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Manor Street/Cliftonville Community Group

  • Income

    £183.2K

  • Spending

    £159.5K

Charity no. 103105 Date registered. 29/06/2015

Public benefits

Our organisation meets the public benefit requirement by having the following purposes: • The advancement of education by providing quality training placements in the Cliftonville Community Centre The benefits which flow from this purpose are that young people and adults will be learn new skills in a safe, secure and easily accessible environment,

supported by qualified staff. These benefits will be demonstrated by the participants having an increase in their competences, gaining qualifications and being better equipped to gain employment. A private benefit would be to the training providers, who need partners such as ourselves, in order to enable their trainees to gain the practical experience that they need, but this is necessary and incidental in advancing the charity’s purpose because without the support of these training organisations the trainees would not be able to achieve the qualifications. The beneficiaries of this purposes are young people and adults from Belfast. • The provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure-time occupation in the interests of social welfare, such as a purpose-built community centre, 3 G football pitch, community garden, sports hall, training suite, games room etc. in the heart of the Cliftonville community, within which the following would be provided: carer and toddlers groups, afterschool programmes, youth programmes and adult education programmes and groups. The benefits which flow from this purpose are that toddlers, children, young people and adults will avail of activities and resources and opportunities for social interaction and structured physical activity, in a safe and secure environment, in their community, which will help to improve their physical and emotional-being and conditions of life. These benefits will be demonstrated by the number of people accessing the services and the quality of the resources. A private benefit flowing from this purpose would be the employment of staff to manage the centre resources and to run the activities within but this is necessary an incidental in advancing the charity’s purpose. The beneficiaries of this purposes are people from North Belfast of all ages who choose to avail of the services. • The advancement of citizenship or community development by providing opportunities for local people to volunteer in the centre The benefits which flow from this purpose are that local people will be able to use their existing skills, learn new skills, engage in meaningful activity and interact with others in a safe and secure environment, at the heart of their community, which will help to improve their well-being and conditions of life and also those who attend the centre. These benefits will be demonstrated by the number of people volunteering in the centre. A private benefit flowing from this purpose would be the employment of staff to support these volunteers but this is necessary an incidental in advancing the charity’s purpose. Another private benefit would be the unpaid hours that the volunteers would be working for the betterment of the Centre but this is necessary an incidental in advancing the charity’s purpose and the volunteers would not be replacing staff. The beneficiaries of this purposes are people from North Belfast and beyond and those who chose to become volunteers. • The advancement of environmental protection or improvement by providing green spaces/growing spaces for the local community to use and reclaiming derelict land in order to create a Men’s Shed allotment project in the Manor Street area. The benefits which flow from this purpose are that local people will enjoy a better quality of life through participation in the Men’s shed project and by the improvement in the physical environment. There is no harm from the purposes. (Please contact the Charity Commission in order to view the remainder of this statement).

What your organisation does

The Manor Street/Cliftonville Community Group formed in 1991, because it recognised that there was a great need for a community based facility, to provide social, educational and recreational services, for all sections of the Manor Street/Cliftonville community. In 1999, the group secured funding to construct a new community centre for the area.

The building was opened in November 2001. The Centre, Cliftonville Community Centre, is situated immediately adjacent to the Manor Street Peace wall. The centre is now the focal point of the Manor Street area – providing services 7 days per week to the local community and attracting services and much needed investment to the area. The Manor Street/Cliftonville Community group manage the Centre. The group employs 7 staff. The Management Committee, of the Manor Street/Cliftonville Community Group, is a committee drawn from local people, who are elected at the A.G.M. every year. The majority of these members used to be, and in many cases, still are, service users.We have a strong volunteer base, avg. 30 volunteers, and have provided quality training, student job and community service order placements (working towards qualifications in childcare, administration, IT and youth development etc.) for over 200 adults and young people since we opened. The Waterworks ward, in which it is situated, is an area that suffers from multiple deprivation. (16th most deprived according to NISRA 2010) The Centre facilitates the running of a carer and toddler’s group 2 mornings per week, (average attendance 15 Carer and 15 tots) afterschool’s club 5 afternoons a week; (average attendance 20) youth activities 5 evenings per week, (average attendance 25) football coaching, adult education classes and the running of a Womens’ group one morning per week. In addition we run cross-community and inter-generational projects and work in partnership with a wide variety of organisations from the community, voluntary and statutory sector.

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of citizenship or community development
  • The advancement of environmental protection or improvement
  • Other charitable purposes

Who the charity helps

  • Adult training
  • Children (5-13 year olds)
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Ex-offenders and prisoners
  • General public
  • Interface communities
  • Men
  • Older people
  • Parents
  • Preschool (0-5 year olds)
  • Specific areas of deprivation
  • Unemployed/low income
  • Volunteers
  • Women
  • Youth (14-25 year olds)

How the charity works

  • Advice/advocacy/information
  • Community development
  • Education/training
  • Playgroup/after schools
  • Sport/recreation
  • Volunteer development
  • Youth development

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Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2019

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Charitable purposes

The objects of the group are to promote the benefit of the inhabitants of the Manor Street/Cliftonville area (hereinafter called "the area of benefit") through the provision of educational and recreational facilities without distinction of sex, sexual orientation race or of political, religious or other options, and by associating together the said inhabitants and the local authorities, voluntary and other organisations in a common effort to advance education, preserve and protect the environment and to provide such facilities in the interest of the social welfare for recreation and leisure-time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants.

Governing document

Other name

Cliftonville Community Centre
  • 6 Trustees
  • 6 Employees
  • 20 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Ms Sheila Rice, Cliftonville Community Centre, 60-64 Manor Street, Belfast, BT14 6EA

Trustee board

Trustee
Mr Brendan Mcmahon
Mr Anthony Harrison
Mr Liam Rattle
Mr Paul Little
Mr Emmanuel Conway
Mr Samuel Mcclafferty

List of regions

  • Belfast City Council