BSCR, funded by Belfast City Council recently sent 15 local people on a Welcome Host Tourism Course. This qualification meant that employment for 12 local people was assured and 3 others are now qualified to enter the tourism industry.

As part of our Developing Community Safety Strategy for the area we are holding a training event on the Impact of Hate Crime on Victims, and in particular we will be looking at the impact hate crime has on its victims and how best to tackle it. This will take place in our centre on 1st July 10am-1pm, if anyone would like to attend please contact us on 02890244449 and book your place.

Even though the Sandy Row Festival Committee did not receive and funding towards this year’s Summer Festival they would like to take this opportunity to thank all the residents and businesses of Sandy Row area for their kind donations as without their help and support the festival would never have taken place.

The Summer Festival was  opened by Billy Newman from BSCR on the 1st of July where locals enjoyed a BBQ and music from DJ Matt.  There was a variety of activities over the 11 day period for all ages including arts & crafts, trips, treasure hunts, fish suppers with a sing-along for the over 50’s and lots more.  This is the first time the groups in Sandy Row have come together to create a festival programme, and despite the weather the festival was a great success. The hope is now that with more planning and preparation next year’sFestival will be Bigger & Better,  watch this space...