Community Development Training Programme & Details of Summer Scheme Training

Community Development Training (City Council Information)

As part of Belfast City Council's ongoing support, we’ve launched a new programme aimed at enhancing the skills of Belfast’s community sector.

Next year will see some changes to how the Council funds and supports the community sector and work in neighbourhoods. We want to make sure that we all work effectively in responding to the challenges and opportunities presented by Local Government Reform in relation to community planning, urban regeneration and community development. We are also planning an Open Call on our larger Community Development Grants during the summer, which will include updated application and monitoring processes.

So we’ve designed a programme, in partnership with some of the leading sector agencies and training providers (Community Places, NICVA, Interaction Institute for Social Change, CENI and Sector Matters) to equip community groups across the city with key skills in a range of subject areas:

• collaborative working • strategic planning • developing outcomes • governance and risk management • financial management • investment readiness • collaborative planning in neighbourhoods

There are seven workshops and each will be delivered in venues in north, east, south and west Belfast and greater Shankill. The workshops are free and we’ll provide training materials, resource packs, refreshments and lunch.

The courses will run from week commencing 17 February to 31 March 2014.

Who can take part?

The workshops are open to community groups and representatives in Belfast including those from areas which will fall within our new boundary in 2015 from Castlereagh, Lisburn and North Down. Email us at or call us on 028 9032 0202 ext 3635 to let us know which workshops you're interested in.  For further information about the programme, schedule and venues please go to our website

Places are limited to 15 participants per workshop. Additional workshops may be scheduled if there is sufficient demand.


Summer Scheme Training