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Together Building A United Community


The ‘Together: Building a United Community’ (TBUC) Strategy published on May 23 2013, reflects the DCAL’s commitment to improving community relations and continuing the journey towards a more united and shared society.

The Minister for Cultural, Arts and Leisure has set aside £500,000 for community festivals and projects under TBUC.

In making the announcement, the Minister said: “Since taking office, I have worked tirelessly to ensure that culture, arts and leisure is used to promote equality, tackle poverty and enhance social inclusion. This has been the key priority for my department and its arm’s length bodies”.

Key priorities

The strategy outlines how government, community and individuals will work together to build a united community and achieve change against the following key priorities:

  • our children and young people
  • our shared community
  • our safe community
  • our cultural expression

Improving Life Chances at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, which stands as a state of the art outdoor centre and is located on the northern edge of the Mourne Mountains is delighted to announce they have secured £19,000 to deliver focused outdoor recreational experiences to people (aged 10+) with mental health and learning difficulties therefore helping to address some of the key priorities outlined in the TBUC strategy and developing good relations.

It is our aim to engage with young people from a range of organisations and provide outdoor recreational opportunities, such as hillwalking, mountain biking, rockclimbing, canoeing, orienteering, etc. We have over 40 years experience delivering skills courses to those trying an adventure sport for the first time to experienced outdoor enthusiast, so rest assured you will be in safe hands! Furthermore, we are an Adventuremark Accredited organisation. Adventuremark assures customers that our arrangements for managing the potential risks of adventure activities have been inspected and found to meet the necessary standards of good practice in the adventure activity industry.  And if that doesn’t convince you of our standing in the outdoor industry, we have been recently voted ‘Best Skills Course Provider’ in the 2015 OutdoorNI Awards in association with Surf Mountain.

The Centre’s on site facilities include high and low ropes courses, indoor and outdoor climbing walls, kayak rolling pool and mountain bike skills course. We also offer twin ensuite accommodation and have a range of changing facilities to suit different organisations, excellent dining facilities, coffee lounge facilities, information on the Mournes, and a range of meeting and conference rooms.


If you/your organisation fits the following criteria then we’d love to hear from you.

  1. Do you/your organisation work with people with a mental and/or learning disability?
  2. Would you have a minimum of 4 people who would be interested in trying out at least one outdoor adventure activity such as hillwalking, mountain biking, canoeing, rockclimbing, orienteering, etc?
  3. Would you/your group be able to visit the Centre between now and 31st March 2016?
  4. Don’t have a budget? Don’t worry as Tollymore National Outdoor Centre will 100% subsidise your group’s activity at the Centre.   If you like to further enhance your visit to the Centre you can also stay overnight in our twin ensuite bedrooms and all meals can be provided.

If you wish to discuss this further or would like to check availability please do not hesitate to contact Helen Donnelly via email at  or alternatively email us at . If the dates don’t suit you but you would still like to consider visiting the Centre please do not hesitate to contact us.

For more information on Together Building a United Community please visit OFMDFM

We look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

The Tollymore Team

          Best Skills Course Provider 2015


Current situation

As you are probably aware the current advice from the Northern Ireland Executive, Health Promotion Agency NI and Health & Safety Executive NI, as well as our expert group within Sport NI is that we cannot deliver any face to face courses for our customers including use of the Hot Rock Climbing Wall.

We know that you and many others like minded folk are very keen to get back on track with your plans to attend and complete a range of personal skills training and qualifications in a range of disciplines.

Believe us when we say we are equally keen to get outside with you and help you reach your goals and complete that journey.

How do we know? Because every day we get emails and phone calls asking when will courses resume and with every NI Executive mention of easing of restrictions the emails and phone calls are more frequent……