Community Convention   opening

Fourth Annual Community Convention attracts delegates from across the district

12th November 2019

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The 4th Annual Community Convention hosted by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in partnership with the Community and Voluntary Sector Forum took place on Wednesday 6 November 2019 in the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown.

The event was attended by more than 60 delegates representing community and voluntary groups from across the district.

Opening the event, the Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Siobhán Currie, said:

“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is committed to working in partnership with other key stakeholders across the statutory, private, community and voluntary sectors to deliver projects and programmes which improve the quality of life of all the residents of the district. The Council recognises the value which community groups offer the district.  Through your hard work, you offer so much to the communities which you serve and the Council is delighted to work in collaboration with community groups right across the district.”  

At the event delegates heard from the key note speaker, Kate Beggs, Northern Ireland Director of the National Lottery Community Fund. In her address, Kate highlighted how communities can be changed by community development activities. Information was also provided to the delegates as to how to access the funds from the programme.

Barry Boyle, co-Chair of the CVS Forum, added that the Convention was a great way for Community groups to gain knowledge and advice from specialist teams, including within the Council, which can help with their own work. 

Allison Forbes, co-Chair, said it was the best event yet, a great range of speakers and workshops, and she hopes other community groups will become involved with the work of the Forum.