Habitat volunteers from St Dominic’s Grammar School for Girls and Carrickfergus Grammar School are helping to refurbish St Michael’s parish hall in Craven Street.
Work is closely supervised by trained professionals and includes cleaning, sanding, painting and basic construction.
Jenny Williams, Chief Executive of Habitat NI, said: “Since our founding in 1994, breaking down barriers between divided communities has been at the heart of our work. Thousands of volunteers have worked on Habitat community-building projects, in Northern Ireland and around the world. In our experience, when volunteers from different backgrounds engage in practical projects, like this one, meaningful relationships are developed based on understanding.”
“We are very excited about this partnership with St Michael’s Parish. When the leadership of the church committed to invest in improving their hall they focused not only on the building but on what could be achieved through the project. It is about much more than four walls and a roof; it is bringing people together to help build a strong, inclusive community,” Mrs Williams continued.
The Rev Canon James Carson, Minister-in-Charge of St Michael’s said: “Our church’s vision is to serve the local community. Our hope is that this project will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of people of all ages; actively demonstrating God’s love by bringing people together to build relationships and trust, and restore hope.”