West Belfast Area Intervention Project
We have joined together with partners to target services where they are needed most in the Lower Falls and Divis area of west Belfast.
The West Belfast Area Intervention Project, which we've committed £100,000 towards, is a pilot scheme but, if successful, we could use this model to help plan service delivery in other parts of the city.
As part of the scheme, we are helping to co-ordinate work to tackle issues which affect residents in this neighbourhood, on behalf of a range of agencies.
This work is part of our Investment Programme, which aims to create engaged and active communities to address inequality and tackle disadvantage.
What's happened so far?
Here are some examples of the kind of work taking place in the Lower Falls and Divis area:
- three community clean-ups, with young people from Immaculata Football Club and Divis Area Youth Project
- extra police patrols, as part of Operation Echinus
- environmental improvements at Ross Road flats
- an intensive cleansing and graffiti removal programme
- extra dog warden patrols to encourage people to clean up after their pets
- talks and workshops in local primary and nursery schools and community groups about recycling and anti-litter awareness
- introduction of a new food waste and dry recycling scheme to some households, with plans to extend their further.
We are planning, together with our partners, other schemes for the area, including:
- a new physical activity and sport forum offering opportunities for local sports clubs to work together and build their capacity
- Threshold, a 12-week programme at Belfast Metropolitan College to provide employability skills and work experience preparation for young people aged 16 or older
- several areas have been identified for possible improvements and there will be an opportunity for local residents to have their say through a visioning exercise about how these sites should look and could be used by the wider community
- major environmental improvements from Divis Street to Grosvenor Road/Falls Road junction
- additional funding to help youth workers engage with young people, and encourage them to get involved in local programmes and activities
- extra support classes for parents and personal development programmes for young people at Grosvenor Recreation Centre and other local venues.
Many agencies have provided financial and other support for the West Belfast Area Intervention Project, including:
- Belfast Education and Library Board, West Belfast Area Project
- Belfast Health Development Unit
- Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
- Belfast Metropolitan College
- Department of Employment and Learning
- Department for Regional Development, Roads Service NI
- Department for Social Development, Belfast Regeneration Office
- Local community and voluntary organisations
- Local residents' associations
- Northern Ireland Housing Executive
- Probation Board Northern Ireland
- Police Service for Northern Ireland
- West Belfast Policing and Community Safety Partnership
- Youth Justice Agency.
If you live in the Lower Divis and Falls area, and would like to help your community or get involved in any of the projects listed here, call 028 9027 0215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.