Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Greater Village searches for role models

The Greater Village Regeneration Trust (GVRT) is on the hunt for local role models and success stories from people originally from or previously residing in the Greater Village area.

Victoria Summers, GVRT development assistant said: “As well as reaching out to the young people themselves, we would like to encourage anyone from the area who has a success story, — be it within academia, health and medicine, science, law, politics, industry, military or have experienced success in their more personal goals and achievements, to come forward.

“Alternatively, if anyone has any suggestions for role models, be it family members, friends, co-workers etc, to please let us know.”

The region which takes in the mid-Donegall Road, Village, Roden Street, Olympia and Monarch areas of south Belfast, is generally regarded as the most ethnically mixed community in Belfast.

It has high levels of social deprivation evidenced through high levels of unemployment, unfit housing, poor educational achievement, lack of youth services and anti-social behaviour.

Miss Summers continues: “The area is proud of its links with 1950’s singer Ruby Murray and snooker champion Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins, as well as many football and sports stars. However, we are keen to locate further role models who have had success in all walks of life and who can inspire young people across numerous career paths. At this stage we are only seeking to make contact to capture the stories of role models and no further publicity would be necessary.”

The Greater Village Regeneration Trust was established in 1999 to drive forward an extensive programme in urban regeneration. It delivers a range of projects and initiatives across a range of disciplines, including; culture and arts, community relations, employment and training and sport amongst others.

For more information or to put your self forward, contact Victoria on 90 333 527 or email victoria.summers@gvrt.org

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