Thanks to our supporters, we have been able to help thousands of people since the Covid crisis hit us all in March 2020.
We’ve been able to support over 1600 people from different backgrounds to discover new ways to live well together, through our programmes which we’ve been delivering online and safely in–person as restrictions allow.
One of the groups we have supported was The Big Momas, a group of mums from a disadvantaged community in Belfast, which has been significantly affected by Covid. You may remember them featured in this film last year.
“The visit to our Centre in June helped the group to reflect together on the difficult experiences of the last year and enabled them to explore how they can move forward together” said Shona Bell, who hosted the group when they visited.
Our team of chefs at our Ballycastle Centre have also been able to provide over 3,000 hot meals to vulnerable local people, in a new partnership we’ve developed with Ballycastle Foodbank.
One local man, Sean, told us “I hadn’t had anything to eat for 48 hours and the meal you brought that day was a life line”. Christine, who also receives our weekly meals, told us “Tuesday is the best day of the week because I know you will call with a delicious meal. I look forward to it so much”. You can find out more about this brilliant work by watching our film here.
More recently, as the restrictions eased we have started to welcome groups back to the centre. One such group was the Govan Youth Information Centre, who 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.
We are so thankful for the continued support of our donors.