This section is to keep everyone informed as to training and funding opportunities that may be relevant to our various member groups.

Possible funding avenue for sports clubs.


This many be of interest to sports clubs  in the town offering them a possible funding avenue.

Cash4Clubs is a sports funding scheme, giving clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, buy new equipment, gain qualifications and invest in the sustainability of their organisation.

The Cash 4 Clubs scheme has given out sports grants to many deserving recipients and is committed to funding even more sports clubs in the future. With awards of £500, £750, £1000 and £10,000 available.

Cash4Clubs has given over £300,000 to community sports clubs since 2008. 

Follow the link below.






2018 Armagh Peace Building Summer School July 8th - 17th 


The second International Summer School will be visiting Armagh in July. Students from Boston will be joined by local students who can avail of council bursaries to participate 

The School will examine

  • Tough Issues in the conflict how they have been resolved or not resolved
  • Parades from Loyal Order , marching band and residents perspectives, accommodations and current position in Armagh
  • Impact of the conflict Armagh City and south Armagh with guided tours
  • Visit to Derry/Londonderry Museum of free Derry, Parades and how they have been managed in the City
  • Life in Northern Ireland from the perspectives of: LBGT , Asylum Seekers, Ethnic communities
  • Tour of Peace Walls in Belfast
  • Participation by people from Ireland and those from Abroad through UMASS Boston giving opportunity for learning and interaction  of local and international perspectives

Those from UMASS can undertake accredited learning as part of  UMASS teaching. Those from Ireland can undertake accredited learning through Open College Network course on Peace Building specifically designed for the school


Further information:

  • Programme
  • OCN Course
  • Application process and possible bursaries

Go to web site http://www.peacebuilding-summerschool-armagh.org/


The Summer School is being led by Diversity Challenges http://www.diversity-challenges.com

and University of Massachusetts Boston  Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance https://www.umb.edu/academics/mgs/crhsgg/grad/conflict_resolution

and a partnership of:

REACT http://www.reactni.org

West Armagh Consortium http://www.westarmaghconsortium.org

Rural Community Network http://www.ruralcommunitynetwork.org

Pick & Mix Personal Development Workshops

Pick & Mix Personal  Development Workshops

Community Development - Making a difference to the lives of people. This is a free programme and anyone interested should check out dates and venues below:
Armagh City Hotel,
Thursday 17th May 2018
6.00pm - 9.00pm
Seagoe Hotel,
Friday 18th May 2018
10.00am - 1.00pm
Belmont Hotel,
Banbridge, Saturday 19th May 2018
2.00pm - 5.00pm
Limited Numbers – Booking is Essential
The workshops are open to all, including those who are looking to find work or earn income, young people (16-25),self-employed, women returners, plus those who are part-time or retired.
Quotes from previous workshop participants:
“The best workshop ever”
“Great thinking outside the box, really enjoyable!”
“Inspiring and motivating”
“Excellent, just what I needed to move forward with my life”
• Build Your Career
• Improve Wellbeing
• Find Work
• Increase Your Confidence
• Meet and Work with People from different backgrounds
• Support Your Family
• Fulfil Your Potential
at Eventbrite.co.uk(Search for ‘Pick and Mix’)
Text 07763 985028 with your Name, Address & Venue.
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 028 4175 4777
Don’t miss the opportunity to attend a
personal development workshop delivered
by Des McCabe author of Work it Out!

This initiative is supported through The Executive Office District Council Good Relations Programme



Fourteen people availed of the recent defibrillator training that took place at Sherry’s Field Sports complex on Saturday 1st April. The training was the third in a series of defibrillator training that followed the provision of defibrillators in community houses. The West Armagh Consortium in conjunction with the Southern Regional College delivered two classes, one in the morning and the second in afternoon. The classes were delivered by Andrea Hamilton who is a trained nurse. Funding for the programme was drawn down via the Growing Communities Programme, a programme delivered by ACBC as part of its Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Board commitment.

