Going Wild on the Connswater Community Greenway

Going Wild

East Belfast young people have been spreading the news of the Connswater Community Greenway, in a wet and wild way. 

The East Belfast Community Education Centre is based in Bloomfield House on the Newtownards Road and it works in partnership with Belfast Metropolitan College to deliver education programmes to adults.  It operates a crèche facility to assist parents get into education and the young people organised a spectacular fun run, planned to start at Victoria Park and finish in the centre. 

Thanks to funding from the Connswater Community Greenway Activity Grants Programme, made possible by the Big Lottery funding the Greenway has received, arts and crafts materials were supplied, and with the help of artists, the children created banners, posters, wildlife costumes and musical instruments. 

Not to be deterred by the adverse weather forecast which meant they could not have their fun run, the team approached Gerry Monaghan, Centre Manager at Connswater Shopping Centre who invited them to utilise the shopping centre as a venue, ensuring that the children had an opportunity to showcase their handmade costumes.  They distributed Connswater Community Greenway leaflets around the centre and brightened everyone’s day with their musical “rain rattles”. 

Sean Brannigan, Connswater Community Greenway Engagement Officer said, “The aims of the activity grants are to encourage local community organisations to develop activities which raise awareness of the Connswater Community Greenway and attract people to the area. It’s their community and it’s their Greenway so it makes sense that they can come up with great activities to help us spread the word.” 

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