Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Dunmurry group ‘deserves’ top award

A Dunmurry group has won a UK wide Queen’s Award for volunteering in the community.

Dunmurry Community Association, a registered charity, is based in council accommodation at Fullerton Park Playing Fields. It runs lots of schemes for all age groups in the area, including summer, Christmas and halloween schemes for local children and pensioners.

This year alone the group has hosted two War Years Remembered events for the 70th anniversary of the Blitz and the 95th anniversary of the battle of the Somme.

Its members work alongside other neighbouring communities and bring together joint resources where required. They have also taken part in a course with Forward Learning “Knowing Me Knowing You “which looks at the history of the island of Ireland.

Housing Executive Chairman, Brian Rowntree, said he was delighted that the group’s work had been recognised with this award. The association provides valuable support to the local community in an interface area, providing activities for young and old and taking forward local issues of concern.

“The Association is part of our Shared Neighbourhood Programme and they are also involved in tackling Interface Issues, The dedication, hard work and determination of this small group of volunteers is commendable.”

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