Community Projects

Community Projects

Support for Older Persons' Groups & Forums

Gardening Services - North and West Belfast

West Belfast 50+ Newsletter

Roselawn Timetable 2009-2010

Funding Sources

Shankill Mirror Jan 2010

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VSB is funded by Belfast Health & Social Care Trust to support older persons groups and senior citizens forums in North & West Belfast.  This includes help with identifying funding, planning a programme of activities, establishing links with other groups, social events and information on a range of services and help.  Please contact Frank Johnston or Deirdre Murphy for more information on 028 90 200850


Healthy Ageing Consortium - North & West Belfast

VSB helped to establish the Greater Shankill Senior Citizens Forum in September 2007 after consultations with a range of older persons groups.  It now meets monthly and campaigns on issues affecting older people including housing, fuel poverty and social isolation.

Jean Kennedy- Chairperson

“The Forum has helped to bring older people together in the Greater Shankill area to share information, build friendships and also campaign together on issues that affect our quality of life”

Transport Buddy Service

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Transport Buddying Newletter Summer 2009

VSB in conjunction with the Department for Regional Development, are piloting a buddying scheme to encourage people to use the Door to Door transport service.

The project will initially be delivered in the Dungannon and Strabane areas.

Transport Buddies are required to help isolated older people and adults who have difficulties accessing public transport to avail of the Door to Door service and participate in their local community. Examples of typical journeys would be to lunch / social clubs, doctor’s appointments or a weekly shopping trip. The aim is that the client will build their confidence to the point where they can travel independently.

VSB is also keen to hear from you if would like to use the service or if you know of a family member, friend or neighbour who could benefit from this type of support.

VSB is looking for volunteers who can spare a couple of hours a week to help make this valuable scheme a success. As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to gain accredited and free training in Passenger Assistance, Disability Awareness and First Aid.

The scheme coordinator will guide you through the training process and provide ongoing support. Volunteers travel and out of pocket expenses will be provided. This is a great way to gain valuable skills, meet new people and give something back to your local community.

To register your interest please complete the form attached

Or for further information please contact Jill Hunter

Telephone: 07974  610 120   or   Text : BUDDY to receive a call back

VSB, Buddy Service, PO Box331, Bangor, BT20 9DN, e-mail:

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Befriending and Driving Services

Groups and Forums

This service is funded by Belfast Health & Social Care Trust and provides befriending, outings and driving services aimed at vulnerable and socially isolated older persons in South & East Belfast and Castlereagh.  Volunteer Befrienders visit on a weekly or fortnightly basis to provide company and VSB organises regular outings and trips for clients.  The Driving service supplies volunteers to drive elderly clients to important medical and hospital appointments.  For more information please contact Ruth Murray or Victoria O’Neill on 028 90 200850


Nancy is visited on Mondays by her volunteer and views it as an essential part of her week.  She used to do lots of activities but cannot get out now because of mobility problems.

I think people don’t realise how difficult it is to make contact with people when you are not as mobile as you used to be …….Shirley’s visits are important to me and I look forward to them every week”

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Unlocking Potential

This new 5-year project aims to strengthen the voice of older adults while improving attitude and policy involving people aged 60+ (with the scope to look at people aged 55+); support the creation of effective models of service for people of this particular age-group and at the same time to expand opportunities for social and community engagement by older people.

Essentially, the project aims to empower and enhance volunteering opportunities for people aged 60+. Unlocking Potential is keen to spread awareness of volunteering opportunities and benefits to pre-retirees and take into consideration the type of volunteering that the “baby-boomer generation” would like to engage in, therefore analysing the existing menu of opportunities on offer, with a view to perhaps enhancing them.

The Unlocking Potential project is funded by Atlantic Philanthropies; it is delivered by The Volunteer Development Agency in conjunction with North West Volunteer Centre and VSB.

If you are keen to find out more about the project or the survey, please contact Sarah-Jane Goldring at VSB on 028 90 200 858 or e-mail to

Visit the Volunteer Now website