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Thank You

Because Together really is Better

Thanks to our supporters, we have been able to help thousands of people since the Covid crisis hit us all in March 2020. This year we’ve been able to support over 2,845 people to discover new ways to live well together, in this particularly difficult season.

 

 

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This year we welcomed 1,637 people to our beautiful Ballycastle Centre to explore difference together.

Some of our guests told us:

 ‘Corrymeela offers us a unique ability to bring young people together in a shared space, learning from one and other and seeing there is more that united than divides them’.

‘A relaxing, friendly environment which refreshes everyone after so many stressful months and years.’

‘I greatly enjoyed my time here and the space was conducive to helping me meet and connect with both my group members and member of the staff’.


Govan Youth Information Centre came to Corrymeela because they wanted to support their young people to deal with the growing problem of sectarianism in Western Scotland. They took part in a series of conversations exploring sectarianism and they also visited a number of different places in Derry / Londonderry to hear first hand from people from different backgrounds. At the end of their time, one young woman fed back that she ‘now sees both sides‘. John, their Youth Leader remarked: ‘That’s what we came to Corrymeela for, so we are so happy with this result.‘ You can watch John’s film about the group’s visit on our facebook page here.




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This year we also worked alongside 1,208 people in our wider community programmes, helping them live well together despite challenging circumstances.

When Covid 19 restrictions lifted in April 2021 we arranged Sustaining Hope retreats to support community workers, social workers and youth workers who had been leading on community responses to the pandemic and the rise in tension due to the NI Protocol. Groups included North Belfast community workers, Monkstown Boxing Club, St Peter’s Immaculata, the Short Strand and Holy Trinity. One of the group leaders told us ‘Corrymeela stood beside us in the toughest of times as our partners, supporting our team and adding value to our work’

 During the pandemic we have continued to support 40+ families who are seeking refuge and asylum in N.Ireland. Through online zoom sessions we created English conversation hubs, provided support for home schooling and hosted discussions around health and well–being. In doing so, we welcomed newcomers into our communities and supported them as they adapt to life here.


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Our team of chefs at our Ballycastle Centre have also been able to provide 3,185 hot meals to vulnerable local people, in our ongoing partnership with Ballycastle Foodbank

We have discovered what a lifeline this vital work has been to the most vulnerable in our community. One local man told us “I’m really cold these days while I wait for surgery. I can’t heat the house and buy enough food too. The meals are really lovely and I appreciate getting them every Tuesday.”


You can find out more about this brilliant work by watching our film here.



We are so thankful for the continued support of our donors.

To find out more about supporting our work, please visit our Donate page.