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Friends Of The Grove Park

  • Removed information

  • This charity was removed from the register on 16 Apr 2019
Charity no. 100379 Date registered. 29/08/2014

Public benefits

In considering the intended beneficiaries of the work of the Association, the Association seeks to benefit the inhabitants of the area surrounding Grove Park in Belfast and its environs of Lower North Belfast In considering and demonstrating the benefits that flow from the promotion of other charitable purposes under the Recreational Charities Act

and the advancement of citizenship and community development, the Association seeks to develop and inspire civic values in an area that has, and is, affected by anti-social behaviour, under-age drinking and drug usage. Through the provision of hip-hop and street dance classes in conjunction with Crescent Arts Centre, young people attending these classes have been presented with healthy alternatives. This has had the effect of reducing crime and anti-social behaviour. Furthermore, the young participants have benefited from improved self-esteem and personal development. These benefits are core to the Association’s community development mission through improved conditions of life for the beneficiaries. The Association also provides inter-generational projects with the elderly attenders at Grove Well-Being Centre. These projects have enabled participants to learn new skills in art work, painting and crafts. As a consequence, this has brought together both young and older people and created common bonds and respect with pieces having gone on to be used in the community garden within Grove Park. The community garden space has greatly assisted the Association in its community work through enabling a space to allow participants to gain understanding of wildlife and nature and to develop skills in horticulture and vegetable growing. As a consequence, the garden space has been a valuable community asset for the local community with the benefit of increasing civic pride and increasing participation and engagement within the Park area. In considering the harm that may flow from this purpose, the classes provided by the Association are free of charge with incidental costs being paid to facilitators/coaches where required. Given that many of the beneficiaries of the Association’s work are affected by low income or in receipt of state benefits, access to the activities of the Association is considered key. In the context of the Association’s recreational and community activities, it is not perceived that harm arises from these purposes. There are no private benefits arising from the purposes of the Association beyond incidental benefits arising from the involvement of committee members (as inhabitants within the local community) benefiting from an area increasingly free from anti-social behaviour and which benefits from improved relationships within the community. The private benefits received by committee members as a consequence of reduced anti-social behaviour are incidental as a resident living in the area and are no greater than the benefits obtained by any other resident.

What your organisation does

The organisation provides a community garden and community festival occuring within Grove Park, North Belfast. The organisation provides dance classes for children and young people and an inter-generational project bringing together young and older people. The organisation has also introduced a shared-skilled program encouraging participants to

share skills such as knitting, sewing, gardening and poppy making in an effort to develop new skills

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of citizenship or community development
  • Other charitable purposes

Who the charity helps

  • Children (5-13 year olds)
  • Community safety/crime prevention
  • Ethnic minorities
  • General public
  • Older people
  • Specific areas of deprivation
  • Youth (14-25 year olds)

How the charity works

  • Arts
  • Community development
  • Cultural
  • Disability
  • Education/training
  • Environment/sustainable development/conservation
  • Heritage/historical
  • Relief of poverty
  • Sport/recreation

Charitable purposes

The Association is established to relieve poverty and to promote the benefit of the inhabitants of the area surrounding Grove Park in Belfast and its environs of Lower North Belfast (the area of benefit) by associating the statutory authorities, community and voluntary organisations and the inhabitants in a common effort to advance education and to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and other leisure-time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants and in particular: (a) to encourage and support the provision, maintenance and improvement of the Grove Park and other public amenities within the area of benefit and in co-operation with the Belfast City Council, encourage public use of Grove Park as a local amenity for leisure, sporting and other activities. (b) to promote and organise a program of community events and activities at Grove Park, and elsewhere within the area of benefit including those involving dance, music and events of a cultural nature (c) to educate the public about the local history of the area and hold history related events, workshops and information sessions and develop a local history archive for the public benefit (d) to promote public safety and encourage measures to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour within Grove Park and the surrounding area and develop projects which promote good community relations and improved inter-generational relationships between older and younger people (e) to facilitate the greater involvement of marginalised sections of the community in the life of the community and encourage participation in public consultations about the re-development of the local area and its public amenities.