Youth Council announced for Ards and North Down

I am thrilled to be able to pass on the news that The Northern Ireland Youth Forum (NIYF) has been tasked by the Ards and North Down PEACE IV Partnership to set up the ‘Capacity Building & Youth Leadership Programme’. Young people in Ards and North Down are being urged to take part in a … Read moreYouth Council announced for Ards and North Down

Peace IV can make dreams come true

Along with Cllr Richard Smart, I am pleased to be a Champion of the Cross Community Intercultural Theatre project. This programme is aimed at building a greater awareness of cultural diversity, understanding and cohesion between communities. The programme which will be delivered by Terra Nova Productions, Northern Ireland’s only professional intercultural theatre company to stage a … Read morePeace IV can make dreams come true

Working together we could have saved the Donaghadee Big Weekend

At the January Council Meeting a misjudged attempt to bounce Ards and North Down Borough Council into funding the Donaghadee Big Weekend to the tune of £30,000 fell as the proposer and seconder failed to secure even the support of their own party colleagues. If Councillors had only worked together to present a more creative … Read moreWorking together we could have saved the Donaghadee Big Weekend

Ballyvester Cemetery demands immediate work

In a recent, courageous and heart-breaking Facebook post, Michelle Marshall from Millisle horrified us all with a picture of the state of her child’s grave in Ballyvester Cemetery. I met with Michelle on Tuesday morning and was horrified at the state of the area around her baby’s grave. No mother should see their child’s grave … Read moreBallyvester Cemetery demands immediate work

BREXIT? It isn’t happening here, says Ards and North Down Borough Council

In the week when the rest of Europe and the UK is working hard to try to secure a positive move forward to the second phase of the Brexit negotiations, Ards and North Down Borough Council has taken the bizarre decision not to take any steps to prepare for the outcome until March 2019! Voting … Read moreBREXIT? It isn’t happening here, says Ards and North Down Borough Council

Draft Integrated Strategy for AND (2018-2030) – Tourism, Regeneration and Economic Development

Council has launched a public consultation on its Draft Integrated Strategy for Ards and North Down (2018 – 2030) – Tourism, Regeneration and Economic Development. It has been produced by the Paul Hogarth Company and will be used to revitalise the Borough over the next 12 years. Please have you say at Draft Integrated Strategy. All feedback … Read moreDraft Integrated Strategy for AND (2018-2030) – Tourism, Regeneration and Economic Development

#nohatehere Campaign launched in Ards and North Down

nohatehere

Ards and North Down Borough Council is working hard with its partners to create a #nohatehere campaign this week and I was pleased to be invited to help launch the initiative. There is no place for hate of any kind in our community and we should all adopt a ‘zero tolerance’ attitude to the issue. The only thing … Read more#nohatehere Campaign launched in Ards and North Down

Getting involved with the YMCA I AM WHOLE Campaign

I AM WHOLE

Mental health stigma is stopping young people asking for help and more than one in three young people with mental health difficulties experience stigma, according to the YMCA, so I was pleased to be a part of he I AM WHOLE Campaign 2018 alongside the PSNI and Ards and North Down Borough Council. The I AM … Read moreGetting involved with the YMCA I AM WHOLE Campaign