On Thursday 16th November 2017 The Resurgam Community Development Trust held their Annual General Meeting at the Laganview Enterprise Centre. This year the Key note speaker was Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP and special guests included the Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh, Councillor Tim Morrow and leader of the DUP Arlene Foster MLA. Over seventy members of the community attended the event which had representation from the Community and Voluntary Sector, Statutory Agencies, Local Authority, Government Departments and the local Business Community.

Chairman of The Resurgam Trust Philip Dean said during the AGM, ”2017 has seen yet another busy, inspirational and fulfilling year. As The Resurgam Trust develops each year gets busier and our Management and Staff continue to stretch themselves to ensure that our targets and commitments are not only met, but exceeded.

We continue to connect individuals and groups and assist them in their efforts to transform their communities. We have built relationships with statutory agencies, government departments, politicians of all local parties, police and other community and voluntary partners. The one area we feel that we have not yet connected with is the local Business Community. This is the theme of this year’s Annual General Meeting.

The Business Community might well ask why a third sector organisation like Resurgam feel the need to connect with them? The Resurgam Trust has a membership of over one thousand individuals living throughout the greater Lisburn area.  Many of our members and families may well be employees of local business or indeed future employees. The Resurgam Youth Initiative are working with over six hundred young people every week. These young people are the future workforce. What role can The Resurgam Trust play in assisting these young people to be ready for work? What is the skill base these young people need to ensure that they can get into meaningful employment? And how can we work in partnership with local business to ensure that they any gaps in the employment market are filled?

It is hoped that this year’s Annual General Meeting will be the first step to building solid working relationships between the Community, Voluntary and Business sectors in Lisburn.”

If you represent a local business and would be interested in exploring a potential partnership with The Resurgam Trust, please contact Vince Curry on 02892 670 755 or email him at vince.curry@resurgamtrust.co.uk

Photo – L-R Edwin Poots, Arlene Foster, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Councillor Tim Morrow, Adrian Bird (Resurgam’s Trust Director), Philip Dean (Resurgam Trust Chairman) and Paul Givan