Information on Users of the Agápē Centre
It is a great honour for us in the Agápē Centre to have as our partners three diverse agencies that each in their own way makes a significant contribution to the wellbeing of different people in our society:
- The Belfast Health Trust Community Mental Health team
- The South Belfast Youth Football league, (the largest amateur football league in Northern Ireland), which does significant work with young people, far beyond the south of the city.
- Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
Weekly activities run by partner organisations include Slimming World, Pilates, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi, Irish Dancing and Suzuki. The Aware Group meets fortnightly and Make 2nds Count meet monthly.
Community and wider organisations that use the Centre include Alzheimer’s Society NI, Peace Players, Women’s Aid, Family Mediation, Supervised Contact Group, various housing management committees, Tuition Camps, Belfast City Council and Housing Executive.
The church congregation itself has also explored different ways of using this wonderful new centre. Concerts and arts events have been hosted, including a photographic exhibition of pictures of the Lisburn Road which are now displayed in the Centre. In partnership with organisations such as Storehouse and Forward South Partnership, the congregation is seeking to address the social needs in our neighbourhood. As a community Hub events such as consultation by Translink on the extension to the Adelaide Halt and post COVID consultation on the needs of the local residents have taken place. A Community Meal has taken place every Friday night since April 2022 and a warm space provided from September 2022 to March 2023.