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Home Schooling and GCSE Support

22nd February 2021

West Belfast Partnership Board
February 2021


Welcome to West Belfast Partnership’s ezine update with our latest news and links to some of our resources and programmes!

West Belfast Partnership promotes and supports the regeneration of West Belfast. We work with community, statutory, political and business sectors to improve the lives of people living in the west of the city and to get a better deal for West Belfast, its people and places.


Cycle Safe in West Belfast!


West Belfast Partnership is now facilitating a local Cycling group of individuals, local representatives, community and environmental groups who want to see safe, accessible commuter cycle routes in west Belfast connected to the rest of the city and beyond.

So if you are interested why not join us at a meeting on Wednesday 24th February 2021 at 10.00.a.m. by zoom. Join in the discussion, give us your views and find out about current Department for Infrastructure plans for cycle routes in west Belfast.

For further information contact Geraldine McAteer at [email protected].
Telephone 02890 809202 Monday – Friday 9am – 1pm

Sign up to Blackie River Community Group’s Safe Cycle Routes Petition to Minister for Infrastructure!

Blackie River Community Centre in Beechmount is campaigning for safe cycling routes in the west. For more information and to sign the Petition click on the link here.


Lockdown Heroes – Home-schooling Parents!


Parenting during the pandemic is definitely very challenging – especially if you have to home school your children on top of working from home, the normal day to day household tasks and COVID restrictions. Please remember – you are not in this alone and there is light at the end of the tunnel!

Below we list some tips on home schooling and give you links to useful resources such as West Belfast Partnership’s Zoom education classes and other helpful services that you may need.


Combining Home-schooling and Working from Home will be less stressful if you:

Be realistic – do not set unachievable targets

Prioritise materials and subjects – concentrate on subjects and activities your child enjoys

Set routines and rewards – this will allow you time to complete your own work

Prepare for work phone calls and Zoom meetings by preparing an activity or task to keep your child occupied whist you are on your call or meeting.

Exercise – take a break and get some fresh air! This will break the day up and help keep you all focused and less stressed.

There are no right or wrongs in this. Take this opportunity to build relationships with your family and enjoy the extra time.  We will come out the other side stronger and better equipped to support each other and re-join the workplace.


WBPB GCSE Maths Support Page Lots of useful videos and tips on various GCSE Maths topics.
WBPB GCSE English Support Page Lots of useful videos and tips on various English topics.
Education Authority All the latest information on school admissions, free school meals etc.
Support for young people and parents.
Support for online learning.
BBC Bitesize Lockdown learning support for primary, secondary and post 16.
Think you Know Great site for internet safety for all age groups.
Department for Education NI Useful information for parents
NSPCC Support for parents mental health
Corbett Maths Free Maths support
My Maths Subscription based maths supports offers 30 day free trial
Hegarty Maths Offers a free trial of a tool called Numerise
NSPCC How to help your child cope with their mental health


Transformative Leadership Programme
Register Now!


Fully Funded online ILM Level 3

Commencing Friday 5th March – 7th May 2021
Each Friday at 1.30pm – 4pm via Zoom

The month of March is fast approaching and with it comes a new opportunity to register for the Transformative Leadership Programme – a fully funded ILM accredited Level 3 qualification.
Delivered by West Belfast Partnership, the Programme is part of Belfast City Council’s wider Peace IV Transform for Change programme.

What will you gain by joining the course?

You’ll be taking part in a world standard leadership training course designed uniquely for Belfast.

You’ll gain leadership skills and confidence to work with people from other communities and sectors and share ideas on how to make life better in interface areas.

You’ll meet and build relationships with others who have an interest in your neighbourhood, and the future of Belfast more widely. This can include people from local communities, from public sector agencies such as the Council, the Housing Executive and government departments, local politicians, people involved in political parties and faith based groups.

You’ll have the opportunity to work on a collaborative project with people from other sectors and backgrounds who are interested in addressing the same issues as you.

You’ll have opportunities to engage more deeply in developments that affect the future of Belfast, including the Belfast Agenda.

You can get accreditation at Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 (this is optional).

You’ll get opportunities to visit other areas across the north and south of Ireland and Great Britain and find out how collaborative working has led to solutions to local issues (Covid Restrictions permitting).

This course will have a focus on the Village / Westlink interface area in Belfast.
If You Are Interested Please Register Your Details On The Link Below Selecting Village As Soon As Possible As Places Are Limited.

Or contact Joe Duffy at West Belfast Partnership. Telephone 02890 809202 9am – 1pm Monday – Friday or email [email protected]


Volunteer at Forth Meadow Greenway


FREE Cycle skills and Walk Leader Training at Forth Meadow Community Greenway

Forth Meadow Community Greenway is a new £5.1 million EU PEACE IV-funded project to connect existing open spaces in north and west Belfast along a 12 km route leading to the new Transport Hub in the city centre. This video explains it in a little more detail.

Sustrans and Intercomm are working in partnership to recruit and train a team of volunteers in a range of walking and cycling activities alongside mediation skills. These volunteers will be supported to then empower and lead people to enjoy the Forth Meadow Community Greenway and promote the shared space.

The volunteer walk and cycle leaders will have accessible and free training delivered by Sustrans and Intercomm. The training will empower volunteers to promote positive relationships, encourage dialogue and support efforts to bring about shared community use through walking and cycling activities on the Greenway and in surrounding communities.

Information Events
Interested? Why don’t you join one of the online information sessions, which will provide more detail on the programme and answer any questions.

Monday 22nd Feb 2021: 1pm – 2pm

Monday 22nd Feb 2021: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

For more information contact Gordie Walker to register for any of the above sessions.

Contact Details: Email [email protected] Telephone 028 90352165 
Mob: 07766 763174

What Organisers can offer you:
The Greenway is at the heart of this project and we need volunteers to bring it to life and encourage local people to get out walking and cycling. If you’re interested in your area and appreciate the green space then volunteering for this project may be just up your street – literally!

Here is a little taster of the type of free activities and training available:
•           Accredited mediation training
•           Led walks and rides to explore the Forth Meadow Community Greenway
•           Cycle skills
•           Accredited cycle leader or walk leader training
•           Bike Fix Basics: introduction to basic bicycle maintenance
•           Safeguarding training
•           First aid training


GCSE Maths and English –
Check out our Zoom classes and FaceBook


There are no official GCSE exams this year but it is still important that students can show understanding and progression in their subjects in order to get the highest grades possible. West Belfast Partnership have continued with our online supports for students at GCSE level English and Maths. Our GCSE English and Maths classes on Face Book have proved very useful, easy to follow and popular with students. Here are the links:


GCSE Maths Zoom Classes – Places available

West Belfast Partnership have places available for Zoom classes in GCSE Maths at Foundation level and Higher level. The zoom classes are as follows:

Tuesdays 4.30pm to 5.30pm Foundation Tier Maths

Thursdays 4.30pm to 5.30pm Foundation Tier Maths

Thursdays 8pm to 9pm Higher Tier Maths

If you wish to book a place contact Louise Brennan, Education Coordinator at
Telephone:  02890 809202 Monday – Friday 9am – 1pm.
Mobile:   07715877965 or by email 
[email protected] .

The zoom classes are taught by fully qualified teachers with wide experience of teaching their subject. To join the classes you must be year 12 in a local West Belfast post primary or live in the west Belfast area.

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