The project will see the development of a Community and Recreation Centre for the village on the grounds of Oisins GAC.
Friends of Glenariffe based in Glenariffe in County Antrim are a Company Limited by Guarantee and a registered charity. They are a voluntary organisation which helps to deliver community development opportunities within the local area. They operate with a pool of 50+ volunteers who assist on an occasional basis with all events and fundraising activities during the year. Many of the volunteers are also Friends of Glenariffe members who have been paying a monthly subscription since its inception 6 years ago to help fund the building of a Community and Recreation Centre. The organisation also engages with the wider North Antrim area through local networks.
Friends of Glenariffe is committed to ensuring that local children, young people, the elderly, adults and people with disabilities can avail of healthy and productive recreational, educational, social and community development opportunities that serve to bring people together in a controlled, safe and fun environment. They see the role of the organisation as promoting community development and interaction and to support this rurally isolated community by setting an annual programme of events and activities to provide opportunities for the community to come together.
The project will see the development of a Community and Recreation Centre for the village on the grounds of Oisins GAC. The group are keen to see the development as it will bring the space into a wider and more productive community use than at present. The works will include the construction of a 2-storey building comprising: a large function room (dividable into 2) for community activity and social events; a smaller function room for meetings; changing rooms, showers and toilets for males, females and people with disabilities as well as kitchen facilities and amenities. The new centre will be accessible for all members of the community and will include a lift.
The project shows the engagement of the community in its development and design and the group hopes it can act as a catalyst for developing linkages between the community and statutory agencies for the delivery of services in the area.