Springfield Charitable Association (SCA) recently launched their innovative #YouthClubForOlderPeople in what was an unloved former social services building on Belfast’s Cupar Street.

The £1.7m project to create ‘an inter-generational centre of excellence’ incorporates a new home for SCA’s established advice and support services for local people including those living with dementia and their families.

Paul Maskey MP noted that ‘…older people are our past, our present and our future’ before commending the exceptionally hard work of SCA and their CEO, Terry McNeill, in bringing this project to fruition.

As well as their #YouthClubForOlderPeople, SCA hopes to see the space being used to help revitalise the local area: transforming a derelict building into a facility that can be embraced by the wider community.

The Commissioner for Older People, Eddie Lynch, said:

Loneliness and social isolation is an increasing problem among our older communities and I commend SCA and their partners for their dedicated work in transforming a neglected building and turning it into a shared, safe and welcoming space for older people to socialise and get advice and support.

Their project was made possible through various funders including: the National Lottery Community Fund; the Department for Communities; the Wolfson Foundation and the Alpha Fund.

By Paul Sullivan FRSA

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