New churches forum for Glengormley holds its inaugural meeting

Pictured at the Inaugural Meeting of the Greater Glengormley Churches Community Forum which took place at Mossley Mill on Monday, were Joanna Ireland, Trevor Gibb, Tony Macauley, Councillor Noreen McClelland, Chair of CAN Peace III Partnership, and Paul Caddell. INNT 34-071-FP
Pictured at the Inaugural Meeting of the Greater Glengormley Churches Community Forum which took place at Mossley Mill on Monday, were Joanna Ireland, Trevor Gibb, Tony Macauley, Councillor Noreen McClelland, Chair of CAN Peace III Partnership, and Paul Caddell. INNT 34-071-FP

The new Greater Glengormley Churches Community Forum held its Inaugural Meeting on Monday, August 22 at Mossley Mill.

Around 20 people attended the launch and helped to establish an enlarged steering group and a working group to develop a community initiative to address issues in the town such as anti social behaviour.

The purpose of the Forum is to build bridges for a more inclusive, cohesive and peaceful community in the Greater Glengormley area.

It was established as a result of a series of focus groups, initiated by Glengormley Clergy Fellowship, which took place between March and June at which ‘Bridge Building for a Better Newtownabbey’ was discussed. More than 50 people attended the meetings, hailing from nine local churches.

Lay church members from the Greater Glengormley area are leading the Forum. During July and August 2011 a representative Steering Group developed a strategy and action plan, which were presented and discussed at the launch.

The aims of the Forum are to build contact, relationships and understanding between local churches; to work together to identify and address wider community needs; to develop participative activities to bring the whole community together and to develop links and communication between churches and Newtownabbey Borough Council and other groups and organisations on community issues.

Councillor Noreen McClelland, Chair of the CAN Partnership congratulated the group on undertaking this important initiative.

For further information on the Forum, contact Tony Macaulay on Tel: 028 7083 1144.