Welcome to the West Armagh Consortium's website. We hope that you will find this both interesting and informative. We would like to take this opportunity to give the reader some background to us.
The West Armagh Consortium (WAC) was constituted in November 2002 as a voluntary amalgamation of local community groups from Armagh City West. As a non-sectarian and politically unaffiliated umbrella organisation, the Consortium welcomes affiliations from all new and existing community and voluntary groups in our catchment area. The groups currently affiliated represent districts within the three electoral wards of Abbey Park, Callanbridge and Downs.
Halloween entertainment for all the family. Everyone welcome. Admission is FREE
A few snaps of the night
Read more ...
Community representatives should note that this party is for senior citizens in areas related to all groups. It replaces the grant that WAC used to give to groups to assist in their respective Intergenerational Christmas Programmes. Transport will be laid on and is free. For in the smooth running of the evening could groups collect names/numbers of senior citizens in their area who are looking to attend. This will facilitate transport requirements and timetabling.
COMPASSION. KINDNESS. RESPECT
Charity Registration Number: NIC102127, Accepted as a charity for tax purposes by Inland Revenue, reference XT35784. Registered as a Company Ltd by Guarantee in NI, registration Number: NI609642.
Southern Regional College
Windmill Hill Armagh
7th November -12th December 2018
YouthAction NI are currently recruiting 14 young people from across Armagh/Newry aged 15-17yrs for the autumn NI NCS Project https://www.ncsyes.co.uk/what-is-ncs
The young people will begin with an adventure residential at Greenhill YMCA, Donard Park, Newcastle, Co. Down BT33 0GR from 26th October to 29th October; plan & deliver a locally based project in November & finish up with a graduation party in Belfast on 11th December!
Team Leader – Work with Young Men
Armagh Regional Office
St. Patrick’s Trian
38a English Street
Tel: (028) 3751 1624
Fax: (028) 3752 2460
Anyone interested in the series of workshops detailed below should follow the contact links. The workshops will provide an opportunity to discuss a wide range of historical events and is complemented with a number of study visits. Places are limited so you should book asap. Such courses are of great benefit to anyone interested in history or involved in any type of conflict resolution programme.
Rebels, Radicals, Royalists and Loyalists Programme
Venue: REACT, 2 Mallview Terrace, Armagh. BT61 9AN
This course consists of 6 workshops (7 – 9.30pm) and 2 study visits. Participants will examine the following events and their impact on the Island of Ireland. Monday 22nd October - Catholic Emancipation and Home Rule Monday 29th October - Crises and Volunteers (Redmond and Carson) Monday 5th November - Blood Sacrifice: Easter Rising and WW1 - The Somme Monday 12th November - War of Independence and Partition Monday 19th November - Irish Civil War and Civil Strife in Northern Ireland Monday 26th November- "The Troubles" and Course Evaluation
Saturday 1st December – Study Visit 1 - This is a 1 day visit to Stormont, St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast and The Somme Heritage Museum.
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November – Study Visit 2 - Dublin - This is an overnight residential which includes visits to Glasnevin Cemetery, Arbour Hill Cemetery, the Memorial Gardens at Island Bridge, the National Museum at Collins Barracks and the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square.
There is a fee of £30 for the course payable on the first night.
Please note spaces are limited on this programme and a waiting list will operate should the programme become oversubscribed. There are three eligibility criteria that all participants must meet: 1. They must be actively involved in their community so that they can share the learning. 2. They must be able to attend all workshops and the study visits (except for illness which is unforeseeable).
We all know that a persons health and well being has a number of factors; diet, positive mental attitude and physical fitness are but some of the ingredients that go into attaining a healthy lifestyle. The consortium will be delivering a physical exercise programme starting on Monday October 29th and running up until Christmas week. The classes that will take place at a local gym (Performance Centre on the Nursery Road) will be tailored to an individuals physical abilities and will consist of three one-hour gym classes held on Mon-Wed and Fri evening. All the details are contained in the leaflet printed below. The charge of £25 is, as the leaflets points out fully refundable based on attendance of the course. Previous fitness classes have enjoyed a varying level of support which has resulted in people having been turned away at the start of the course only for it to emerge that places signed up for were not filled. The easiest way for anyone interested in signing up for this free series of gym sessions, is to use the usual contact details for the consortium. Alternatively, you can sign up via your local community representative.
Two local charities were presented with an equal share of the money raised at the sponsored run/walk held on August 10th as part of the West Armagh Community Festival. The event raised £4,220.Lisanally Special Needs School and Armagh Breast Cancer Support Group each received £2,110 at the night organised by the Lord Mayors Office at which the Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr, Paul Duffy made the presentations and congratulated the festival committee on delivering such a successful event.
There was a special presentation to Jack Rolston who attends Lisanally School. Together with his family ,Jack raised well is excess of £600 and in recognition of this fantastic achievement the festival committee presented Jack with a Harry Potter rucksack and wand. Needless to say there was a plethora of spells cast for the rest of the evening by the young wizard himself.
