LCC Community Trust aims to serve the local community through Projects which help people physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, spiritually and relationally especially in areas of need and short term crisis.
Our service users are of all ages and abilities, we particularly seek to engage those from low income backgrounds, homeless, unemployed, BAME, isolated, disadvantaged, mental health problems, care leavers and single parent families. Our daily activities range from running the Lisburn Foodbank and Social supermarket to Holiday meals clubs and workshops offering support for basic life skills including budgeting and cookery skills. We host a ‘Diversity’ project to include service users from BAME community and have just commenced English as a Foreign Language lessons.
We also occasionally work in schools and plan to use our community cafe in the afternoons as a ‘drop in’ for the 5 local high schools within a 3 minute radius. We will be running mental health support sessions to allow our young people to learn how to understand their own mental health better as well as become advocates for each other to offer peer to peer support.
The mission and purpose of LCC Community Trust is to add value to people of all ages and backgrounds, through meeting peoples’ needs in a practical and holistic way and by creating opportunities for encouragement, mentoring, personal growth and skills development.
We have had great success in helping people move from crisis to stability and from unemployment to employment. We have been able to integrate and develop relationships amongst 12 different nationalities and create a space for inclusion with the opportunity for all to belong.
For LCC Community Trust our core values are the both the guiding light and rudder of our organisation. We run our organisation with a spirit of excellence, integrity and diligence. The stewardship and appreciation of the time, talent and treasure of staff, volunteers and benefactors are at the forefront of our thinking.
Having a great attitude to serving our community is paramount and creates an inspirational and fun environment for staff, volunteers and service users. We love to empower individuals with the confidence and self belief to take on new challenges.
We are delighted to have our community work acknowledged by the following accomplishments:
- MBE Award for Voluntary Service to the Community in Northern Ireland
- Queens Honour Award for Voluntary Service in 2018
- Community Fund Refurbishment grant 2017-2019
We also celebrated our 20th Anniversary in 2019 to recognise and reward the fantastic work of all our volunteers and projects.