1-9 Finvoy Street
Belfast BT5 5DH
Tel 028 9059 5858

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History

 

Walkway Community Association

 

Walkway Community Association was formed in August 1992 by a group of residents to provide activities and programmes for all the members of the community in the Ravenscroft/Bloomfield/Holywood Arches area. A committee was formed and with the help of East Belfast Community Council and other agencies we were soon delivering programmes and projects for all ages.

From 1992 to 1995 the Association met in members houses and hired the local church hall for activities and events. During this time we were having discussions with Belfast Action Team, Belfast City Council and other statutory agencies with the view to securing premises to house our organisation.

We were unable to secure premises in the local area and the only land available to build on was already purchased by the Department of Enviroment for the proposed Comber to Belfast Route that was to run throught ur area. Althought this proposal had been around for quite some time we were informed that no decisions had been made to take it forward in the near future. The Association thenlooked at the possibility of leasing some plots of vancant land in order to place a protable building to work out of. This was seen as a short term solution to the problem that would be addressed in the future when plans for the Comber to Belfast Route were finalised.

This idea was welcomed and supported by Belfast City Council and the Belfast Action Team (later to be known as Making Belfast Work). Belfast City Council secured a lease for the land from the DOE at 1-9 Finvoy Street and in 1995 the first floor of the Community Centre was erected. The portable building gave us the opportunity to provide social and recreational facilities and to provide resources for the local community. The association grew strenght to strenght with recongnition being given for the work being carried out by volunteers. These volunteers availed of the opportunities for training and personal development in all areas of community work and management of a community organisation.

In 1999 the organisation was successful in an application to the European Partnership Board to fund a Community Development Worker to futher the aims and the objectives of the group. We were running out of space to house the many user groups and projects and applied for funding to add and extension to the building, we were successful in this application and another floor was added in 2000. This led to an increase in the groups work and in 2001 the Association received funding for an administrator and a centre supervisor to manage the upkeep of the building and the day to day running of the organisation.

The Association is recognised as a valuable asset to the local community and provides many projects and programmes to benefit the residents and the local businesses in the area. The building itself was not meant to be a premanent structure and needs to be completely refurbished. we hve been working out of this building for 17 years and altough we have taken care of this it is proving difficult to keep up with the increased maintenace and out of date heating system etc. We have an application in with Socail Investment Fund to replace out current building.

We feel that Walkway Community Association have a proven track record of working for their community and will continue to so so in the future. This is our 24th year working in the is community and our dedication and commitment remains the same, to improve the quailty of the life for all. A new purpose built building to house our programmes and the user groups would provide a much needed resource in our area.