RATHCOOLE Churches Community Group (RCCG) reported another successful year at its annual general meeting this week.
The meeting, held in the organisation’s Dunanney Centre in the estate, was used as an opportunity to showcase the work the group had carried out in the past few months particularly in Rathcoole.
Guest speaker at the AGM was friend of Rathcoole, Claire Nolan from the Belfast Regeneration Office.
Claire spoke of the Department of Social Development’s commitment to Rathcoole particularly in the area of neighbourhood renewal.
RCCG is best known for the Dunanney Centre in Rathcoole, which is a social enterprise and uses its income to support the local community and meet the needs of Rathcoole.
The centre officially opened in May 1999 and has been at the heart of Rathcoole life ever since.
The centre has run a wide range of projects meeting the needs of the local community. Projects have included a summer intervention programme, a drama programme, community events and a wide range of community relations work.
These programmes have been run with funding support from organisations including Community Relations Council, Newtownabbey Borough Council and North Belfast Good Relations Unit.
The centre also houses the offices of Newtownabbey CAB, North City Training, Rathcoole Friends of the Somme and Early Years, which complements the work of the centre and the services to the community.
Chair, Pat Hutchinson MBE said: “I am delighted to report on another productive year at the Dunanney Centre. It is wonderful to see so many friends here today to help us celebrate the work we do. It is very important to us that we work with the community of Rathcoole to make the centre the success that it is. ”
For further information on the work of Rathcoole Churches Community Group and the Dunanney Centre, contact the Centre Manager Vicky Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org.