The APP Project (Achieving Personal Potential)

The APP Project is a new and innovative cross-community project running in four prominent interface areas of North Belfast.

Shankill Women’s Centre is the lead partner working in conjunction with mini contract holders: Carrickhill Residents Association, Ballysillan Community Forum, Skegoneill & Glandore Common Purpose and Greater Whitewell Community Surgery. The project is funded by The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) and Atlantic Philanthropies.

The APP Project caters for two age groups: Primary School (P6 & P7) and Secondary School (Years 8-10). The main focus is to provide the young people with a homework/revision space in an afterschool setting and also to give them the opportunity to take part in new activities and experiences which they may not have previously had the chance to encounter, such as; dance, drama, music, arts & crafts and lifeskills. This is all centered on the shared learning environment which allows young people from all faiths, backgrounds and traditions to interact in an inclusive  and respectful environment.

Here are some photos of the work going on in the different areas.


For more images of the young people at work click here.


The APP Project manager, Mark McFerran said,

“This is a great way to engage our young people in building cross-community relationships while at the same time raising educational achievement and creating new and fun experiences within communities which really need support to improve their quality of life.”


If you know any children or young people in P6/P7 or Year 8-10 who live in, or attend a school in North Belfast and would be interested in taking part in The APP Project, contact Mark McFerran on 028 90240642 or 028 90278282 or 07511577310 or via email:

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