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East Belfast Mission 

Renewal and Transformation of the East Belfast Community 
At East Belfast Mission we work with everyone in our community to improve their spiritual and physical well being. The pages on our web site reflect the many areas of life in East Belfast in which we work with the local community. As a "not for profit" organisation we run many fund raising activities to support our community work. This work includes helping the Homeless in our Hosford project, our child care facility in Bright Sparks, our Skill and Social Enterprise Hub which helps people back to work and sometimes fitness and of course our thriving Church and Community which delivers pastoral care. 
We are based in the Skainos Centre on the Newtownards Road. The Skainos Project is an urban regeneration project in inner East Belfast providing shared space for community transformation and renewal. Central to the development is a new street in inner East Belfast, untouched by the history of the Troubles, with the capacity to be genuinely shared space. This civic square is capable of hosting open air events like concerts, farmers' markets and Christmas fairs and is overlooked by new, mixed tenure housing, thereby giving the square a living presence round the clock. 
We have won many awards across several projects. Click here to see what we have achieved. 
The Newtownards Road frontage of the development features new retail and commercial office space. Inside, and fronting to the square is the work of East Belfast Mission including youth and family services and counselling as well as a community hall and auditorium, and a cafe which spills onto the square. 



East Belfast Mission's Neighbour's in Need project will soon get into full flow. Every Christmas food hampers are delivered to the needy in our local community. The first year we delivered around 200 hampers but this figure had steadily grown and last year we delivered 726 hampers just in time for Christmas. We always need food donations, help to pack the hampers and people to deliver so if you could lend a hand or can offer donations, contact Sandie Gallagher to hear more.  
Donations of food items need to be with us by Monday 30th November and our packing day this year is Saturday 5th December. 


Are you interested in finding a Christmas job to inject some cash into your festive celebrations? Stepping Stone have over 100 jobs in retail on their jobs board. Retailers such as Debenhams, Tesco, M&S and Boots are in need of staff so if you wish to hear more, call East Belfast Mission Stepping Stone team on 028 9045 8560 today. Alternatively, e-mail john.mccrea@ebm.org.uk but don't miss a fabulous opportunity with one of the high street leading retailers this Christmas - these positions will be soon snapped up! Good luck!  


EBM celebrated Harvest Sunday on 11th October.  
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At the end of August this year, EBM had a Mission week and Nancy from Eastridge Presbyterian Church in Lincoln Nebraska wrote a short story of her experience. Click here to read Nancy's experience of her week at EBM. 


East Belfast Mission has always played a central role in the local community and it continues to be a voice that seeks to speak for the marginalised and the poor. Recently, the Rev Margaret Ferguson welcomed the leaders of four main Church groups along with representatives from St Vincent DePaul and a local school principal and youth worker to discuss concerns with increasing austerity and the impact of Social Reform on N Ireland. 
The following was reported by the BBC: 
Political instability is hurting the most vulnerable in society, Church leaders have said. (More...) 


The Restore shops in Belfast, Antrim, Larne and Newtownards and our Vintage shop in Royal Avenue Belfast are still in need of volunteer help. You can learn new skills, meet new people, help rebuild your confidence whilst giving something back to a local charity therefore contributing to the work they do. Call in and speak to any of the shop managers or contact us on this website and we will send you a volunteer application form. We also need drivers to deliver and collect furniture for our shops. You must be aged 25+ and have a full clean license.  


EBM held an event last year for Giving Tuesday and this year the event is on Tuesday 1st December in the Skainos building. If you are interested in attending please contact cathy.megahey@ebm.org.uk. The night is all about "the friends of EBM". We want to show you why you should support our charity by volunteering or donating. Everyone welcome. More information will follow in the coming weeks. 
On Saturday 21st November EBM are holding an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Mission. The concert and dinner event is in the auditorium at Skainos and will commence at 6.30pm with dinner and the Dundonald Community Concert Band. Please contact EBM for further information and prices if you are interested. Then on Sunday 22nd November, there is a Church service at 11am with Special guest preacher Rev Jim Rea. Everyone is welcome. 






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