in the area and completing a Bonfire Safety Course. For more information about STCA, their activities, projects and volunteering opportunities please contact Hannah on 028 25631350
Ballee & Harryville Community Enterprises
Ballee & Harryville Community Enterprises Ltd. (BHCE) comprises of representatives from both the Ballee and Harryville Communities, local business owners and councillors.
The social enterprise company was created in 2007 to provide employment opportunities through affordable business units in the local area. BHCE own the Workspace Units located on the Antrim Road and the income generated from these go directly back into community projects in Ballee & Harryville. Since 2011 Ballee & Harryville Community Enterprises have taken a lead with Ballymena South Cluster and employ the South Cluster Community Development Officer.