South Belfast Partnership Board marks 20-year anniversary with new name and new lease of life

South Belfast Partnership Board

The South Belfast Partnership Board has revealed a new name and logo just in time for its 20-year anniversary. The newly-titled ‘Forward South Partnership’ is celebrating two decades of development and regeneration in Belfast’s most diverse community, which during this time has benefitted from £8.1 million of investment thanks to the work of the partnership.

The new name and dynamic new branding have been chosen to reflect the progressive and energetic approach of the board, which is preparing to release its new Three Year Strategic Plan in the coming weeks.

Chair of the Forward South Partnership Michael Graham explained: “Over the last 20 years the board has invested significantly in cultivating tangible progress and regeneration within the South Belfast community and we felt it was more important than ever, on our twentieth birthday, that we reflect the momentum and enthusiasm that we have for further strengthening the area’s offering.

“Our new logo focusses on people, and that’s absolutely reflective of the work we do: we are people-centric and motivated by the community of South Belfast to work collaboratively to create the best environment possible for our diverse range of stakeholders to live in, work in and visit.”

Although the board’s branding has undergone a transformation, its mission remains the same: to drive regeneration in the South Belfast area in a holistic and integrative sense.

Established in the wake of the Good Friday Agreement, the board co-ordinates and represents over 180 community and voluntary groups in South Belfast, and has brought about successful initiatives such as Digital Youth, the South Belfast Roundtable on Racism and the Early Intervention Project, the latter of which, it has recently been revealed, produced over £600,000 in investment over three years and created 36 jobs in the community.

Chief Executive of the Forward South Partnership, Briege Arthurs stated: “We all know that physical and economic regeneration are key drivers in the success story of any urban area, but the Forward South Partnership very much believes that social issues such as education, health and inclusiveness must go hand-in-hand with that.

“The Forward South Partnership is strongly committed to sustainable investment in all of these community issues for the decades to come and to delivering further tangible results through our Strategic Plan which will benefit and advance this diverse and vibrant community.”

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