Westcourt Centre Social Justice Desk

The Westcourt Centre in Belfast helps reduce disadvantage through education.

The Westcourt Centre, Belfast is committed to working towards social justice by giving voice and support to vulnerable people.


Homelessness in Belfast captured in photos

BBC News feature on our recent activities to raise awareness and give voice to the issue of homelessness #stillsomebody #HAW18 #EREBB https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-46480427

bbc.com A mural on Lower North Street depicts themes of homelessness as charities aim to raise awareness.

Belfast Live

Many thanks to Belfast Live for their feature on our homelessness mural project #stillsomebody #HAW18

Fair play to everyone involved in this, a brilliant idea.

Chris from Rosemount House Limited, Danielle from Belfast Met and Les Allamby Chief Commissioner from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission officially launch the #STILLSOMEBODY mural in Lower North Street today. Article 25 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to adequate housing. Thanks to all those who attended and to Belfast Live for covering the event and helping give a voice to homelessness #HAW18 #CandoBelfast

Some pictures of the completed homelessness awareness mural in Lower North Street developed by Westcourt and Leonard Cheshire Can Do Project in collaboration with residents of Rose Mount House, young people from Belfast Met and Blaze FX. #stillsomebody #HAW18

Westcourt Centre Social Justice Desk

Great work by St. Mary's. Well done to all pupils and staff involved. #stillsomebody #HAW18


Congratulations to all of the boys in the Social Justice Advocacy Group and class 11A who all worked hard today to make Christmas dinner for our guests a wonderful and warm occasion.

Guests from Rosemount Hostel and Cloverhill joined us to share Christmas dinner.

The guests were presented with their shoebox gifts and took extra gifts back to the hostels for any resident who was unable to make the dinner.

Many thanks to our guests for joining us today.


Homeless women in NI dying 40 years early, Human Rights Commission warns

A news article featuring our panel discussion yesterday #stillsomebody #HAW18 https://m.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/homeless-women-in-ni-dying-40-years-early-human-rights-commission-warns-37602187.html

belfasttelegraph.co.uk Women who become homeless in Northern Ireland are dying 40 years early, the Human Rights Commission warned.

Thanks to all involved for a very lively panel discussion at ArtceteraStudio today for #HAW18. Powerful testimonies from people currently homeless as a stark reminder that it can happen to anyone. A special mention to all the guest speakers Council for the Homeless NI - CHNI, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Rose Mount House, Housing Rights and Gerry Carroll and also those who travelled from Liverpool, Stoke and Manchester to take part. Thought provoking images from Westcourt Camera Club on display. #stillsomebody #EREBB

All welcome to attend. Please like and share.

Westcourt Centre Social Justice Desk

New photographic exhibition by Westcourt Camera Club opens on Monday. Part of Homelessness Awareness Week 2018. Everyone welcome. Please like and share. @still__somebody #stillsomebodybelfast #HAW18

This is a heartbreaking portrayal of a young family facing homelessness. I would encourage everyone to watch it. A powerful social commentary and damning indictment of contemporary Ireland.


At least 320,000 homeless people in Britain, says Shelter

theguardian.com Charity says figure for England, Scotland and Wales is likely to be underestimate

Including Rachel and Don in Cork, Ann and Tom in England and Cormac in Belfast, we now have 5 people able to deliver the Living Works Suicide First Aid training workshops across the Edmund Rice network of schools, projects and communities Edmund Rice Cork Life Centre #suicidesafercommunities

St. Mary's CBGS Belfast


Homelessness Action Week runs from 30th November until 7th December.

Students from the Social Justice Advocacy Group will participate in a number of activities throughout this week

As part of these activities, we would like to prepare a shoebox gift to give to each of the homeless individuals we will be working with throughout the week.

Last year this was a huge success and surplus shoebox gifts were given to St Patrick’s Soup Kitchen on Donegall Street for distribution on Christmas morning.

