Interview with Richard Orme from Ballynahinch Community Collective
Tell us a bit about yourself and/or your organisation.
Way back in 2014, when the council areas changed, I thought we would be better off having a bigger voice so we got together and set up a new group called Ballynahinch Community Collective.
The purpose was to provide people of Ballynahinch with a voice, and hopefully a network, to promote and develop the capability of the community within the area; to tackle issues of concern and to work together to promote the good of the Ballynahinch community.
How well have you/your organisation adapted to the pandemic?
Well we had to change somethings around because of the COVID and with some funding from the Community Foundation Northern Ireland (CFNI) and other funds we were able to deliver some meat parcels around are area. It was called ‘meat on your street’ for the older people in our community. We also delivered some medicines with the help of the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and the Community Development Health Network (CDHN).
How well have people/organisations in your area collaborated throughout the pandemic?
We are collaborating with the help of CFNI and County Down Rural Community Network (CDRCN) and other stakeholders that can help with issues in the area. Every day may be difficult but we will most definitely keep going forward and continue to be strong for our community.
ASK: What do you need, right now, that the members of Community Network NI and/or the wider community may be able to help you with?
Volunteers and help letting more people know we are here to help the community.