Spring 2021 Newsletter

Culmore Youth Forum And Youth Club Opening At The Hub

After a tough Winter for everyone we are pleased to announce that we will be opening the Hub for our Youth Club and Forum from the week beginning 9th May 2021. We can’t wait to welcome the children and young people from Culmore into our new facilities.

As an Education Authority funded Youth Club, we will be adhering to EA governing guidelines at all sessions. The health, well-being and safety of our young people, volunteers and staff are our priority.

We have been running our Youth Club and Forum over Zoom since November with many local children and young people joining us. When we open our doors in May all sessions are limited to a maximum of 15 people. We don’t want anyone to miss out on a place, so we are offering 6 sessions per week.

Monday 9th May Every Monday (Covid-19 restrictions permitting)
4.30pm – 5.30pm Junior & Intermediate Youth Forum 8-13yrs
5.45pm – 6.45pm Senior Youth Forum 14 – 17yrs
Tuesday 10th May Every Tuesday (Covid-19 restrictions permitting)
4.30pm – 5.30pm Junior Youth Club 8-10yrs
5.45pm-6.45pm Intermediate Youth Club 11-13yrs
Thursday 11th May Every Thursday (Covid-19 restrictions permitting)
5.30pm-6.30pm Senior Youth Club 14-16 yrs
6.45pm-7.45pm Junior Leaders 17+

Please complete our Online Registration form before attending the Youth Club or Forum (email una@culmorehub.org). We do anticipate a lot of interest and know we won’t be able to accommodate everyone. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis but we will have a waiting list and as Covid-19 restrictions are eased, we will provide additional places.

Covid-19 Safety Guidance for Parents/Guardians

It is vital that we protect the health, well-being and safety of our children, volunteer, staff and the wider community.  We need your co-operation to do that.  When we open the Youth Club and Forum we need parents/guardians to strictly adherer to our guidelines.  Please take some time to talk to your child about the guidelines before they attend their first session.

What we need you to do:

  • Do not send your child/young person to the youth centre or youth the Hub if they are unwell or displaying COVID-19 related symptoms (high temperature, new or persistent cough and/or loss or taste or smell).
  • Provide us with up-to-date emergency contact numbers, to enable us to deliver on the Test, Trace and Protect system.
  • Contact the Hub Manager immediately, if you are aware that your child has come into contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
  • Only send your child/young person to their allocated session. Each young person will be allocated a session time; CCP will confirm the day and time of this. They must not attend the Hub outside of this time and will not be given access.
  • Ask your child/young person not to gather in groups at the Hub; either outside, the gates, at the entrance to the Hub or in the entrance hall.
  • If you are returning to collect your child, please do this at the allocated time given to you by the Hub Manager. This will be specific to ensure that there are not groups of parents gathering outside to collect their children.
  • Make sure your child/young person knows they must leave the Hub and grounds when their session is over, so crowds are not able to gather, and social distancing measures are followed.
  • Ensure your child washes their hands before they attend the session and when they return home.
  • Face coverings are not mandatory in youth centres, but it is acceptable if you wish your child or young person to wear one.

What we will do:

  • Ensure that all children/young people and staff practice social distancing measures.
  • Children/young people will be allocated a specific room and equipment that will be cleaned before and after each session.
  • Show your child/young person how to wash their hands as directed by the PHA. We will expect your child/young person to follow PHA guidance of regular handwashing and will reinforce the message of Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.
  • Have soap and handtowels available throughout sessions, we will also provide children/ young people with hand sanitiser.
  • No food or drinks will be provided to children/young people during this period of COVID-19 and we ask you not to send food or drinks to the Hub, in order to reduce the risk of young people sharing and having contact with each other.
  • There will be no sports played or any form of contact activity until it is safe to do so.
  • Equipment will be kept to a minimum and not shared.


We are currently undertaking some work at the Hub to replace the roof; this has been funded by the Clothworkers’ Foundation and will complete the extensive renovation works to Culmore Community Hub (Victoria Hall). Over the past 3 years CCP has secured almost £500,000 to make the Hub a safe, accessible and welcoming place for everyone living in Culmore.

We want everyone in the Culmore community to be able to access our facilities at the Hub. We are currently undertaking a wide range of improvements to make the Hub accessible to those who are living with a range of disabilities including mobility issues, hearing impairment and cognitive impairment.

A big thank you to Derry City & Strabane District Council Access Programme for supporting us with the purchase a lift and installation of a ramp & automatic door. Thanks also The National Lottery Community Fund for providing the funding to build the lift shaft. Our first-floor facilities are now accessible for everyone visiting the Hub. DCSDC Access Programme has also provided funding for the resurfacing of the carpark and new steps, provision of baby-changing facilities, an induction loop system for those with hearing impairment and some all-weather mats. All of the work will be completed by mid-Summer 2021, hopefully by this stage Covid-19 restrictions will have been further eased and we can open our doors to the whole community.


