Salvation Army opens another new facility in Belfast

Salvation Army ministry assistant Kim McKerrow, lieutenant Cameron Millar, and team leader...
Salvation Army ministry assistant Kim McKerrow, lieutenant Cameron Millar, and team leader Pauline Broadhurst are ready to open the community centre today. Photo: Geoff Sloan ​
The Salvation Army will open its new community centre in Belfast this week - the second facility the organisation has opened in the area recently.

The organisation's new community centre on Main North Rd was due to open today. 

It comes after about 50 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open its new family store on the same road last month.

The opening of new community centre was delayed by the Covid-19 lockdown.

Lieutenant Cameron Millar says he is leading an “amazing” team of staff and volunteers at the new facilities.

“[The centre] will house a food bank, budgeting services, casework, and social work to support and journey alongside those most vulnerable within our community,” Millar said.

The store would support the organisation’s other services, he said.

“The money raised from this store [will be] reinvested back into the lives of the most vulnerable within this community through our community support, advocacy, and programs.”

If members of the community wanted to donate clothing items or other goods they could drop them off themselves, or the Salvation Army could arrange to pick them up free of charge.

It was exciting to be opening the doors on the new facilities, he said.

He hoped the new store and community centre would be a blessing to the Christchurch north community.

“We began the conversation about this current site just under a year ago, but we have been investigating opportunities to better serve this community for a number of years.

“We see ourselves serving this community for the long hall.”

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