EU Funders visit Ashton Community Trust

EU Officials Marc Vermyle and Rossella Chiodo were delighted to be able to go to Ashton Community Trust during their recent visit to Belfast and see one of the Northern Ireland ESF funded projects in action.

Real benefits for local people

Ashton Community Trust is a social regeneration charity located in the New Lodge area of North Belfast, which works to deliver real benefits for local people. 

Pictured (back row, l-r) are: Kevin Donaghy, Marc Vermyle, Dave Loyal and Pat Boyle, and in the front row (l-r) are Judith Teggart, Rossella Chiodo and Maeve Hamilton.
Pictured (back row, l-r) are: Kevin Donaghy (LEMIS+), Marc Vermyle (European Commission), Dave Loyal (DfE) and Pat Boyle (Ashton), and in the front row (l-r) are Judith Teggart (DfE), Rossella Chiodo (European Commission) and Maeve Hamilton (DfE).


During their visit EU officials were able to see Ashton’s teams as ‘Fablab’, Core and LEMIS+ projects as well as meeting participants who use the services and hearing first-hand how EU funding has helped to improve their lives.

EU Funders are pictured meeting people during a visit  to Ashton Community Trust Fablab
The visitors inside Fablab


‘Fablab’ is a fabrication workshop which gives everyone in the community, from young children through to entrepreneurs, schools and established businesses, the capability to turn their ideas and concepts into reality. Open source design software and a selection of computer-controlled machines enable users to design and make almost anything.

Support, advice and training

The LEMIS+ project gives support, advice and training to help people get back to work. The project provides people of all ages and backgrounds with one to one support from skilled mentors who offer career, education and training advice.

EU Funders are pictured visiting Ashton Community Trust's Employment and Training Services office
The visitors inside Ashton's Employment and Training Services office

Pat Boyle, Head of Training and Employment Services for Ashton Community Trust, said: "Ashton is continually adapting to best meet the needs and wants of people in North Belfast and aims to continue this much needed work for many years to come."

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