The Centre at 197 Conway Street is the home of The West Kirk Community Project
The Centre building was a National School originally built in 1859. For many years people knew it as the Mission Hall of Albert Street Presbyterian where Mr James Orr was the mission worker. For some time the building lay unused and then in the early 1980s, through vision and a lot of hard work it was opened as a youth centre. The building had a full refurbishment in 2016 and we’re looking forward to finding lots of new ways to use it in the years ahead.
(We hope to update this page with some more history and a photo gallery of the centre over the years. Keep an eye on this page if you’re interested)
The Daily Drop in
A vital work of The Centre is its Daily Drop In which runs every weekday from morning to mid-afternoon. Everyone is welcome to call in and enjoy a cuppa, game of pool and a bit of banter with others.
A highlight of the year is the Christmas Quiz where representatives from many groups within the whole Shankill community take part. We’ve also had a carol service in the centre for the past few years. Keep a look out for a few new community project things starting soon!
At the heart of the work of the West Kirk Community Project is our Project Worker Walter McBride. Walter has been with West Kirk since 1995. In his role Walter is a great friend to many people.
Over the years he has had the privilege to help people in many different life situations. He is well placed to help or to signpost people depending on their need. Walter networks with most other community groups on The Road.
““Our wee centre is well known in the local area as a safe environment where people just pop in for a wee cuppa and a chin wag” “Walter McBride
Our Men’s group involves over 50 local men from all walks of life and all ages. In the past 4 years the program has included, guest speakers on a wide variety of subjects including; history, culture, faith, citizenship, health and wellbeing. We’ve also had trips and special events. There is a great sense of community among the men who attend.
The group runs fortnightly in blocks of 8 events with a break in-between. New men are always welcome.
When the next block of 8 starts we will put the info here. To keep up to date, sign up by sending us an email or like us on Facebook.
Kids Coding Club, Startgin Again Soon To The Centre
Starting back again soon in The Centre. Crackerz is a hands on worskshop to let boys and girls lean how to code. Most of the jobs our young people will be doing in the futre dont even exist yet. As Belfast is a city with a growing technology sector, we want to let local boys and girls grow in the confidence that they can learn to code. This workshop is an introduction, but as time goes on we hope that members of the coding club will be able to grow in their skills. Give us a shout via facebook or the contact us via this page to sign up. We’ve had to take a wee break this term, but hope to get up and running again soon as we can.
TO ALL THE MUMS OUT THERE: PLEASE STEP AWAY FROM THE DINNER DISHES AND BEDTIME ROUTINES FOR 1 MINUTE. We want you all to know about Mums’ Village Thursday mornings at 9.30 (upstairs in the Centre on 197 Conway Street).
Motherhood is the hardest job in the world (can I get an amen?) but we don’t have to do it alone. Mums’ Village is just a wee group of mums getting together to try and make this journey a little bit easier for one another.
Some weeks we have specific topics to chat about, some weeks we have pamper treats, some weeks we hear other people’s stories of motherhood… and some weeks we just eat a lot of buns and talk a lot of rubbish 🤷🏼♀️
You can come with your wee ones or come after the school drop off – either way you’d be so welcome! For more info send Rebecca a message through this page 💜 or find us on Facebook!