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 grew to the point of mobilizing 2000+ young people out to work in communities across Belfast while partnering with over 30 churches and community organisations. This had a profound impact in the city. Yet the long term aim was to inspire young people and churches to be active in their own home towns and communities.
We have seen almost 20 similar local projects springing up across the Province since those original ‘StreetReach’ days reaching in to: Lisburn, Lurgan, Bangor, Antrim, Ballymena, L’Derry, Dromore, Portadown…and others!
Then the Summer Madness camp moved from Belfast to the East Antrim Coast in 2012 as the RUAS broke up their site on the Lisburn road and moved out to the Maze. Since then Summer Madness has continued to thrive in the grounds of the Antrim Castle Estate 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