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Action Group News - November Edition

The Winter Coat Project is now in full swing with three locations completed and five more taking place this week.

The spirit of generosity is incredible with thousands of coats, hats, scarves and gloves being donated across Northern Ireland. Local communities have got behind their Winter Coat Project with people offering their time to help, churches providing their facilities as well as businesses giving their support.

If you or someone you know would benefit from a coat, please encourage them to pop in to one of the Winter Coat Projects. Each venue is truly a place of warm welcome, care and compassion, and many pop-up shops also offer a cuppa and chat.

If your church, school or group is interested in partnering with us and running your own Winter Coat Project in late November/early December, contact us at or 02890351020. To access our resource pack with all the details on this year's project, please click the link below!

Christmas is coming and there’s an incredible story to be told! we first launched the Follow the Star Nativity Trail in 2022 with five churches in Lower North Belfast joining together to tell the Christmas story. Churches of different denominations along York Road and Shore Road displayed pictures telling the different parts of the nativity. Very simply, a nativity trail tells the Christmas story in different sections using pictures and text from the bible. Churches, community centres, businesses and schools can get involved in this festive community initiative. Each venue will be allocated a different part of the story (stars, angels, donkeys, sheep, presents and stable). Pictures are decorated and then displayed, along with the Christmas story text and QR code, for passers-by to see.

We are delighted to announce that ROCNI were recently awarded funding from the Public Health Agency through the Clear Project to deliver three Project Can Do! programmes in the Northern Trust area. These programmes will focus on mental health and wellbeing by exploring in depth the 'Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing' and showcasing local support services at a community health and wellbeing fair. Project Can Do! will take place initially in Larne, then will move to Rathcoole and Mossley areas of Newtownabbey in the New Year. The Larne Project Can Do! programme kicks off next Tuesday morning at Linn Road Community Centre. Project Can Do is open to all, it's a good opportunity to meet other people and explore simple steps to help maintain and improve your wellbeing.

Lower North Belfast Directory

We were recently awarded funding from the Belfast City Council Community Activity Micro Grant towards community connect events and a community directory - something the ROC Lower North Belfast Action Group has been talking about for quite some time! The directory will be available on our website very soon and the physical copy will be launched at the upcoming Lower North Belfast Celebrate Community Event on 28th November at the McDonald Centre at Seaview Stadium.

The last Thursday of each month is 'Coffee & Connect' at the ROCNI Office. It's time set aside specifically for Action Group members, leaders, friends and supporters of ROC to join the team for a cuppa and chat as well as meet others connected to ROCNI. Our next date is the 30th November and we'd love to see you!

Thank you to the pupils, staff and parents at Currie Primary School for raising a fantastic £175 for ROC Northern Ireland. The pupils and staff dressed up as Superheroes for the day, whilst parents and friends enjoyed a coffee morning. We are grateful for this support and for our ongoing partnership with the North Belfast school. It was an honour for Keeva to attend their Harvest Service last week and accept this generous gift towards ROC's work in Northern Ireland.

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