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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. 


Joining Old and Young (J.O.Y) 

Are you over 50 years old? Interested in some fun activities during the month of August? At EBM our Church & Community Outreach team are organising a range of activities from 15th August - 19th August from 11am - 3pm. The activities will include arts and crafts, a movie day, a day trip away, bingo and bowls and on the final day there will be a BBQ with music and entertainment. The cost per person is £2 each day and more information can be obtained from Sandie on 028 9045 8560. All welcome.  

Turas end of year awards 

On Friday 17th June Turas celebrated the end of another very successful year. With almost 200 people of all ages learning Irish or taking part in cultural classes, Turas, a project of East Belfast Mission, continues to flourish. 
Councillor John Kyle presented awards and certificates to the many learners who have attended classes and honed their language skills. As well as the many learners who engaged in informal study of the language, this year for the first, more than 20 students undertook courses in Irish through CCEA and achieved excellent results. 
Award winning children’s illustrator, artist and author, Andrew Whitson was also at the event. Andrew manages An tSnáthaid Mhór, an award-winning publishing house based in Belfast and he presented a gift of 90 of his books to the learners of Turas. 

Hosford Rooftop Dinner Event 

Hosford Going Green Group have been working hard getting ready for the rooftop dinner at Skainos which is an event during the Eastside Arts Festival. See details below. 

Homeless World Cup News 

Justin McMinn's side recorded their best ever finish at a World Cup, beating their 24th placed finish last year in Amsterdam, after they finished in 13th place at the tournament following a rollercoaster week in Scotland. 
The tournament itself was a massive success overall with over 10,000 people attending throughout the week as Mexico retained their title after they triumphed in Saturday's World Cup final, defeating Brazil 6-1 in Glasgow. However, for the Northern Ireland side it was just as successful as they made a major impact both on and off the pitch. 
Captain Darren Spiers was a key member of the squad, leading from the front and netting over 30 goals in 13 games which helped the side to that best ever finish in the competition. Johnny Sterrett also added 21 goals to back up his captain's efforts, while David Heagney was another to have an excellent tournament. 
Coming into the World Cup with very few expectations, the Northern Irishmen picked up three wins in the first group stage over Holland, Switzerland and Italy to surprise many. They found their second group stage more challenging as they came unstuck against Chile and Hungary as well as being held to a draw by cross-border rivals the Republic of Ireland, who then beat them on penalties and went on to win the Plate. 
However, wins over India and Street Soccer United, a team made up of refugees living in Scotland, were enough to send Justin McMinn and his team into the Plate, guaranteeing them their highest ever finish. Although they were unable to progress beyond the quarter-finals of the Plate, their excellent behaviour earned them a Respect medal - an award given to teams that display fair play on the pitch, but also make an impression off it as well. 






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