Building Ballysally Together, based in Coleraine, welcomed the Queen’s representative in the County, Lord Lieutenant Mrs Alison Millar and one of her Deputy Lieutenants Mrs Lorraine Young, to see around their allotment project at the heart of the estate. It followed on from the reception held by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council during the celebrations to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee recognising local recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Building Ballysally Together won the QAVS in 2015 and in conversation at the event they invited the Lord Lieutenant to visit to see how the group continues to grow from strength to strength.

The Lord Lieutenant and Mrs Lorraine Young DL spent a delightful couple of hours with some of the volunteers and were amazed at all the various projects, activities and training opportunities being made available…Chefs, gardeners, teachers, librarians, bingo, beauticians, food and clothes banks, Youth workers ….“We were so impressed to see how well everyone worked together across the generations, there was a lovely family feel. Building Ballysally Together is a real oasis for the residents of the estate. Congratulations and well done to one and all. AND their visit was nicely wrapped up with cuppa and fresh baked scones in their Community Cafe!