We are Supporting Communities
We are an independent charitable organisation that champions tenant and community participation by developing groups, supporting active citizenship and building cohesive communities.
We promote best practice in community participation in Northern Ireland through a grassroots approach to community development, providing tailored support, advice, information and training to new and existing community groups, statutory and voluntary organisations.
We work to empower society through engaged, confident, sustainable and inclusive communities.
Michael Dallat was there at the very beginning of the work that has grown into the current day Supporting Communities. We asked him to tell us about his experience working in the Doury Road community back in 1979.
Lesley Baird is the Chief Executive at Tenant Participation Advisory Service Scotland (TPAS) and has been a great friend to Supporting Communities over the years. Read her guest blog in celebration of our 40th anniversary.
Another great contribution to our Staff Looks Back Series! Richard Mealey was only with NITAP for a short time, but he says the experience has stood by him throughout his career. He looks back fondly on the staff and groups he worked with from 1999-2001.
“Community volunteers are so vital to make society work and I was always proud of the support the Supporting Communities Team gave at all levels, championing and advocating on the community’s behalf and helping them to make things happen.” Former Training and Liaison Officer, Stephanie Kenny-Quinn looks back at her time at Supporting Communities.
As part of our 40th Anniversary series we caught up with some more of our past staff to get their take on our organisation’s milestone. Watch this video from Laura O’Dowd and Ryan Black about their time at Supporting Communities, how it influenced their careers and what they see for the organisation’s future.
We asked former staff members to tell us some of their favourite memories from their time working with us. Carolyn Agnew, now with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, shared her walk down memory lane and how Supporting Communities shaped her career.
This month’s blog comes from Seamus McAleavey, Chief Executive at NICVA. Seamus writes about his memories of the 1991 merger that created NITAP, a key event in Supporting Communities’ history.
We sat down with Bernie Burns, a long-time resident and very active member of the Brownlow community in Craigavon to learn more about the estate and how it has changed over the years as a result of community participation for Supporting Communities’ continuing 40th Anniversary Blog series.
“It is important to remember that building houses is important but it is the building of lives around housing that is crucial. The work that Supporting Communities has done over the years is up there with the best.”
Lorraine Campbell, our Chairperson, contributes this account of how her own personal and professional story has intertwined with the development of Supporting Communities over the past 40 years. Here’s to forty more years all around!