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‘Circle of Change’

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‘Circle of Change’

The Circle of Change is a group of people from all backgrounds from around Belfast who come together for 6 months to talk about and learn from each other about the root causes of issues affecting our communities, and over those 6 months they pool their money and do some fundraising, and then make grants to organisations working on those issues.

The first Circle of Change ran from September 18 to March 19 and you can read about it here and in the Irish News here.

It  was an amazing success. We raised over £50,000 and were able to fund 6 excellent projects which are pioneering new ways to unlock potential in people from low income backgrounds, tackle mental health issues, and support minority groups well.

Many Circle member also told us that the experience was a rich learning experience for them personally. One told us : ‘I’ve learned, laughed, made new friends, had my eyes opened to issues I wasn’t aware of, got involved in projects that will run long after this circle is complete and gained a level of self awareness I didn’t think possible in such a short space of time’.

We are planning to start a second Circle in October 2019. If you’re interested in participating, contact Andrew at andrew@communityfoundationni.org

 

Find out more in our interview on Now TV below.

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