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.

Well done to Westcourt Camera Club for hosting the NI Photographic Association Top Print Competition last night, here in Barrack Street. And congratulations to club member Martin Courtney who won the award for top Black & White print! :)

Meeting with young people from the Belfast Met 'College Connect' and 'Skills For Industry' programmes at Girdwood Hub today. The groups will be working with Westcourt, Leonard Cheshire in Northern Ireland and Rose Mount to help raise awareness of homelessness #stillsomebody

You never know who you might bump into from the Edmund Rice Network! Great to see Victor, Denny and the group from Ardscoil Ris, Limerick in the Mourne Mountains on Saturday as they climbed Slieve Donard :) @ArdscoilRisLimk #EREBB

'Walk In My Shoes' event today in Croke Park, Dublin. 200 pupils from Edmund Rice schools in Ireland discussing social justice and human rights issues. Thanks to James from Rosemount House for giving a voice to homelessness #stillsomebody #EREBB


10,000 present as homeless in Northern Ireland in six months

belfasttelegraph.co.uk Almost 10,000 people presented as homeless between April and September last year, a new series of government statistics has revealed.


Our next Strengthening Families programmes begin in April 2019. Lurgan Mail, Andersonstown News, Shankill Extra, East Belfast Extra, North Belfast News, Portadown Times please help us spread the word on this great source of free support to local families. Find out more about the programme at: https://buff.ly/2BYz5hL

Alcoholics Anonymous Open Public Meeting tomorrow February 23rd at the Westcourt Centre in Barrack Street, Belfast. All are welcome.

James from Rosemount House sharing his story with teachers and educators from Ireland and England today at the Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders Congress in Dublin. Giving a voice to homelessness #EREBB

Some pictures from the recent visit to Geneva to learn about the work of Edmund Rice International and the United Nations


‘How Young Cormac Mac Airt was Recogised as King’

stairnaheireann.net In ancient times, the people of Ireland were internationally renowned for their love of law and their intricate justice system. Law was the articulation of fairness and the embodiment of justice, t…

Visiting the United Nations in Geneva today and showing support for a protest against Human Rights violations in Vietnam

St. Mary's CBGS Belfast

As a fundraising initiative for Project Zambia Cormac McGettigan 14E is taking orders for a limited edition retro style Gaelic jersey.
The famous St Mary’s bumblebee top from the 1960s has been designed in association with O’Neills and all profits will go to Project Zambia.


More of us will die, warns homeless woman who found friend's lifeless body in doorway of Belfast shop

"People dying on the streets is becoming the norm in Belfast. It's not as shocking as it used to be, which is shocking in itself."

belfasttelegraph.co.uk A homeless woman who found her friend dead in a doorway in Belfast's High Street yesterday morning has warned there will be more tragedies unless action is taken.

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Drug deaths 20 times more likely for homeless

itv.com Homeless people are 20 times more likely to die from drug misuse, health authorities in Northern Ireland said. A new nursing campaign has been launched to tackle their plight. Northern Ireland's Chief Nursing Officer, Professor Charlotte McArdle, pledged to focus on health inequalities. She said...

Project Zambia

⭐For anyone interested in travelling this summer⭐

Training day 1 will be held in The Westcourt Centre, Barrack Street, from 10.30 to approx. 4pm this Sunday!

This is the final cut of date for those who wish to travel as flights will be booked soon.

Feel free to message the page if you have any questions 😁

At Belfast City Hall with James from Rose Mount House presenting to the Belfast Youth Forum. Great to see young people from across the city coming together to give voice to Homelessness and Housing Rights. Thanks to Carter and Conor from St. Mary's CBGS Belfast for the invitation to attend #STILLSOMEBODY

Good to have our evening classes with residents from Rose Mount House up and running again after the Christmas break. As always, a huge thanks to our volunteers Nuala and Aidan for their time and dedication :)

It was great to have a group from Iona College in New York with us again this year for a few days. They got to learn about and experience some of the work ongoing here around homelessness, alternative education, drug and alcohol misuse, mental health awareness and support for the developing world. Thanks to Rose Mount ASCERT Belfast Hospital School Project Zambia Edmund Rice Schools Trust - NI Ltd for making our visitors so welcome #EREBB


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.

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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

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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
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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.

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