The co-ordinator of Newry Child Contact Centre told us about her work with a local charity group and social enterprise group Clanrye Group which aims to help disadvantaged young people/adults move into employment:

“The Clanrye Group took on a project which I put forward to clear out a shed on the property of Newry Family Resource Centre where the Contact Centre operates. The shed was a storage ground for anything and everything (from old sofas, broken office chairs to baths and sinks). The aim was to enable us to store more appropriate resources in the shed (outdoor games, toys etc) to help facilitate families attending the Contact Centre. We also hoped to have shelving and a work station which can be used for various projects like ‘seed planting’ to encourage relationships between children and their non-resident parents creating a bond in watching and nurturing their little seeds to grow. This may also encourage the children to return to the centre, as it happens on many occasions that children are very wary of the new surroundings.”

“Anyway, I am delighted to report that during this summer the shed has been totally cleared and the Clanrye Group have taken 3 old chairs and turned them into flower beds (flowers included). They have also painted the flower beds. Fantastic work!”

Fiona Burns, Contact Centre Co-Ordinator

Newry Child Contact Centre

Clanrye Group

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