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Carew II - Family and Training Centre - Inner East Belfast

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About Carew II

Carew II is a family and training Centre owned and managed by the Newtownards Road Women's Group Ltd (NRWG). The NRWG Ltd are a group of women from inner East Belfast and were formed in 1991 in a direct response to the threat of closure of a local Family Centre. As previous users of the Centre we felt an obligation to work to ensure the provision was there for other families.

The current Centre - Carew II - is located in a new building in Tamar Street, off the Newtownards Road and has been operating since August 2000, although the NRWG Ltd came into existence almost ten years before this.

The Original Centre - Carew I

This was the first Playgroup in Belfast and it was opened in 1967 by Save the Children Fund. The Carew Street Family Centre provided support to families in a portacabin type building which was purpose built for a playgroup and AfterSchool Club.

Save the Children fund went through a period of change where they re-prioritized their work and moved on to concentrate on working at policy level. After extensive meetings, training and dedication the women’s group proved to Save the Children that not only were they able to manage a project, but that they had the dedication to make it work.


In 1993 the Women’s Group eventually took over the management of the Centre with minimal financial support. After a very quick 2 years local people recognized that this had changed into a community project and the demand for facilities and levels of services increased. The group were constantly under pressure to provide the services the community were requesting from them. This led to them looking at their future as a service provider and what was possible, and to further this a Development Plan for 1995 – 2000 was created. The Plan was designed in a way which linked local need to ability of the group to manage services and the condition of the building.

For more information about our future plans please feel free to contact the Centre and ask for either Heather or Christine.

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