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.
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.
‘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.
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."