Opening of our Welcome House

Welcome House officially opened at Bridge Street Lisburn in February 2019

The Welcome Project was established in October 2006 with the aim of breaking barriers surrounding stereotypes and promoting tolerance and integration. There had been a significant increase in the numbers of people coming to the area to live and work.  Some of these residents had to face prejudice and ignorance within the community alongside more practical problems of language, culture and information.

There has been a growing population of ethnic minority groups in the Lisburn area since the European Union (EU) Freedom of Movement Directive, 2004. Statutory agencies and many voluntary sector organisations have been providing direct services to families and newly settled people within the area. The Welcome Project commissioned a needs analysis to be able to respond appropriately to the needs of those from ethnic minority backgrounds in 2020. The piece of work was made possible by funding from Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council (LCCC), the Public Health Agency (PHA), The Executive office (TEO), and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE).  Lorraine Thompson, Research Consultant facilitated the needs analysis.

Click on the link below to gain access to the full report and get a better understanding of:

  • the demographics relating to ethnic minority groups living in the Lisburn area.
  • what ethnic minority groups experience living in Lisburn.
  • the specific needs of people from ethnic minority backgrounds living in Lisburn.
  • the barriers to accessing services, experienced by ethnic minority people.
  • the current services being offered and gaps in service provision.

Click here the executive summary reports, in English, Arabic, Russian, Lithuanian, Polish, and Mandarin and the full report in English:  Welcome Project needs analysis reports

The project works towards creating a truly inclusive and safe community which welcomes all regardless of difference, promoting mutual understanding of the diverse and rich cultural diversity within our city, with view to reducing potential friction and dispelling myths that various communities may have of each other.

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