John McCorry – Chief Executive, North Belfast Partnership
John works in the voluntary and community sector with over twenty years experience in delivering training, education and community regeneration initiatives to increase social inclusion. A graduate of University of Ulster, John holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Public Policy and Management and an MSc in Business Improvement. John is a voluntary director and Board member of Opportunity Youth and has extensive experience in youth and voluntary work.
As Chief Executive with North Belfast Partnership, John leads its regeneration team, working closely with a range of stakeholders that are dedicated to increasing peoples’ life opportunities. Through collaborative working North Belfast Partnership’s regeneration priorities are to promote better health and well-being, education and economic growth that improves quality of life prospects and supports sustainable communities across north Belfast.
Alexey Janes – Rejuvenate Project Co-ordinator
Alexey looks after the day to day management of the Big Lottery Funded Rejuvenate Programme that aims to address social isolation amongst older men living across North Belfast. This project offers men the opportunity to take part in a range of social and recreational activities as well as the chance to become members of the North Belfast Men’s Shed. The project also distributes a newsletter aimed at older men across North Belfast three times a year. Before joining the North Belfast Partnership team Alexey spent 25 years working for a range of youth and community work organisations in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Geraldine Nelson – Rejuvenate Development Officer
Geraldine is our development worker with the Rejuvenate Project. Her main responsibilities include editor of the North Belfast Male newsletter, organising events and activities for men aged 55-plus and helping out in men’s shed. She received a BA (hons.) Degree in Business Studies at the University of Ulster Jordanstown. She spend many years working in training and development before moving into the criminal justice system. Geraldine was also a part-time lecturer with the Belfast Metropolitan College.
Turlough plays a lead role in the communications and marketing activities at the partnership; from the recent redesign of the partnership's website to the development and implementation of its social media strategy. Turlough also provides support and guidance to people seeking to return to work; typically those furthest removed from the labour market. This involves dedicated face-to-face meetings and mentoring, CV creation, interview techniques and analysis, job search advice as well as providing bespoke assistance with training. He has also organised a number of employment workshops and events with the aim of getting people in North Belfast back into work; working in partnership with the Department for Learning as well as a number of government agencies and private sector organisations.
Turlough began working at the partnership in 2008 and has a background in managing enterprise projects. He has a BA Hons in English from Queen's University Belfast, a MSc in Communications from University of Ulster, an Advanced Diploma in Management, CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing and is a PRINCE2 practitioner.
Justine Brown – Health & Social Well-being Development Officer
Justine has been involved in community development/youth work since the late 1990’s, firstly on a volunteer basis and then as a paid employee throughout Belfast. Justine graduated from Queens University in 2002 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Development and over the last 12 years has held various roles ranging from support for people from an ethnic minority background, welfare rights/advice, youth citizenship and more recently from 2005 health & well-being. Justine spent 4 years working as a health development worker in east Belfast and the last 4.5 years in her current post in north Belfast. It involves a mixture of local regeneration development work across north Belfast’s Neighbourhood Renewal Areas and strategic work across the city. It aims to make government/statutory health strategies relevant to people working on the ground and striking a balance between bottom up and top down approaches to addressing health inequalities in north Belfast. Threaded throughout Justine's work is a particular interest in using mindfulness based approaches & practices in working with others and endeavours to facilitate various workshops/programmes focussing on the likes of meditation/frontline mindfulness & coaching in order to support community workers.