The event was attended by community volunteers, local politicians and representatives of the two charities.The committees sponsored run organiser Mr. John Fields thanked everyone for all their efforts in the organising and participation in the run. He also thanked the local council who allowed the run to take place in the Palace Grounds. He added that it was particularly heartening to see the money raised being put to such good use.
Following an attempted online scam received by the WAC this morning we would urge people to be vigilant as in a previous instance the scammers targeted people in the locale. It is not clear whether or not the scammers operate on a geographical grid, going through area codes but previously there was a number of individuals targeted within a local area. The scam is similar to the previous one except they are purporting to come from Microsoft this time and not BT. However the result will be the same. You will informed that scammers are:
*Slowing down your computer/laptop.
*If not already on,turn on your machine.
*You cannot see what is going on in the background because they are hiding their activity.
*To see what they are doing, press the windows key and R and it opens up a box bottom left hand corner.
*Then you'll be instructed to insert a lettered code. This allows them to install a programme onto your computer and once that's activated, you have lost control of your computer. You screen will go blank at least at your end but allowing them to access your files. From there on in it will be a matter of them stalling you with false information and bogus commands with the sole aim of gaining access to your banking details.
If you received such a call do not comply with it. Simply hang up. Genuine service providers do not contact their customers in this manner. Even if you are suspicious do not try to confirm with a number or email address that the caller may give. Go to the service providers verified online site and follow their respective contact procedures and details.
The Deputy Lord Mayor of Armagh City Banbridge Craigavon Council, Cllr Paul Duffy, has invited members of the West Armagh Community Festival Committee to a reception in the Lord Mayor's Parlour on 26th September. Representatives of the local charities due to receive a share of the monies raised through the sponsored run/walk held as part of the West Armagh Community Festival in August, have also been invited.
Lisanally Special School and the Armagh Breast Cancer Awareness Group will benefit from the funds raised through the run/walk which was very well supported. Several hundred runners and walkers took part in the event that was held in the Palace grounds on August 10th
Committee members wishing to attend need to confirm their attendance.
Any community based groups interested in attending this can follow the details on the poster or go through the consortium office.
Anyone interested in an ocean going career might be able to avail of training being offered through the local Southern Regional College
(STCW 95) Standards of Training, Certification & Watch keeping.
Do you live in Neighbourhood Renewal Area? If yes, SRC are providing basic training for individuals looking to work on ferries, commercial vessels and superyachts. The training covers:
• Essential Skills Training
• STCW Personal Survival Techniques
• STCW Fire Fighting
• STCW Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities
• STCW Elementary First Aid
To find out more or to register Contact:
T: 028 3839 7868
M: 077 1198 1732
Please click onto the link below to view photo montage. Hope you enjoy. We are indebted to Brian Corvan for compiling the short video. Some people have experienced difficulty with the first links. If that's the case click on the last link will take you to our FB page and the video.
WAC Festival 2018 montage
Could you help someone with dementia to keep doing the things they love?
Side by Side volunteers support people living with dementia in the local community. This involves companionship for a person in the early stages of dementia helping them to take part in social and recreational activities, providing one-to-one support to enable people with dementia to continue with their hobbies and interests or engage in new ones.
This would be for a few hours every week or fortnight in the Armagh, Banbridge or Craigavon areas.
We are currently seeking people with these interests:
- Golf - Gardening - Cycling - Baking
- Cricket - Farming - Knitting - Walking
Want to find out more?
"The West Armagh Community Festival has been in operation for over 20 years and in that time has been officially opened by Mayors and Lord Mayors from ALL parties within Armagh City and District Council (ACDC). The events that appear to be causing upset to members of the unionist parties have been part and parcel of the Festival since its early days, so why are unionist politicians up in arms now, considering that they participated in its official opening over the years and witnessed some of the events in question.
"Indeed, we have the current Lord Mayor officiating at our sponsored run/walk tomorrow night in the Palace Grounds. The monies raised at this will benefit two local charities, Lisanally Special School and Armagh Breast Cancer Support Group.
"The Festival was deliberately timed to coincide with what used to be a very volatile time of year, particularly within the nationalist community. The Festival organisers used the Festival to redivert energies. By and large this has been a great success insofar that here in Armagh the anniversary of Internment now passes off without any unrest and anti-social behaviour as had been the norm.
"The events in the Festival are named after people who are significant to the community in Armagh, who died either as part of the conflict or had respected standing within the community. There are over 10 events named after local people, not all who died violently.
"We are currently involved in a very busy Festival with a full schedule of multi-cultural events and cross community activities geared to everyone in the community. We hope this statement will suffice. If there are any further queries we will gladly respond to them after the Festival is completed."
Page 1 of 2
Registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC100377