SIF provided funding of over £142k for the refurbishment works to Glenburn Methodist Church to enhance facilities for conducting community outreach and establish it as a community hub.

Project Name:



Belfast East



Social Investment Fund Outcome:

Increasing Community Services


Operational – Construction Complete

Funding awarded:


Glenburn - Before
Glenburn - Before

Glenburn - After
Glenburn - After

About the Project

The Glenburn project was one element of the Increasing Community Services cluster project which sought to increase community provision in areas of deprivation in the SIF Belfast East zone.  The project involved the refurbishment of the existing Church premises in order to enhance facilities for conducting community outreach programmes, improve the efficient usage of the existing facilities and help in the establishment of the Church as a Community Hub.

These works have allowed the church to maintain and expand its existing community programmes and provide an improved environment for young and old people alike. The community outreach services provided by the Church will help tackle issues such as mental health, misuse of drugs and alcohol and help divert young people away from anti-social behaviour which is an issue in the catchment area of the Church.  Valuable programmes are also available for elderly people which will help to enhance their quality of life and mental health issues whilst improving their social interactions in a safe and secure environment. The addition of improved disabled access will ensure that the hub and all the activities are widely accessible and inclusive to all.

Progress to date

The project has completed and is operational.  The refurbishment of the Glenburn Methodist Church has established a valuable community hub, in a central locale, providing a wide range of increased community services suited to meet the needs of all residents in the Glenburn area and wider SIF Belfast East Zone.


Monitoring and evaluation of all Social Investment Fund projects is carried out using “Outcomes Based Accountability” (OBA). Where SIF has funded capital works, the project provides quarterly “post-capital” data for a period of 3 years which details the positive impacts enabled by the capital works undertaken. The final capital infographic below highlights some of the key impacts of the project to date. The Glenburn project is in the final stages of capital OBA returns and OBA data collection is ongoing for the final post capital infographic.

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