“In the Friendship Club I have made so many friends.I have got much information and I have discovered many places in Northern Ireland.as long as you are prepared to talk or just listen to people you would not normally get to meet …. Belfast Friendship Club offers a particular welcome to newcomers who find themselves in Belfast for any reason.Belfast Friendship Club works on three principles: The atmosphere is friendly and informal. You will receive a warm greeting at the door from Stephanie, the coordinator, or one of the Club’s ‘older’ members.South Belfast Roundtable is a multi-agency organisation, established in 2004 to counter racism and promote integration in South Belfast.
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a very imaginative social enterprise…” Suleiman, from Somalia “…solidarity… For two hours a week people are on an equal footing.”“Their friendship club (…) invites people from many different backgrounds and walks of life to come along and share their experiences.
It also provides an ideal setting for people to practise their English informally.” “Coming to a new city for the first time or moving to a different area can be a scary experience for many people.
Robin Wilson in Why voluntary groups need to do more to tackle racism, View Digital, 2012 “BFC became a safe harbour for me, which I can rely on.
We would like to establish a similar club based on the same values in Slovakia and Hungary.” Viktor, from Slovakia “Friendly…
Every city should have a friendship club.” Vikydroa, from Latvia Read on about the experience, in the words and images of an enthusiastic Belfast Friendhsip Club member, let yourself dream, and put your name down quick for the next holiday.