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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. 
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 learning the Irish language? Turas Irish language project caters for beginners and those who know the basics. We have a full programmes of weekly classes at EBM every week from Monday through to Friday. Contact us for more information. Everyone welcome. 


EBM will celebrate Harvest Sunday on 11th October. We would love you to feel welcome to join with us and invite others. This year our theme is, "God's generosity - Our generosity.  
We are priviledged to have plenty and God asks us to share out our plenty. Going Green group with supply soup for lunch and will tell us about the work within the project and how they share out their abundance. Jim McClean will share a Harvest poem he has written. Sandie and some of the ladies will make items to share with the congregation. The homework club and fusion children, helped by Hannah and Christine, will make decorations.  
There will be a time of worship, prayer and reflection on the theme and we also hope the Friendship Circle may provide flowers to share with the housebound. Please note this in your diary and you are most welcome to join us at 11am on Sunday 11th October. 


This week EBM welcomed home the Hosford team who had travelled out to Amsterdam to take part in the Homeless World Cup. The team qualified to the top groups for the first time ever! Pictured is player Richard McKay who won the Fair Play trophy after helping his opposing number despite the whistle not being blown. Team manager Justin McMinn said, "many of our players have faced many life difficulties from a very young age and have not had the opportunities most of us take for granted. Street Soccer is working to tackle this, to inspire people and to give them another chance". Player Sevy Folman said, "it's been the best 10 days of my life! I want to stay as part of Street Soccer and become a coach. I want to get full time work as soon as possible. I want to travel and to see the world. There are so many things I want to do!" 


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.  







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