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Christmas switch

What an amazing night on Friday for the Shankill Christmas switch!

Thanks to everyone who came out to support the event and thanks again to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive Cohesion unit for funding our tree and for their support on this event.

There is still plenty of events happening in the coming weeks, please check the programme below and we look forward to seeing you all again.

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ICE Project is back

Christmas is getting closer and so is the winter. Peace Impact Programme, in partnership with South Belfast Alternatives and TREE, is bringing back this year the ICE (In Case of Emergency) Project to help and support the community with practical help through the cold winter months.

If you need help or know somebody that does, please do not hesitate to reach out.

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Greater Shankill Winter Festival

We are delighted to be part of the Greater Shankill Winter Festival and we invite you all to join the celebrations!

Kicking off tomorrow Friday 29th November at 6:30 PM with the Christmas Tree Light Switch On in the ACT Community garden.

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Lights switch in the Greater Shankill

The Christmas tree is up in the ACT Community Garden in the Greater Shankill!

We invite you all to come and help us ‘Light up the Shankill’ on Friday 29th from 6:30 PM.

We would like to express our gratitude to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive Cohesion unit for funding our beautiful tree and for their support towards our event on Friday.

The Christmas tree in the ACT Community Garden
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Social Media Changes

Following a recent intervention by the NI Charities Commission, The ACT Initiative social media sites are under investigation for breaching our charitable objectives and the policies of the NICC. Therefore, given that this has been a recurring situation, the ACT Board have taken the decision to reconstruct one social media outlet, (The ACT Initiative Central), through which all future postings will be managed. Voluntary administrators, from all satellite sites are requested to comply and to send new posts to actgreatershankill@yahoo.co.uk – thank you.

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Peace Impact Programme

Another successful Level 2 ‘Events Management’ training course was completed at the ACT Community Hub, Friday 5th July. Thank you to Eventsec for facilitating the programme, at their own expense, and to all those successful participants. More training opportunities will be forth coming and our PIP Belfast Co-ordinator, Ian Shanks, will be posting details soon.
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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.

ACT Initiative Team