StreetReach is a five day community outreach project with a festival feel in Carrickfergus, Larne and the coastal areas.
The project will be run by young people with the aim of regenerating hope. It’s a collaboration of faith, community and statutory agencies working towards a legacy of leadership.
Our aims are to:
- Engage young local, national and international volunteers
- Create a community festival atmosphere
- Inspire young people to lead in their communities
StreetReach historically was the missional experience offered by Summer Madness and the Church Army in the summers of 2003 – 2007.
It sent over 3000 young people out to work in communities in Belfast and partnered with over 30 churches and community organisations across greater Belfast. The long term aim was to inspire young people and churches to be active in their communities and with almost 20 similar local missions springing in up since StreetReach, it’s fair to say this aim was achieved.
Summer Madness moved from Belfast to the East Antrim Coast in 2012 and since then has established itself as a thriving faith based summer festival in Glenarm.
In recent years, the Education Authority Youth Service Area Plan has indicated a lack of capacity, a need for leadership development and a requirement to provide essential services within Carrick and Larne and so the proposal to partner with Summer Madness and YMCA Ireland in delivering StreetReach was successfully formed.
STREETREACH OVER THE YEARS