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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. 
 

WHAT'S ON AT EBM WEEKLY? 

There are many programmes that run all year round and others are term time. One off events will normally be posted below in the news and events section. 
 
The Turas Irish classes will finish up mid June and a new range of classes will start again in September. Watch here for all details which we will post towards the end of the summer period. Regular events will still happen throughout the summer. Watch facebook for posts or see below. 
 
The FREE Homework club for children is on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday during term time from 3.30 - 5.30pm. 
 
Friday Fusion is now finished for the summer period but will recommence on a Friday in September time. The time is normally 6.30-8pm and it costs £1 per child each week. 
 
The EBM Church within the Skainos building, has a regular congregation and a church service each Sunday morning at 11am. Everyone is welcome. Primary school age children can attend Sunday School whilst the church service is on.  
 
The Church has a Friendship Club which is on a Wednesday from 2-3.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along.  
 
Time Out is held on the second Tuesday of the month from 12.30-12.50. in the auditorium.  
 
Men's bible classes are held on a Tuesday from 10.30-12 noon and there is a mid-week Bible & Prayer class on a Wednesday evening from 7.30-2045 in the prayer chapel. 
 
The community team hold an Over 50's lunch group on a Thursday with fun activities and a great lunch for very little so if you need new friends and a laugh, come along. 
 
Our Stepping Stone Lemis+ team are here to help you find a job. If you need help to find your dream job, get some training, get advice or help with interview skills or filling in an application form, please make contact and sign up with the team - 90458560. 
 
Hosford have a variety of regular activities including the Street Soccer, Going Green gardening group, EBM choir and many other programmes. 
 
 
 

NEWS AND EVENTS 

Exhibiting at St George's Market 

A social enterprise event - Social Souk - took place at St Georges Market on Wednesday 31st May. This was a great networking opportunity and EBM displayed materials from all our projects to try to raise awareness. We had Refresh cafe staff offering sample scones and delicious soup and Restore, Refurb and Recycle had a selection of products on show. Please click through on the link below at 10.41 to hear an interview with Cathy Megahey - PR Officer at EBM. 

Gerry Armstrong is ambassador 

Former Northern Ireland International football legend Gerry Armstrong was announced as new ambassador for homeless charity Street Soccer NI. Gerry attended a Street Soccer event to hand out International Caps to previous Homeless World Cup players who represented their country in the last three Homeless World Cups. 

 
Bright Sparks Holiday Club 

EBM Volunteers are in the limelight 

EBM reception volunteers Edwina and Pauline featured in the View Digital online magazine this month - read the entire feature by clicking on the link below. 

Loyalty card at Refresh 

The Refresh cafe has now a loyalty card in place. Call in and speak with Mike or one of the team and start getting your card stamped for a FREE tea/coffee or sandwich. The summer menu is now in full swing and have wonderful new signage in the garden off the Refresh cafe so come along and visit this summer. 

Refresh Garden Cafe launch 

The event to launch the Refresh Garden Cafe which is now accessible from the front of the road, went extremely well with Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Nuala McAllister present for the official opening on Wednesday 28th June. There was live music, a BBQ, entertainment from our Bright Sparks children and there was a very comfortable community feel to the occasion. 
 
The longest serving volunteer at EBM; Linda Watson pictured below with the Lord Mayor, helped in the arrangements by cutting the ribbon to declare the entrance open to the public. The Lord Mayor and the COO at EBM Andrew Irvine said a few words of welcome to the crowd.  
A huge thanks goes to all concerned for the hard work in preparing the garden, especially the Going Green group and their contacts and also the EBM facility team who ensure the bunting and signage were in place and the garden was looking its best. The Refresh cafe team did an amzing job as always, providing excellent food and music. Linda Watson did a sterling job in cutting the ribbon and enjoyed the day and the Bright Sparks children definitely shone. 
 

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