Belfast Activity Centre
Registered charity XN82053
BAC engages young people through a range of dynamic programmes:
AccessAbility delivers an equality of opportunity for young people by demonstrating that physical and learning disabilities should not be perceived as barriers to participation through a broad range of outdoor experiential learning activities. The Project is sponsored by the Big Lottery, Reaching Communities Fund until 2015.
The BAC Youth Build Initiative has evolved over the past 6 years and provides a significant catalyst for youth development and leadership training and development within communities. Initially rolled out across the Greater Shankill, Youth Build now operates across 5 neighbourhood renewal areas within North Belfast. Youth Build is focused upon addressing the Department for Social development (DSD) Strategic Themes of Community Renewal and Social Renewal as key to the ongoing implementation of Neighbourhood Renewal.
Shoulder to Shoulder is a potential new longer term BAC programme that evolved from a pilot project to recognise and respond to the disrupted personal and social development needs of young carers and young siblings with a brother or sister responding to a present or continuing life threatening or life limiting illness.
'Starting Chance In Life' (SCIL pronounced SKILL) is a pilot project funded by Big Lottery Reaching Communities. SCIL provides personal and social development opportunities specifically for 18-30 year olds with a physical or mental disability.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Open Award is a volunteer led initiative supported by BAC for over 20 years. The Open Award programme offers open access to young people who do not have, or may find difficulty accessing the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Programme through other providers. The BAC Open Award offers programmes for Bronze, Silver and Gold levels and includes additional BAC equipment and staff support for expeditions locally and internationally.
Fairbridge is an individually tailored personal development programme for marginalised and excluded young people who face a range of issues and barriers in their lives. It combines one-to-one support and group activities, delivered by a dedicated team from the Belfast Prince's Trust Centre in partnership with BAC.
An Historical Perspective.
Ardaluin Regeneration Trust evolved from a heritage of supporting the needs of young people from North Belfast. Initially (1970 to 1996) under the variable stewardships of Ballygomartin Boys Secondary School and Cairnmartin Community High School, young people from the school catchments regularly accessed Ardaluin House for a range of residential and extra curricular adventure learning programmes. During the 1970ís Ardaluin House provided an important opportunity to provide an out of Belfast respite from the conflict between the communities within North Belfast.