It was a busy festive period for everyone at the Resurgam Youth Initiative as we seen a lot of new faces come through the doors of Laganview Enterprise Centre, as well as some of our regular youth attendees. It was a frantic start to the Christmas week with the arrival of Father Christmas (eventually), as he was given a lift by the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club.
Upon his arrival, he was greeted by the expectant crowd which was approximately 400-500 strong. The Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh city Councillor, Brian Bloomfield was also in attendance and posed for pictures with the winners of the Resurgam Youth Initiative Christmas colouring competition before turning on the Resurgam Christmas lights.
The young people then made their way into the main hall to receive their gifts from Santa in his grotto before taking part in activities facilitated by the Lisburn SureStart. During this hive of activity, The Journey Church provided Christmas Carols to the delight of the onlooking crowds. Tuesday night saw 50 young junior members attend the Christmas movie night in LaganView Enterprise Centre to watch ‘The Grinch’.
They were treated to Popcorn, pizza and other light refreshments which was provided by the Resurgam Women’s Network.
Wednesday saw the Resurgam Youth Initiative host their annual Christmas production which included all members age ranging from 8 to 17 years with their interpretation of the story of Christmas
There was a senior DVD night for Friday evening however due to a un- foreseen technical error it was cancelled at short notice much to the disappointment of the staff an d youth participants.
Saturday saw the culmination of the Christmas week from a youth perspective, this took place in the form a party which again was very well attended. The young people were able to play games such as ‘Candy Cane Fishing’, ‘Rudolph Hoopla’, ‘Pass the Parcel’ and The Christmas Tree ball game’.
Also on hand to provide entertainment was Wilson Magwere and his African drums which the young people seemed to enjoy as they got to play the drums and make a racket!
The magician, Mr Jingles was also there to entertain the families with some extraordinary magic which left the boys and girls (and all the adults) gasping in amazement. Santa was back to visit again due to not all the boys and girls getting to visit him on the Monday night.
This was a great way to finish of the Christmas week and send the boys and girls home with excitement and count down the sleeps until the big man arrived at their own house.
Some of the Resurgam Youth Initiative staff and some Resurgam Youth Participants along with some young people from the Poleglass area came together on Saturday at Asda for a bag pack event to help raise money with Amethyst Outreach who work with the homeless on the streets in Belfast! A massive well done to all involved.