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Clifton House launch new KS2 Education Resource on the history of North Belfast

2024-06-19T14:33:22+00:00

New Education Resource will delve into the history and development of Belfast Belfast Charitable Society has launched a pioneering education resource for KS2 pupils (P5 – P7) in Northern Ireland, at its home in Clifton House, the former poor house of Belfast today Wednesday 19 June. This unique resource, which has been developed as part of Clifton House’s 250th Anniversary celebrations, will help pupils explore the history of Belfast and its development. Norma Sinte, Chair of the Mary Ann McCracken Foundation, explained: “The story of Belfast Charitable Society and its home, Clifton House, is intrinsically linked to the story of Belfast. [...]

Clifton House launch new KS2 Education Resource on the history of North Belfast2024-06-19T14:33:22+00:00

Sell out talk on how the radical women of 18th century Belfast shaped the town

2024-06-19T14:25:14+00:00

How the radical women of 18th century Belfast shaped the town Belfast Charitable Society Presents: ‘Women, Radicalism and Eighteenth-Century Belfast: Mary Ann McCracken and Martha McTier’ This week Belfast Charitable Society explored the influential roles of radical women in eighteenth-century Belfast through a fascinating talk which was delivered by renowned historian Dr Catriona Kennedy, Reader in Modern British and Irish History at the University of York. The talk delved into the lives of Mary Ann McCracken and Martha McTier, two remarkable women whose charitable work allowed them to participate in and influence Belfast's radical public sphere during an era of religious [...]

Sell out talk on how the radical women of 18th century Belfast shaped the town2024-06-19T14:25:14+00:00

Mary Ann McCracken Bursary Programme continues

2024-05-29T09:58:58+00:00

In the wake of the unveiling of the Mary Ann McCracken statue in the grounds of Belfast City Hall, the Foundation, which continues to build on her legacy, has announced a third and final year of bursaries for post primary schools in North Belfast. For the past two years the Mary Ann McCracken Foundation, in conjunction with Belfast Charitable Society, The James Kane Foundation, Hunter Smyth Fund and Raj Darshna, has supported a bursary programme for all twelve post primary schools in North Belfast. This initiative, first launched in February 2022, has gone from strength to strength, as evidence of the [...]

Mary Ann McCracken Bursary Programme continues2024-05-29T09:58:58+00:00

Calling all food and craft traders

2024-05-22T19:26:36+00:00

Calling all food and craft traders On Sunday 1st September, Clifton House, and its grounds, will be open to the public for a Heritage Skills Event. As part of our 250th anniversary celebrations, this flagship event will host fun interactive heritage skills workshops and demonstrations; a chance to hear more about the history of the house; food and entertainment and an oral history capture. As part of this event, we will be offering pitches to local crafters and food vendors. If you are interested in being part of this exciting community event, please apply using the following link:  https://tinyurl.com/CliftonHouseTraderApp  

Calling all food and craft traders2024-05-22T19:26:36+00:00

Belfast Charitable Society highlights the challenges facing refugees today

2024-03-25T12:36:39+00:00

Now in its 250th year, Clifton House, home of Belfast Charitable Society (BCS) and the Mary Ann McCracken Foundation, has chosen this milestone to host challenging conversations around poverty and disadvantage. In its long history, Clifton House has witnessed many changes and developments Sadly, however, the issues surrounding poverty remain the same. Across the UK many vulnerable groups are experiencing disadvantage. During the month of March, BCS and the Mary Ann McCracken Foundation want to highlight the challenges refugees and asylum seekers currently face, particularly women and girls. The audience listened while Vicky Tennant, the UNHCR Representative to the UK, spoke [...]

Belfast Charitable Society highlights the challenges facing refugees today2024-03-25T12:36:39+00:00

The catastrophic consequences of cuts in Education discussed at Clifton House

2024-02-29T16:35:51+00:00

“Catastrophic”; “Detrimental”; “Widening attainment gaps”; “Neglect”; “Disrepair”; “Breaking point”. These words echoed around the historic walls of Clifton House time and time again last Friday, 23rd February, during a stark but informative conference on ‘The immediate and long-term impacts of cuts on North Belfast’s education sector’. This event, which formed part of Clifton House’s 250th Anniversary programme, looked at the current state of education in North Belfast; how schools are dealing with unprecedented levels of poverty; and the terrifying predictions recent cuts will have, longer-term, on an education system already under pressure. Dr Ciara Fitzpatrick, Ulster University, opened the talks and set the [...]

The catastrophic consequences of cuts in Education discussed at Clifton House2024-02-29T16:35:51+00:00

President of Belfast Charitable Society officially introduces start of 250th Anniversary

2024-01-02T20:18:26+00:00

President of Belfast Charitable Society officially introduces start of 250th Anniversary 2024 is an important year for Clifton House with an exciting 12-month programme of activity, starting in January 2024, which includes a variety of special legacy projects, talks, tours, conferences, exhibitions and social media campaigns which will all help to tell the story of Clifton House throughout its 250 years! The charity will also use the anniversary to bring others together to talk about the reality of poverty and disadvantage today – with an aim to answer the question ‘What would Belfast Charitable Society need to ‘build’ in 2024 to [...]

President of Belfast Charitable Society officially introduces start of 250th Anniversary2024-01-02T20:18:26+00:00

Clifton House unveils plans for 250th Anniversary Year 

2023-12-13T14:10:34+00:00

Clifton House unveils plans for 250th Anniversary Year Next year Clifton House will mark its 250th year with an exciting 12-month programme of activity, starting in January 2024.  First opening its doors in 1774, Clifton House is the oldest working building in Belfast. It remains the home of Belfast Charitable Society, who fundraised, built it, and managed it from 1774, and who ensure that its uses remain true to the charity’s mission … to look after those in need.       During the annual Clifton House Benn Dinner today (Wednesday 13th December), a long running tradition in itself, the Lord Mayor of Belfast, [...]

Clifton House unveils plans for 250th Anniversary Year 2023-12-13T14:10:34+00:00

Marking the significant contribution of The Barbour Fund

2023-10-30T15:48:04+00:00

Today, Monday 30th October 2023, Belfast Charitable Society marked the end of The Barbour Fund with a special event held in Clifton House. The celebration event brought together members of the Barbour family; Board and staff of Belfast Charitable Society; and representatives of those organisations who, over the last nine years of the Fund, have received grants to carry out projects and activities in north Belfast and Lisburn. The Hilden Society and the Belfast Charitable Society came together to create ‘The Barbour Fund’ in March 2014. Both organisations shared a long and successful history of caring for older people and working [...]

Marking the significant contribution of The Barbour Fund2023-10-30T15:48:04+00:00

Belfast Charitable Society doubles its efforts to feed hundreds of children this winter

2023-10-23T10:54:55+00:00

No one thought a year on that the impact of the cost-of-living crisis would be worse on families across Northern Ireland (NI), particularly north Belfast. Already one of the most deprived areas in NI, continued pressures on finances has made the situation dire, as families struggle to provide the basics. David Watters, Chair of the Belfast Charitable Society, commented “Last year, for the first time, the Belfast Charitable Society agreed to fund school meals in post primary schools across Northern Ireland to help alleviate some of the financial pressures on families most in need. We hoped that this year the need [...]

Belfast Charitable Society doubles its efforts to feed hundreds of children this winter2023-10-23T10:54:55+00:00
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