Whether you’re starting a new community group or you’re already up and running, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Community Services team is here to help. On this page you can find out more about setting up and running a group; Council grants; support from community development officers; training; advice services; Community Arts and Good Relations.
The Community Group Kit Bag
The Community Group Kit Bag is a collection of ‘how to’ guides to help you make the most of your group – everything from managing finances to planning an event is covered with easy to follow guidelines and downloadable templates. [read more]
Grants and Funding Support
New and existing community groups can apply for funding to develop projects for the benefit of local communities, groups and individuals. Each year, grants programmes are available through the Community Services unit [read more]
Community Development Officers
A community development officer’s role is to engage with local communities and support their progression in order to improve their community. This allows community and voluntary groups to work together and make decisions based on the needs of their community and take action to make a long-term difference. [read more]
“Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council aims to build good relations amongst its citizens by means of the delivery of a Good Relations Programme which addresses local need. This will be affected through the active involvement of elected members, council officers, relevant agencies and local citizens to implement a programme that is underpinned by the principles of equity, diversity and interdependence.” [read more]
Island Community Arts
Opened in June 2001, ISLAND Arts Centre has earned the excellent reputation as one of the island of Ireland’s major leading multi-arts venues by proudly presenting a unique diversity of arts and entertainment choices all year round for Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s vibrant cultural and creative scene.
Over 280,000 visitors a year experience the expectation and excitement of live theatre performances, music, dance and children’s theatre from Northern Ireland’s top performers. An array of national and international companies as well as a first-class programme of diverse classes and workshops including visual and verbal arts, community arts, performing arts and a full education programme actively encourage people of all abilities to explore and preserve our arts heritage.
To find out more about ISLAND Arts Centre and its community arts programme, which includes training, project opportunities, funding, and bursaries please click here.
For more information on any aspect of arts in your community, please contact either:
The Lisburn & Castlereagh Advice Service continues to provide advice and support for local people on a range of issues, including benefits and money advice through Citizens Advice Bureau (Lisburn).
To find out how to access this Services, please click on a service Citizens Advice link below.