On the 30th of November the Ulster Scotts Agency in partnership with Hosford (the homelessness service of East Belfast Mission) held the very first St Andrews Night at Skainos on the Newtownards Road. This free community event showcased the local talent of EBM Community Choir, local Piper Cameron Beggs, Bright Lights Dance Group, music from Stone Wall, and a drama performance from local performer Jim McLean who was a very convincing St Andrew.
The organisers’ were delighted with the event and are now planning the next one!
On the 20th January 2017 Hosford, the Ulster Scotts Agency, and Turas will hold a Burns Night at 7pm in the Skainos Centre. This free event is open to all the community.
Arlene Megaw, Lifeskills Coordinator from Hosford, said: ‘The project was about breaking down the barriers between people who are homeless and the rest of our community and learning about and understanding the Ulster Scotts tradition. It was a wonderful evening and I am very grateful to the Ulster Scotts Agency and all the performers on the night’.
Aidan Byrne, Manager of Hosford (the homelessness service of East Belfast Mission) said: ‘This event has been a real success and we are very grateful to the Ulster Scotts Agency for making it possible. The evening was a great opportunity for the local community to get together and learn about the Ulster Scotts tradition. From our perspective at Hosford the event was fantastic as it involved our clients participating in an occasion with the rest of the community which helps to break down barriers between people who have experienced homelessness and the rest of society’.
For more information please contact;
Arlene Megaw, Life Skills Coordinator, 079 3895 5635
Or Aidan Byrne, Hosford Manager – 077 7500 1329