Community Services

Community Development

The Community Development Team supports community and voluntary groups within the Council area to build capacity and skills in community development practice enabling community groups to address local need.

Community Development Officers can, on request, provide groups with one to one support to identify need and develop action plans in relation to good governance, improved sustainability, skills development and increased civic engagement.  To support these aims a number of events and programmes are delivered including the Mayor’s Volunteer Awards to recognise the vital contribution that volunteers make across the Council area and Funding Fairs bringing a range of funders together to support community and voluntary groups with support and advice.

One of our key aims is to build capacity and skills in community development practice. To support this aim we have devised a training programme which includes Community Capacity Building, Mediation, First Aid, Child Protection and Food Hygiene. We can also provide more informal training on request including Good Governance and Successful Funding & Fundraising.

We strongly encourage groups to register on the Community Services website to avail of support and information provided by our Community Services Team.  Registration is free and easy just click here.

Damien Corr 
Community Development & Resources Manager (Temporary)
T: 028 9244 7702

Rhonda O’Neill
Community Support Officer
T: 028 9244 7705

Gina Biggerstaff
Community Development Officer
T: 028 9044 9330

Victoria Jackson
Community Development Officer
T: 028 9244 7851


Good Relations

The Good Relations Team, funded by the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister, works under the remit of delivering the ‘Together Building a United Community’ Strategy. This strategy is themed under 4 headings, Our Children and young peopleOur Shared Community, Our Safe Community, Our Cultural Expression upon which our Good Relations Action Plan is based.  As well as programme delivery with schools, community groups and anyone who wishes to become involved, the Good Relations Team can deliver support in the development of groups regarding Good Relations issues, the management of events, advice and guidance.

Lynsey Gray
Good Relations Officer
T: 028 9244 7818


Community Facilities and Resources

LCCC Community Facilities & Resource Services provide four directly managed Community Centres Moneyreagh, Enler, Ballyoran and the Bridge. They all act as hubs in their local areas providing a range of support, information and advice to Community and Voluntary Groups.  The Centres in Moneyreagh, Enler and Ballyoran offer facilities for a wide range of activities from Birthday Parties, Gymnastics Club, Youth Clubs, Pensioners’ Tea Dance, Cinema Club, 3 G Outdoor Football Pitch, Exercise and Fitness Classes and Support Groups. The Bridge Community Centre provides excellent meeting and conference rooms with equipment available to hire.

We also provide funding support for four community managed satellite community centres.

The Community Support Grant programme supports groups with costs associated with running their organisation to deliver Community Development outcomes.   The Programme has been designed within the context of the Council’s new Community Development framework, which provides a platform to grow and develop the capacity of localised organisation using an evidence based approach.

Community Resource Centre has a range of equipment available for groups to hire from a projector to crockery and cutlery. This service assists groups in fulfilling the community, recreational or educational needs of members of the local community.

Community Transport provides five minibuses available for use by community and voluntary groups based within the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area. The vehicles are available to assist groups in fulfilling the community, recreational or educational needs of their members.  Groups must provide their own driver.

The Lisburn & Castlereagh Advice Service continues to provide advice and support through Lisburn & Castlereagh Citizens Advice for local people on a range of issues, including benefits and money advice.

Alison Prentice
Community Facilities & Resources Officer
T: 028 9244 7701

Jacqui Hale
Community Centre Co-ordinator  (Bridge Community Centre)
T: 028 9244 7886

Neil Reid 
Community Centre Co-ordinator (Enler, Ballyoran & Moneyreagh Community Centres)
T: 028 9048 2083