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Picnic on the Green in Johnston Close

Posted: 30/08/17

Young people from the Doury Road and residents of Johnston Close enjoyed an outdoor meal before playing bowls and bingo, as well as taking part in an Everybody Active Programme, intergenerational quiz and enjoying a talk.

The event at Johnston Close was supported by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

Mid and East Antrim Mayor, Councillor Paul Reid, said: “I’m delighted with the success of the first Picnic on the Green, at which teenagers and older people enjoyed each other’s company.

“Intergenerational initiatives such as this are crucial to encouraging and promoting good relations within our community.

“The Putting People First Community Plan, led by Council and developed in partnership with a wide range of local people and organisations, sets out how - using a collaborative and multi-agency approach – we can all work together to bolster good relations between people and communities within the Borough over the next 15 years.

“It is vital that we seek to improve integration across generations through mutual respect and encouraging a culture of community engagement.

“Projects such as this put us on the path to ensuring we have a safe community in which we respect the law and each other, and live within a shared society that respects and cherishes diversity.

“Success in all of this will ensure we give our children and young people the best possible start in life.

“Huge thanks to the Education Authority Youth Service who took the lead with the young people.

“I commend the organisers of this fantastic day and look forward to similar events in the Borough in future.”

Previously, cooking sessions took place at Johnston Close, during which young people were brought together to cook a meal which they then enjoyed together.

Cooking skills were shared and friendships created at the event.

Similar events are planned for the future.