CCF began in 1997 and was set up as an umbrella organisation to support and empower the Carrickfergus community. Currently supporting over 120 active member groups in Carrick, Greenisland and Whitehead, five people are currently employed by CCF which is governed by a voluntary board of directors.
What courses and activities does CCF run?
Over the past year, The Forum has provided courses in community development, sign language, Ulster-Scots, child protection, lobbying and campaigning, food hygiene, internet safety and computer skills to name a few. All courses are based on the needs of the community. We have also held information events for Women’s Aid and cancer screening and we have an annual funding fair which gives our groups the opportunity to meet with funders and network with other groups.
We welcome suggestions for courses and events based on the needs of our member groups and are always happy to listen to ideas.
How can CCF help my group?
We can help in a number of ways. Whether you are hoping to set up a new group, organise a best
practice visit, require training, need help to apply for funding or simply need a space to meet, we are here to help. Membership is free and we will do our best to support the needs of your group.
Did you know?
· The Forum are an official umbrella organisation for Access NI and can provide community groups and individual volunteers with Access NI checks.
· The Forum is a registered Foodbank agency and can issue vouchers for anyone struggling to put food on the table. See carrickfergus.foodbank.org.uk for more information on the initiative.
· The Forum is a recognised ‘helper’ organisation to assist groups apply for charitable status with Charity Commission NI.
The office is open Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm. We have an open door policy for anyone wishing to call in for information or support. However, as staff are sometimes out and about in the community, it is best to call ahead to be guaranteed to meet with the best person for your enquiry.
Remember, we are here to help you!