This project will see the reimaging of a derelict, underused and inaccessible space into a fully functional, accessible and inclusive outdoor community green space
Irish Street Youth and Community Association are a registered charity and were established in 1971 to benefit the residents of Irish Street in Londonderry. It aims to do so by working in partnership with statutory agencies, other community & voluntary organisations and the local residents, with the overall vision of improving the conditions of life for the residents of Irish Street. They manage Irish Street Community Centre, which is owned by Derry City and Strabane District Council. The Association is made up of 12 members from the local community who are elected on a yearly basis at the Annual General Meeting.
In order to meet the needs of the residents in this area, ISYCA runs a wide selection of programmes and activities from their base in Irish Street Community Centre, which benefit all age groups; from toddlers to residents in their nineties. Activities include; Parents and Toddlers; Zumba, Women's Group, Bingo, Computers, Highland Dancing, Citizens Advice Bureau & NI Housing Executive Outreach, Luncheon Club and Men's Group. They also run weekly youth activities and various drop-in services as well as one-off seasonal events to mark Burns Night, Valentine’s Day, St Patrick’s Weekend Festival, Halloween and Christmas. They are actively engaged in cross-community work (particularly with their interface neighbours in ‘Top of the Hill’), and other events in partnership with a range of organisations.
This project will see the reimaging of a derelict, underused and inaccessible space into a fully functional, accessible and inclusive outdoor community green space, which will be used as a casual outdoor meeting space, as well as an area to run various programmes and activities. The only use which the land currently has is during the summer months, when part of it is used as a bonfire site. The group wish to transform this area into a space which can be used all year round. The project will remove existing flagstone paths, soften the landscaping to include community growing space and seating area; work to level the site for accessibility; create new pathways that will link the green space, the community centre and a new play park; and other elements that will see the space being transformed into one that will be widely used by the whole community.