Many of the people we’ve welcomed at our Ballycastle Centre this year have come from communities which were hit particularly hard by Covid–19.
‘For many in our area, Covid increased isolation and reduced household income, while also amplifying stress and mental ill–health. This in turn led to a significant increase in anti–social behaviour and violence in the community’ says Stephen Hughes, Senior Youth Worker at St Peter’s Immaculata Youth Centre, West Belfast.
‘By May our team was feeling absolutely dejected, tired and frustrated from dealing with these huge problems constantly for over a year’ says Stephen. ‘But their visit to Corrymeela enabled them to acknowledge how challenging the Covid crisis had been and gave them space to lift their heads and recognise the positive difference they had been able to make’.
Unfortunately, Covid has also hit our Ballycastle Centre hard financially, as our bookings are significantly lower than normal and our running costs are higher. Although our bookings are increasing, we are operating at a significant deficit each month.
Your support can help us welcome more groups like Stephen’s next year and work towards becoming financially sustainable again in the future.
• £30 could pay for a Youth Worker to visit our Centre for a day of reflecting and recharging after a challenging year
• £65 could pay for a Community Worker to visit our Centre for an overnight stay at our Centre for some much needed rest & renewal
• £100 could pay for a facilitator to host a session with a group to help them process their experiences during this year and navigate a way forward
Please give what you can as your support can help us support communities who have been hit hard by Covid.
Ps—We are offering donors who commit to a new regular gift of at least £10 a month, a free copy of God of the Fallen Grain, Alex’s beautiful book of prayers which is out now. Register your regular gift and we will send you your copy.