Big Lottery Chief ‘hangs out’ in Colin Glen

07 Oct 15 / Press Release

The Big Lottery CEO Dawn Austwick and NI Director Joanne McDowell dropped into Colin Glen to experience the high life with some of the young people involved in the Reaching out and empowering young people programme delivered at the Forest Park.

Since 2013 Colin Glen Trust has been reaching out to over 300 local young people helping them to reach new heights. Programmes have included Employability Training, Health & Wellbeing, Community Relations & Environmental Education. The programme has enabled young people to gain qualifications in outdoor education, sports, mental health awareness, youth work and drugs & alcohol awareness.

Colm Fanning – Programme Manager at the trust said;

“It’s wonderful that Big Lottery have supported the young people through the grant and it’s great to see that Dawn and Joanne have taken time to come and hear how the investment has impacted on the lives of so many young people from Lenadoon, Suffolk, Colin and further afield.”

Dawn and Joanne had an opportunity to experience some of the exciting opportunities available to young people at Colin Glen Forest Park as they climbed to the top of Skytrek, Colin Glen’s Aerial Assault Course and witness how the project and facilities has helped them grow in confidence and embrace the natural resource available to them in the Area.

Anyone 8-20 years of age interested in learning more about how to get involved at the Youth empowerment project in Colin Glen please call 028 9061 4115, email or call into the forest park centre anytime.