For this, we ask our school community to help us with a few things and help with donations of one of the items below:

1. A shoebox
2. Roll on deodorant
3. Warm gloves
4. A warm hat
5. Warm socks
6. A warm scarf
7. A tooth brush
8 Toothpaste
9. Bar of chocolate
10. Packet of biscuits

If you can purchase one of those items and leave it into the school office it would be much appreciated. Our Social Justice Group will compile the boxes and wrap them nicely for presentation to those in need at the hot lunch on the 1st December.

Our students will be in the Kennedy Centre next Thursday 29th November outside Sainsburys where contributions can be purchased and dropped off at our tables.

Many thanks in advance for your contribution to helping the homeless in our society.


OHCHR | UN poverty expert says UK policies inflict unnecessary misery

The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights reports that homelessness has increased by 60% since 2010, food banks are 'rapidly multiplying' and that the Universal Credit system is creating a barrier between people and their legal entitlements.


ohchr.org LONDON (16 November, 2018) – The UK Government’s policies and drastic cuts to social support are entrenching high levels of poverty and inflicting unnecessary misery in one of the richest countries in the world, a UN human rights expert said today.

Council for the Homeless NI - CHNI

Inside Housing - More than 100,000 young people 'at risk of homelessness in UK'


Revealed: How universal credit is fuelling Britain’s homelessness crisis

theguardian.com Observer investigation finds system in chaos, putting chancellor under pressure to change tack

Explosion Soundsystem

Our friend, Robert, has been missing since Wednesday. If anyone has any info please call 101 or 999. Please share...

Cork Life Centre

Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty or #EndPovertyDay & thanks to the support of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection & the October 17 Committee we were able to commemorate it in style at the Cork Life Centre. Huge credit and congratulations to the student team who created a beautiful wall mural & a thought-provoking short film about the SDGs and how they could make poverty history. We will be sharing this once the very final edits are done! Thank you to our guest speakers and visitors from SVP Ireland and the HOPE Foundation for sharing the day with us! Please like and share...

Nine is Mine

The Drum Out Poverty Day is an initiative to mobilize children to spread
awareness on social issues and #advocate for justice and fulfillment of
the #Sustainable Development Goal within the local context.

#Drums have been our symbolic medium to highlight on the issues.

On this International Day for the Eradication of #Poverty, PRATYeK/NINEISMINE launches the Sustainable Development Goal Anthem , "Leave No One Behind". The platform reflects the
Universality of the Rights and invite schools and universities to join hands to combat the challenges of Poverty globally.
Please Listen, Like and Share

#AllRightsForAllChildren #Children4Democracy #EndPovertyDay
Edmund Rice England Lynne Moten Edmund Rice Development Steve Rocha Sarah Fernandes Denzil Basil Siddhi Gheewala Aditi Salkar Rekha Desai Farah Batool Lee Macqueen Paul Yogita Gola Pradeep Baisakh Aneesh Joseph

17th of October is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. It is important to highlight the large numbers of people living in poverty throughout the world.

10th October is World Homeless Day. To mark the date, the Westcourt Centre and the Leonard Cheshire Can Do Project are pleased to announce a new street art initiative for Belfast City Centre. Pictured at the site are Cormac McArt and Michael McAllister. The artwork will be part of Homelessness Awareness Week 2018.

We are happy to welcome The Mens Shared Skills Group to Westcourt. Their aim is to promote positive health & well-being and encourage social inclusion through weekly practical activities for men aged over 50. Today the group began a creative arts project using copper plate.

A powerful and emotive presentation last night from Westcourt Camera Club member John Mallon who shared his personal experiences of depression and how photography has helped him build coping skills and raise awareness of Mental Health issues.

SFA - Suicide First Aid workshop today at Westcourt delivered by the National Centre for Suicide Prevention Training UK CIC. Thanks to Ascert for organising and the opportunity to take part.

A warm welcome to members of the Finglas Photo Group from Dublin. They have travelled to Belfast today to link up with Westcourt Camera Club :)

Congratulations to Westcourt Camera Club member Fionntan O'Meallain (pictured left) who was awarded 'Top Colour Print' at the Northern Ireland Photographic Association 2018 Exhibition.
This marks a memorable first season for the camera club, with members receiving a number of individual honours and the group engaging in social justice projects with the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers Network in Ireland and England.

