Our Current Work
Building Communities Resource Centre (BCRC) employs a full-time Co-ordinator and an Administrator to provide support to a network for community and voluntary organisations; advice, guidance and information on community development issues, projects and funding; focussed support to areas identified as having weak community infrastructure.
We deliver information and support for fundraising activities; community education and training for personal and group capacity development; governance and management support for community associations; support with strategic and action planning; research and evaluation; facilitation of cultural awareness sessions, and community dialogue facilitation.
If any further areas of need are identified by members from within the local community we will endeavour to address that need as quickly and as efficiently as possible or signpost to specialist organisations.
BCRC also operates and manages an Ethnic Minority and Migrant Workers Support Project as well as a Disability Development Programme each having two staff members who are dedicated to the advancement and social inclusion of those who feel either marginalised by society or who are simply new to the area and wish to learn more. Both of these programmes conduct significant work with local schools associated with the global citizenship and community relations, equity and diversity in education elements of the curriculum.
BCRC is lead partner for the Causeway Older and Active Strategic Team Reaching Out: Connecting Older People project – COAST Older and Active. We also host the Community Navigator for Older People – Causeway Locality, a post designed by the Northern Trust and PHA to act as a bridge between health professionals, service providers for older people in the community and voluntary sector and older people in the Ballymoney, Coleraine and Moyle areas.
Key Strategic Aims
2. To promote a networking culture across the North East
3. To promote and facilitate relevant training and capacity building initiatives to the community and voluntary sector in Causeway Coast and Glens in order to increase their capacity and sustainability
4. To promote and support community development practice and principles throughout the area of influence of Building Communities Resource Centre
5. To promote good relations within and between communities and build social capital throughout the area of influence of Building Communities Resource Centre
6. To continue to manage and develop The Disability Development Programme
7. To continue to manage and develop the Causeway Ethnic Minority and Migrant Worker Support programme
8. To provide practical support to older people throughout Causeway Coast and Glens.
9. To provide relevant, accessible information to community and voluntary groups to aid the advancement of their community and work
10. To improve internal efficiency and effectiveness of Building Communities Resource Centre including update of its governance and legal responsibilities and ensure good governance knowledge and practice of the board
A vibrant, sustainable and cohesive community underpinned by respect and equality.
To work in partnership to provide services for all communities in the North East and increase the capacity of local groups to become more sustainable.
Equality & Inclusion - Working with and for all groups in our area of influence in an effort to ensure inclusion
Partnership - Working in partnership with the public, voluntary and private sectors in order to address issues in the area and get results
Quality - Aim to deliver a range of quality services to all in a manner that is both professional and friendly
Performance Focused - We aim to get results and expect all of our board, staff and volunteers to meet or exceed targets in relation to governance and programme outputs. We strive to Sustain Service Provision by ensuring BCRC is the best organisation to deliver services in our area. However, we focus not just on targets and outputs but also the outcomes and impact of our programmes