With Covid-19 restrictions relaxing we are looking forward to seeing all of our parents and toddlers again, we will be starting our walking club again on Wednesday 5th May, we will meet up at Culmore Country Park at 11.30am for a chat and a stroll.   If you want to join us, please book your place by e-mailing una@culmorehub.org. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions we have a maximum of 15 places available so make sure to book early!

Many thanks to everyone who responded to our recent questionnaire regarding the type of services you would like delivered for parents and toddlers.  As a result, when Covid-19 restrictions allow, we will be providing a range of sessions in the Hub to help support you as parents and provide opportunities to assist in your child’s development.  We will also be introducing a Tea & Talk weekly session to give local parents, grandparents, carers, and young children the opportunity to make new friends and support one another.


Get your walking shoes on and get over to Culmore Country Park on Thursday 6th May at 11.30am.  After months of being stuck at home with too much sitting on the sofa and comfort eating, we all need to get moving again. If you want to join us, please book your place by e-mailing una@culmorehub.org. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions we have a maximum of 15 places available so make sure to book early!


Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee has approved plans to develop a cycling and walking route, linking the city to Muff in County Donegal. The proposed development will see an 8.5km route constructed, beginning on the quay trail at Penny Burn, connecting to Canning’s Lane, Muff via the Culmore, Culmore Point and Coney Road. Once developed, the greenway will connect to the proposed Muff greenway, which Donegal County Council is on course to commence by summer this year.

The work is a key capital project in Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Strategic Growth Plan, which commits to connecting people and opportunities through infrastructure, while promoting neighbourhood enhancement through the development of local environmental improvement facilities. Funding has been provided by INTERREG VA, administered by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), with match-funding from the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland and the Department for Transport in Ireland.

Chair of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee, Cllr Christopher Jackson, welcomed the planning approval and spoke of Council’s commitment to investing in the area. He said: “Along with the investment promised under the City Deal and Inclusive Future Fund, this new development underpins Council’s commitment to developing and enhancing our green infrastructure assets. Expanding upon our established greenway, walking and cycling infrastructure is another indication of our region’s commitment to sustainable development. The completed project will provide a safer and more user-friendly experience, while playing a key role in encouraging the public to get outside and get active to reap the health and wellbeing benefits of physical activity. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, being active has taken on greater significance for many people.”


A huge thanks to Derry City & Strabane District Council for providing funding for this year’s Culmore Community Festival.  After months of lockdown we are all ready to get out and enjoy ourselves, meet our neighbours and learn more about our community.

We are gearing up to deliver a fantastic line up of activities for all the community.  This year’s Culmore Community Festival will run from May to December, we’ll have sports, entertainment, culture, health & well-being, literature, music, dance, and lots of fun!!

Here’s a taste of what’s on offer

Culmore Kids Jamboree – Parents and children under 7 years will engage in an afternoon of music, song and dance in the Park followed by a tea party. We will be joined by cartoon characters and entertainers.

Culmore Youth Arts Festival – Our young people will help us deliver a series of music, art, film and dance workshops at the Hub.

Family Sports Day –  Something for everyone with our adults 5k run/kids 1k run/sports competitions in partnership with Culmore Youth Football Club and Cú Chulainn’s GAA and a host of fun activities including sack races, spud & spoon races etc. We’ll have music and entertainment for those who prefer to support from the sidelines.

Discover Culmore Walking Festival – in partnership with the Culmore History Group we will deliver a series of 5 guided walks in the Culmore area to provide local people aged 50+ with a unique opportunity to explore their locality and discover its rich history.

Drive in Movie night – a special treat for all the family we will providing an open-air cinema experience.

Culmore Literary Festival – this Halloween we will be joined by local writers, poets, broadcasters, and storytellers to entertain the whole community. We will have spooky Halloween storytelling sessions for the kids and creative writing workshops for those aged 12-17 years.

Arts, heritage and Culture – explore your creativity and unique local perspective by engaging in our photography, art and poetry competitions.

Christmas Parade – we will end the Culmore Community Festival with a special visit by Santa and his Elves.  Santa had such a great time last year he has told us he wants to come back to Culmore to meet all the local kids again.

All events will be risk assessed to ensure we are strictly adhering to government Covid-19 guidelines, if necessary some activities will be delivered online.



With so much going on we need lots of volunteers so if you fancy dressing up as a cartoon character to help out at our Kids Jamboree, directing traffic at the Drive in Movie or would prefer to help with our Youth Club please contact una@culmorehub.org for a Volunteer Registration form.  We will carry out an Access NI check and provide the training you need for your volunteering role.

Thanks to our Funders

This project was part funded under Priority 6 (LEADER) of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the European Union

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