Community Outreach Programme
Previously known as the STAR (Social Training and Reintegration) programme, which was set up in 2000; the Community Outreach Programme now provides support for up to 40 people each week through the operation of four groups covering the Belfast and South East Trust Area..
The groups are user led and provide opportunities for survivors of brain injury to meet others and to access peer support, as well as taking part in a wide range of activities aimed at encouraging the rebuilding of social networks, regaining of social skills and increasing confidence and independence in social situations.
Groups have been established throughout Belfast, Lisburn, Newtownards and Downpatrick, and are facilitated by a Community Outreach Officer and volunteers.
Where and When?
The Downpatrick group is held on a Monday afternoon from 2pm-4pm..
The Lisburn group is held on a Tuesday afternoon from 1pm – 3pm.
The Newtownards group is held on a Friday morning from 11am – 1pm.
There North Belfast group is held on a Friday afternoon from 2pm – 4pm.
From March 2013, there will be a further three groups established;
- A Fundraising group will be held on Monday mornings from 11am-1pm. This group will offer survivors of brain injury the opportunity to put their skills to good use and to raise funds for Headway Belfast through a variety of fundraising activities.
- A Peer Support group will be held on Tuesday mornings from 10.30am-12.30pm in West Belfast. This group will offer survivors the opportunity to gain support from other survivors and take part in social activities in their local area.
- A "Sports Active" group will be held on Tuesday afternoons from 1pm-3pm. This group will take part in sports based activities throughout Belfast, such as climbing, abseiling and watersports. This group is aimed at "Adrenaline seekers"!!!
All Community Outreach groups are user led and service users fully contribute to the development of a "Monthly Activity Plan" each month detailing all of the activities they will be taking part in.
If you would like more information about any of the Community Outreach groups, please contact Kelly on 02890705125 or email
Exhibition by Stephen Gill
Stephen Gill is one of Headway Belfast's Community Outreach service users. Stephen is a keen photographer and has opened his own exhibition at the Arts and Disability Forum Gallery on Royal Avenue, Belfast.
The exhibition "Around the Allotments" comprises a series of photographs of allotment sites and their owners in and around Belfast.
Click on the link below for more informaton of when you can visit Stephen's exhibition;
Below are some photos of outreach activities taken by service user Stephen Gill at various locations throughout Northern Ireland;
Ulster Folk Park, Omagh
Ulster Museum, Stranmillis