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Southern Regional College Courses 2015/16

images/2015/SRCimg_100915.jpgThe Southern Regional College are currently taking enrolments for their 2015/16 classes and courses. There are a wide and varied range of courses available, some of which carry recognised accredited qualifications. The poster does not cover all available courses. Details of everything on offer can be got on the SRC website or via the contact details listed.

It is a useful way to increase your employment prospects or simply take up a course for personal satisfaction. Whatever your reason enrolment couldn’t be easier. To aid enrolment a recruitment session was held in Mullacreevie Community House. Other sessions can be organised for other community houses if it is felt that there is a need for them. Alternatively, simply contact the Southern Regional College

Places available on Oceans

 images/2015/oil-rig2.jpgAnyone interested in working on oil rigs or any similiar off shore employment . The Southern Regional College are running a programme called OCEANS.Basically it is a training programme instructing would be employees on the neccessary health and safety requirements insisted upon by employers in this field. Several local people availed of this programme last year.There are still places left on OCEANS 2015 but they will soon be allocated eleswhere if not taken up from the town. The programme is run under the SRC's Neighbourhood Renewal committments. If interested you need to act fast. Contact can be made either through the West Armagh Consortium or through the Southern Regional College direct.

Enhance your employability skills

Community groups should take note that the Supportimg Training and Employment Programmes (STEPS) is set to begin again. STEPS has been delivered by the Southern Regional College for several years now and has a very good success rate for full and part time employment for those who have completed the courses. STEPS provides taining in a wide range of skills. Skills that have proved to be what employers are seeking.In the current difficult employment climate anything that enhances employment opportunities is to be welcomed.
These classes are delivered by the Southern Regional College who in co operation with the Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Boiard have already been successful in helping a number of local people to find jobs, both with these advertised courses and previous programmes. Anyone wishing to avaid of this training and other course on offer with the SRC shold contact the numbers listed in the poster.Most of these courses can only cater for a limited number so if you are interested, get in touch immediately.
Local community groups also have course application forms and information on the various courses



Video training as part of Consortiums' Social Enterprise Project


Pictured with the Southern Regional College instructor are consortium members Stephen Fields, Deckie McGerrigan and Barry McKee who took part in the video training sessions. The West Armagh Consortium is launching a social enterprise project that it is hoped will provide the local community with a valuable service and generate some employment, albeit part-time at the start. The main trust of this project will the An Post Fánach, which translates as The Occasional Job.

However , the video aspect will see the consortium providing a videoing service for such events as football matches, parties, and other informal events. The consortium through funding drawn down from the NRPB Growing Communities Programme have purchased the camera equipment along with the necessary computer and software. This part of the project will go hand in hand with the handyman scheme.

An Post Fánach is a handyman scheme designed to provide the community with an affordable service to deal with small household jobs. Tasks like grass cutting, hedge clipping path hosing and much more will be covered by An Post Fánach. The idea was first muted two years ago and more recently during the consultation process with pensioners in the community the idea was again mentioned. Many pensioners find it difficult to get someone to take on small one off jobs. An Post Fánach aims to address this. However, any social enterprise has to operate along sound business lines. This service will not be a free service and it will also be open to all the community not just the elderly, though special consideration will be given towards pensioners.


Consortium genealogy course conludes with Dublin visit


Members of the West Armagh Consortium along with other community members who attended the recent genealogy course had an enjoyable trip to Dublin last Saturday. In a conclusion to the course the group began the day with a walking history tour of the 1916 battle sites. Finishing off the Garden Of Remembrance, the tour took in most of the significant sites in and around O’Connell Street, and Moore Street.

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Free CSR Training

CSR safe pass training (3yrs) available free to those in Armagh who live in Neighbourhood Renewal area and who meet the usual criteria. Mon 23rd March 9-5pm. Contact Doreen Lappin, Southern Regional College, for details.

This is a one day training course covering health and safety aspects of working on a construction site.The course can cost around £150 but is free to qualifying participants from the Neighbourhood Renewal area.