Cork Life Centre

We spent a really special day with our students and their families sharing #leavingcertresults on Wednesday. Once again a huge congratulations to our 12 students not just on your results but on all you have achieved along the way. Sending get well soon wishes to our student Megan who received her results on coming out of surgery at the CUH. Beautiful article below by Donal O' Keeffe in which our students outline that education is about so much more than exams. Want to take this opportunity also to congratulate 2 students-Cormac who won a bursary to the prestigious Irish film school which is happening this week in Kilkenny and therefore received his results via video call! Big congratulations also to Amy who is heading into her second year of university having won UCC's 1916 bursary.


Project Zambia

Wishing 'Project Zambia 2018' team the very best of luck and safe travels. 😊🇿🇲

Today Westcourt and the Edmund Rice England Office delivered a workshop on Human Rights, Advocacy and Homelessness to 180 Year 8 pupils at St Ambrose College in Manchester #EREBB #ERI

Presenting to new Edmund Rice school staff today about advocacy with Tom Murray and Steve Rocha #EREBB #ERI

Kevin Burke from the Edmund Rice Schools Trust presents Cormac McArt with the 'Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders Leadership Certificate' which he completed recently with the Marino Institute of Education #EREBB

This afternoon our visitors from St. Joseph's College in Stoke bid farewell to staff and residents at Rosemount House Limited. The end of a great few days together in Belfast :) #EREBB

We are delighted to welcome our Edmund Rice network colleagues from St. Joseph's College in Stoke to Westcourt. The group of teachers will spend the next few days in Belfast on an immersion experience around homelessness.
Many thanks to the staff and residents of Rosemount House and also Aidan Donaldson for their help and support. #EREBB

Huge congratulations to Westcourt Camera Club member Liam McBurney who was awarded 'The 2018 Photographer of the Year' last night at the NI Press Photographer Association Awards 😀


There are still a few spaces left for the Strengthening Families Facilitator training in Belfast on 4th & 5th of July. A great course for practitioners working with families with young people aged 12-16 years. Book now at: https://buff.ly/2MsMTov

This week in June 1998, St. Mary's CBS Barrack Street closed as a school. Today on the site, the Westcourt Centre houses 6 different organisations and facilitates many other groups all with a focus on education and supporting those in need. The Edmund Rice tradition continues 20 years on.

Great to meet Wallasey Labour's Paul Martin at the launch of 'Tastes of Home' tonight. The Edmund Rice England office publication features photographs by Westcourt Camera Club and aims to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and asylum seekers #refugeeweek2018 Paul Martin

Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

'Tastes Of Home' book of recipes by Asylum Seekers & Refugees and featuring photographs by Westcourt Camera Club covered in today's Liverpool Echo newspaper. Congratulations to the Edmund Rice England Office #EREBB #ERI

Well done to St. Mary's CBGS Belfast social justice group who launched the '30 Rights in 30 Days' campaign at John-Paul II school today. They talked to the Primary 7 class about housing as a basic human right and their work to raise awareness of homelessness. Thanks to all the pupils and staff involved. Westcourt, St. Mary's and John-Paul II working together #EREBB #ERI

Project Zambia

We are hosting a fundraiser at the end of June to raise funds for the projects we support. Everyone welcome to come along and join in the craic!

£5 entry at door

Great Prizes to be won - hope to see you there🎉

Westcourt and Edmund Rice England delivered a workshop on Human Rights & Advocacy to a group of teachers and educators from schools in Ireland. Part of our role with Edmund Rice International. Thanks to all for taking part #ERI #EREBB

Today we hosted a meeting of the Westcourt Centre, Edmund Rice School Trusts in Ireland and the Edmund Rice England Office to plan a European Province Congress for 2019. Pictured below are Caroline Cirino, Ann Nichols, Kevin Burke and Tom Murray #EREBB

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