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Description: Working with local community groups, schools, TIDY Northern Ireland and Groundwork NI, the event will be educational as well as interactive. The day will include a river clean-up and will also launch of a number of new projects and innitiatives for the Northern Belfast community.
Date: Saturday 26th May 2012
Time: 10.15am - 5pm
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Group Size: 45 volunteers maximum
Travel Details: Participants must make their own way to Belfast city centre on the day.
Costs: Travel to/from Belfast will be reimbursed (up to £60 max).
9.45am - Volunteers meet at Belfast City Hall
10.00am - Organised tour of Belfast City Hall
11.00am - Lifts from City Hall to Alexander Park via minibus
11.30am - Game Of Three Halves
12.00pm - Fishing classes / lessons on the upper lake
12.00pm - Launch of interpretative panels with local Primary Schools and US Consul Sandra Keiser
12.00pm - Nature trail around the park
12.30pm - Community clean up event
1.00pm - Fruit bush planting at some agreed locations in the park
2.00pm - Launch event of the youth artwork murals
2.30pm - Walk to Camberwell Fold (5 mins away)
2.50pm - History video / discussion at Camberwell Fold with young and old people.
3.15 pm - Launch of history book developed between representatives of three local parks (Alexandra, Grove and the Waterworks). This will provide a link and connection between the history video and an adult education project that a group and some of those that live in the Fold have been working on for this past year or so. It will also hopefully be an opportunity for young and older people to come together.
3.45pm - Lift back into Belfast City Center/US Consul’s residence via minibuses
5.00pm - Informal reception at US Consul’s residence
6.00pm - Lifts back into Belfast City Center. Attendees make their own way home
Volunteers should incur little to no costs. Travel to/from Belfast will be reimbursed up to £60 max.
Volunteers must be a current participant on a Fulbright programme, an Alumni of a Fulbright or US Dept of State Programme or a Fulbright Finalist. Spaces are limited and will be available on a first come first serve basis. In order to secure a volunteer spot you must email Monique, UK Programme Coordinator, no later than 15 May.
Monique will confirm whether you will be attending or have been placed on the waiting list. If you have secured a spot you must book travel ASAP. The deadline to withdraw/give up your spot is May 20. Unfortunately the Commission will not be able to reimburse travel for anyone who chooses to withdraw.
Groundwork NI deliver programmes and services through partnership and influence policy through practice. They engage and motivate people to improve their quality of life by investing in people and place through supporting community-led regeneration.
Their approach and model brings about concurrent social, economic and environmental benefits, providing the synergy to address fundamental societal issues – the sense of powerlessness to change the environment and tackle key issues both in terms of the physical landscape but more importantly, the needs of local people.
TIDY Northern Ireland is the organisation which runs the Keep Northern Ireland Tidy Campaign , and manages a number of local environmental quality programmes such as Blue Flag , Borough Cleanliness Survey , TIDY Communities , TIDY Business and Eco-Schools.
They produce information on the cleanliness of their province that is used to direct resources to tackle the most prominent environmental quality issues. TIDY NI is best known for its campaigns and public information on litter including car litter, gum deposition, drugs related litter, fast food litter and youth litter. However, they have also campaigned on a number of other anti-social behaviour issues such as fly-tipping, dog fouling and neighbourhood noise.
Stay overnight and sample what Belfast has to offer, from 'The Civilisation Game' at the spectacular riverside Lyric Theatre, to 'Straight to DVD' at the MAC, sampling culinary delights from Belfast's Michelin starred chefs, or wine and cheese on a river cruise down the Lagan. Find details at http://www.gotobelfast.com/