The Colin area is made up of four major housing areas namely: Twinbrook, Poleglass, Lagmore and Kilwee/Upper Dunmurry Lane. It has a growing population of circa 30,000 people.
It is a Neighbourhood Renewal Area in the top 10% of the most disadvantaged communities in Northern Ireland. Twinbrook is ranked 17 in the Multiple Deprivation Measure and health, education and employment attainments are low. Saints Youth Centre attracts young people from both Twinbrook Poleglass and Lagmore housing estates.
Twinbrook is part of a large urban conurbation on the outskirts of Belfast. It is predominately residential and consists of mainly social housing with little shopping provision. Public transport operates within the area frequently allowing for access to Lisburn via bus or Belfast via bus or black taxi.
There are six primary schools and one post-primary school in the area. Within the Colin area there are 6 main youth organisations, with Saints YC being the main provider for Twinbrook and Killwee estates.
Saints YC is represented on the Colin Youth Strategy Group which meets monthly and provides an important opportunity to engage with other providers, share information and practice, network and keep up to date with developments and initiatives in the area that impact on the lives of children and young people.
Saints Youth Centre is located in the Colin area (Twinbrook ward) of West Belfast and is situated near to a large housing estate and in close proximity to both primary and secondary schools. The centre is attached to St Colm’s Secondary School and jointly shares a large sports hall. The Centre lacks relevant resources such as an outdoor safe playing area and suitably sized indoor areas for working in group settings. The Centre has recently had work completed to allow for disability access; including a service road, new entrance area, disabled toilet and upgraded the boys and toilets also.
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