NICVA Thanks Faith Survey Respondents
As part of the Faith Based Strand of the Regional Infrastructure Programme (RISP), NICVA completed a piece of research which aimed to explore the community work undertaken by the faith sector in Northern Ireland and the training and support needs of these organisations.
The research used an online survey to gather data from organisations. In total, 498 organisations responded to the survey and the findings can be accessed here. NICVA randomly selected three of the survey respondents and awarded them an Amazon Tablet as a thank you gesture for completing the survey. The three respondents selected were the Salvation Army Bangor, First Ballymena Presbyterian Church and Lisburn City Church. You can find out more about the organisations that received the tablets below.
The Salvation Army, Bangor- Alongside their regular worship activities, the Salvation Army Bangor organises a number of activities that serve the wider community including rainbows and brownies, zumba classes, mother and toddler groups, visiting services and introductory lessons for those wishing to play brass instruments. Find out more about the organisation here.
Úna McKernan (NICVA's Deputy Chief Executive) and Rachel Shannon (NICVA's Research Officer) present Scott Cunliffe, Commanding Officer at the Salvation Army Bangor, with the organisation's prize.
First Ballymena Presbyterian Church- Alongside their regular worship activities, First Ballymena Presbyterian Church organises a range of activities for the wider community including a bowling club, badminton club, youth club, Boy's Brigade, Girl's Brigade and a mother and toddlers group. You can find out more about the organisation here.
Representatives from First Ballymena Presbyterian Church join the Reverend William Sinclair in accepting the organisation's prize.
Lisburn City Church- Lisburn City Church is part of the LCC Community Trust which helps facilitate a number of community based projects and events including Lisburn Foodbank, Inspirations Coffee Shop, Inspirations Gym, Lisnagarvey Boxing Club, CAP Money Budgeting Course, CAP Release Addiction Course, Catch 22 Young Offenders Rehabilitation and the Ideas Toolbox. You can find out more about the organisation here.
Brian Agnew, Senior Leader at Lisburn City Church, accepts the organisation's prize from Rachel Shannon, NICVA's Research Officer
NICVA would like to thank all those organisations that took the time to complete the NI Faith Survey; we really do appreciate your support.
NICVA hope to use the survey findings to inform another free training calendar for faith based organisations this year. Some of the topics covered in the calander will include fundraising, governance and community development. You can check this page for training calendar developments.