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The ‘Belt, Boots & Bullets – From Tartans to Paramilitaries’ seminar at Carleton Orange Hall, Portadown

The ‘Belt, Boots & Bullets – From Tartans to Paramilitaries’ seminar took to the road this week and ‘played’ at Carleton Orange Hall, Portadown. With approximately 100 in attendance from the Mid-Ulster region, an evening of poetry, prose, drama and stories was well received. With readings from his book by Gareth Mulvenna and poetry and excerpts from Beano Niblock, this was a creative evening of interaction which we hope will travel to other localities soon.


The image shows the two guest speakers, two actors and our voluntary ACT Organiser for Mid- Ulster, John Stephenson and our Co-Ordinator for the Peace Impact Programme in the area Gareth Chambers. Thank you to the Mid-Ulster ladies for their contribution on the evening and to IFI for funding the event.

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‘No Parking’ Patrol Signs Launch at Belfast City Hall

A big thank you to all the children from Springfield, Harmony, Ligoneil and St Vincent de Paul Primary Schools for their amazing contribution to our Community Safety Project. Today we launched our new ‘No Parking’ Patrol Signs, in partnership with the PSNI, PCSP and the four schools. On behalf of the ACT INITIATIVE, thanks to Steven and Annette for their work on the ground.

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Pittsburgh MBA group visit

Pittsburgh MBA group visit the ACT Community Hub for our ‘Signing of the Covenant to the Signing of the Good Friday Agreement’ exhibition workshop.

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CSR Card training

The ACT Community Hub was packed out last Saturday with people taking part in CSR Card training, this was put on by Unite the Union.

Unite is a British and Irish Union that does not have a desire for a United Ireland in its Constitution in the way other Unions have. If you would like to avail of some training or would like to join a Unite in the Communities Branch call into our Shankill Road office or speak to your local ACT rep.

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Relaunch of The ACT Exhibition ‘From the signing of the Covenant to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement’

The ACT Exhibition ‘From the signing of the Covenant to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement’ was relaunched on Monday 18th February 2019.
The first participants to view the new material was a joint Falls Community Council/Shankill Women’s Centre group.
ACT was glad to host this large group, 33 in total, and received positive feedback on the experience.


We welcome expressions of interest from other groups, please make contact through the ACT website or Social Media.

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The new display of the Exhibition “Our journey – Our Narrative”

There have been some changes to the exhibition “Our Journey – Our Narrative” in the ACT Community Hub on the Shankill Road. The changes are ongoing with more to come.

Feel free to call in during opening hours (9 am – 5 pm) to view the exhibition, for Group Bookings please make contact through the ACT website or Social Media.

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Outreach Clinic

We are delighted to announce that our partners in EPIC will be holding an Outreach Clinic in the ACT Community Hub every Monday and Friday (10 am – 2 pm) from this Friday 22nd February 2019. 

The clinics are for everyone in the community but they are particularly interested in helping Ex-Prisoners and Former Combatants with any issues they have. Please call in and make use of the service.

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Employment Academies

Forthcoming event on the training academies in conjunction with Belfast City Council, the HGV (Lorry)and PSV (Taxi) Licences.  An ‘Open Day’ will be held at Conway Mill 10 am – 12 noon and Crumlin Road Gaol from 2 pm- 4 pm Thursday 17th January. Our Board member Thomson Harrison, Careers Mentor with Shankill Job Assist, will be at Crumlin Road Gaol with his colleague.

For further information, Phone: 02890246226 

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Book Exchange @ACT Initiative

Book Exchange @ACT Initiative

Come in our office in 178-180 Shankill Road for our book exchange. Take a book, leave a book.

Everybody welcome 🙂

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Community Event

Community Event

Some amazing photos from us working with the greater community.

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