Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Ballymena South Community Cluster?
The Ballymena South Community Cluster is a not-for-profit organisation that supports community groups within Ballee, Ballykeel and Harryville. The Ballymena Community Cluster concept was developed as a local council initiative and is supported by Mid & East Antrim Borough Council. BSCC is one of four Cluster groups operating in Ballymena.
What is the Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership?
The Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership is a programme developed by the Department for Communities to provide additional funding and support to areas of high social and economic deprivation. Neighbourhood Renewal Areas are defined by the Northern Ireland Multi Deprivation Measure.
Why do we have a Ballymena South Community Cluster?
The idea behind the Community Cluster, is that there is strength in groups coming together to share information and ideas as well as promoting their community projects. The Cluster is a support to all the groups within it, as well as being a support to the wider community.
How does the Ballymena South Community Cluster support Community Groups?
A lot of work goes on behind the scenes for community groups to run their projects, activities, and events. The role of Ballymena South Community Development Officer is to assist the groups with governance, funding, training, administrative duties and to co-ordinate bi-monthly Cluster meetings. The CDO will keep Community reps up to date with information and news as well as liaising with a number of external support agencies.
How can I get involved with the Ballymena South Community Cluster?
We have a range of activities that the community can participate in, including Luncheon Clubs, training and education, Youth Clubs, to name a few. You can also volunteer with one of the many Cluster groups. You can contact the Ballymena South Community Development Officer, Hannah, on 02825631350 or 07934849934 for more information.
What are my responsibilities if I join a Community Group?
There are two ways to become involved with one of our community groups. You can link in with the group to provide an extra set of helping hands, or you can join the Committee where you will attend Committee meetings, or even take on a role as an Office Bearer, including Chair, Secretary or Treasurer. Free training will be available for all volunteers.
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