Local communities were the real winners at the Accredited Training Graduation Ceremony in Lisburn on Wednesday according to the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Cllr Thomas Beckett.
"This is a great achievement and highlights the partnership working that has been successful for many years between the Council, the local community and Supporting Communities."
A total of 25 certificates were presented to local volunteers who have completed the OCN NI accredited Community Capacity Building Level 1, Level 2 and Community Development Level 3 delivered by Supporting Communities from April 2015 through to January 2016.
The awards ceremony celebrated the successes and accomplishments of individuals and community groups within the community sector sponsored by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in The Bridge Community Centre, Lisburn.
Laura O’Dowd, Supporting Communities Support Services Manager said, “These certificates are a recognition of the significant efforts and commitment of the people within their local communities. My congratulations go out to all who have completed the qualifications.”
The graduates came from a number of organisations within the community and voluntary sector in Lisburn and Castlereagh including Seymour Hill Community Association, Killynure Community Association, The Dales Community Association, Lisburn Downtown Centre and Harmony Hill Residents Group among others.
Stephen Marks, Training and Social Enterprise Officer for Supporting Communities said, “It really has been our pleasure to learn and develop together over the past year. The quality of the work was excellent from participants and the graduates richly deserve these awards.”
Rhonda Frew, Community Development Officer for Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, closed the proceedings by thanking Supporting Communities for delivering the programme, congratulating the graduates on the completion of their studies, and highlighting the Council's commitment to continuing to provide learning opportunities for local communities.