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Lend a Helping Hand in your Borough

Have you ever wanted to volunteer but not sure where to start? Now is the perfect opportunity to get involved. To honour King Charles III and his decades of public service during the Coronation weekend, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is teaming up with different community organisations to host seven events across the Borough for ‘The Big Help Out’ on Monday 8 May!

The objective of The Big Help Out is to raise awareness of volunteering throughout the UK and provide opportunities for people to experience volunteering and make a difference in their communities, making lasting connections with local voluntary groups in the process. From environmental work on Ram’s Island, planting in Toome, Antrim and Whiteabbey, clean-ups in Burnside and Monkstown and crafting in Glengormley, we have opportunities for every age and ability:




Lough Neagh and River Bann Association Company

11am – 2pm (Lunch 1pm)


Environmental Work on Rams Island


Meet at Sandy Bay Marina 17A Shore Road, Glenavy, BT28 2LQ at 10am for boat trip to the Island.


Weather Dependent

Friends of Antrim Castle Gardens

11am – 2pm (Lunch 1pm)


Planting at Antrim Castle Gardens


Meet at Clotworthy House, Antrim Castle Gardens, Randalstown Road, Antrim, BT41 4LH

Burnside Village Committee

11am – 1pm


Burnside Riverside Walk and Community Clean Up


Meet at the Car Park, Kelburn Park, Burnside at 11am

TIDAL - Toome

11am – 2pm (Lunch 1pm)


Horticultural Work at the Cottage Garden, Lock Keepers Cottage, Toome


Meet at TIDAL 55 Main Street, Toomebridge, BT41 3TF at 10.30am

Community Relations Forum

11am – 2pm (Lunch 1pm)


Arts and Crafts/Card Making in Association with Local Nursing Homes


Meet at The Barron Hall 230 Antrim Road, Glengormley, BT36 7QX at 11am

Whiteabbey Community Group

11am – 2pm (Lunch 1pm)


Horticulture Project in the New Community Garden. Assisting those with Disabilities.


Meet at Whiteabbey Community Centre 55 Glenville Road, Newtownabbey, BT37 OTA at 11am

Monkstown Community Association

11am – 2pm (Lunch 1pm)


Spring Clean Up in Threemilewater Park and Monkstown Wood.


Meet in the Car Park at Threemilewater Park, 466 Doagh Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 6AP at 11am

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman Stephen Ross commented, “As well as being extremely rewarding and providing a sense of purpose, volunteering can help you make friends, learn new skills and improve your self-confidence. If you can spare a few hours on Monday 8 May, I would urge you to get involved in The Big Help Out. Alternatively, if you are a community/voluntary group and are organising your own event, let us know and we can promote it.”

Help us to do something amazing. Join in, lend a hand and make a change. Sign up now to take part in one of our Big Help Out Events or if you are part of a community/voluntary group and are planning a Big Help Out event of your own let us know at antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/The-Big-Help-Out