Lisburn Downtown Centre is located in the heart of Lisburn, just to the south of Belfast. Downtown offers a welcoming place for the whole community, with a focus on those feeling isolated and alone. It supports an estimated 120 people each week. The Centre offers drop-in sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons which are open to all members of the community, with a variety of activities and a friendly cuppa. It also runs sessions for particular groups, including for people with mild learning difficulties, older people, parents of a child with a learning disability and people with mental health issues. These groups are generally for people referred from GPs, social services and health services. Currently, the Friday Club supports 18 people with mental health issues, and the Cheer You Up group assists 33 older people.
A grant of £3,000 has been awarded to Lisburn Downtown Centre to contribute towards the salary of the part-time coordinator. The coordinator is the only staff member, and runs all services, supported by a team of more than 35 volunteers. Outcomes for the coming year are for members to have increased wellbeing and for their social isolation to be lessened through the development of supportive social networks.