Belfast’s Lord Mayor Councillor Nichola Mallon was in Marks & Spencer Belfast to launch the 15th year of the ‘Giving Tree’, a cross-community initiative run by Belfast Central Mission (BCM) and the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP). The ‘Giving Tree’ gives members of the public an opportunity to donate a toy or gift for local children with the gifts being divided equally between SVP and BCM before being distributed to families in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Shoppers choose a tag from the ‘Giving Tree’ to whom they would like to donate a gift – for example, a boy or
Last year BCM distributed over 3.070 toy parcels and 1,650 food parcels to local families and older people in need.
With redundancies continuing across the country and an increasing number of families facing a difficult festive period, BCM is hopeful that once again the general public will dig deep to donate food and toy items to help those in need.
As part of BCM's 125th Anniversary celebrations the Linen Hall Library, Belfast is hosting an exhibition of BCM’s archive photographs, documents and artefacts. On display are some of BCM’s early twentieth century Hogg images of life in the Belfast slums together with a variety of items representing BCM’s involvement in the life of the city.
Staff, volunteers and congregation came together recently to share and mark their achievements during the past year at the 4th BCM Annual Conference. The theme of this year’s conference ‘From Small Acorns Mighty Oak Trees Grow’ recognises the long way BCM has come in the past 125 years. The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nichola Mallon opened the day by paying tribute to the dedication and commitment of BCM's staff and volunteers, before guests took part in workshops which reflected the theme of growth, development and training.
BCM staff and congregation have taken part in a light-hearted music video as part of our continuing 125th anniversary celebrations!
This goes along with the other ways BCM is marking this important anniversary such as the publication of Through Changing Scenes, our archive exhibition at the Linen Hall Library and other activities yet to come!