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A place to call HOME

BCM housing support service believe that a house is more than a physical structure, we believe that it brings security, wellbeing and a sense of pride and community to our young people. 

In 2013, we were awarded funding of €8,570.00 from the ESB Electric Aid for our HOME Programme.

Through Changing Scenes

As 2014 brings in Belfast Central Mission's 125th Anniversary, Wesley Weir, our archivist has written "Through Changing Scenes" The story of the first 125 years of BCM from 1889-2014.

The book charts the vast and varied history of Belfast Central Mission from its conception in 1889, through conversion, both World Wars, socialism, the Troubles and right up to the present day with the developments being actioned by BCM at this very moment such as Copelands, Dementia & Nursing Care. 

Launch of project for older people in Armagh & Dungannon

Fifty older people across Armagh and Dungannon are set to benefit from BCM's newly formed Housing Support for Older People (HSOP) project across the region.

The project, provided by BCM funded by the Housing Executive, and commissioned by the Southern Heatlh & Social Care Trust, helps older people live independently in their own homes by offering services such as practical measures to increase safety and security, emotional support and help with maintaining tenancies. 

Copelands, Dementia & Nursing Care

BCM held a launch event on Tuesday 4 March in the Long Gallery at Parliament Buildings, Stormont to help promote Copelands, our latest development which will specialise in Dementia & Nursing Care. 

Buy a brick and help us to build Copelands

Buy a brick and help build Copelands, a state-of-the-art, unique model of care for those living with dementia.  For further information on Copelands and what it will offer please click here.

To make a donation click here.  Thank you.

BCM Presents Plans for Copelands, Dementia & Nursing Care

BCM held a successful Community Consultation event last week in Millisle to let local residents give feedback on the plans for Copelands, our exciting proposed Dementia & Nursing Care development.  The room at Millisle Youth Forum was buzzing as the development team explained how the designs for the building will allow residents to live as independently as possible in a safe. enclosed environment.  Residents were joined by local politicians including JIm Shannon MP and North Down MLA Peter Weir.

Food Hampers

Over 1,000 food hampers have been distributed this Christmas to date!  These have gone to older people, families and young homeless people.  A big thank-you to NIE Staff Charity Fund who were sole sponsors of 200 hampers for older people, with the rest of the hampers being funded from a variety of sources such as individuals, local office staff, churches and grant-making trusts.

Many thanks to all those who contributed and a special thanks to our hard working volunteers who sorted and bagged all the food.

Toy parcels next week!

BCM Achieves Investors in People Award

BCM was one of 39 organisations from across Northern Ireland that recently celebrated receiving the 'Investors in People' Award (Iip) at Hillsborough Castle.  The Standard specialises in transforming business performance through helping organisations to realise people potential and improve performance.  The award was presented by Dr Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning.

BCM Speaks at Parliament Buildings Stormont

Joanne McCourt from BCM's Housing Support for Young People service in Dungannon recently had the opportunity to speak at the Northern Ireland Assembly's annual Christmas Dinner and Concert.  Along with BCM colleagues, Joanne was a guest of Mr William Hay MLA, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and spoke eloquently about how BCM works to combat poverty in Northern Ireland.

Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Northern Ireland Assembly Commission and appear courtesy of Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.

Lord Mayor launches Giving Tree in M&S

Belfast’s Lord Mayor was in Marks& Spencer Belfast this week to launch the fourteenth year of the Giving Tree, a long-running cross-community event run jointly by BCM and the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP).