Professor Peter McBride, Inspire's Chief Executive is delighted to announce some exciting recent developments that have taken place within our charity and social enterprise.
We have been inspired to move the location of our offices and counselling services to help us create our very own 'inspiration point' for wellbeing.
Our aspiration as a charity and social enterprise is to impact positively on the wellbeing of everyone in all aspects of their lives. To help achieve this, for that past year, we have been working towards relocating our organisation’s NI Central Office and administrative facilities to a more visible and accessible location at Lombard House.
Our ambition for Lombard House is the creation of a landmark building situated in the heart of Belfast which is open and accessible to all, that will in itself become an ‘Inspiration Point’ for the wellbeing of all who enter it.
The location is key, Lombard House is situated right in the midst of a significant regeneration project being driven forward by Belfast City Council which will see major investment by both the private and public sector that will transform that part of the city and see it become a vibrant and buzzing hub for work, study, rest and play.
Our vision is one of a Resilience Centre providing advice, services, supports and activities that the many, many thousands of people in and around that area can ‘tap into’ in an easy, relaxed and accessible way.
Lombard House gives us the opportunity to bring various aspects of our work currently carried out in different locations all under one roof, and to extend our organisation’s service delivery to a wide range of new audiences who will be literally ‘on our doorstep’ and its central location makes it easier to find and more accessible than our current office facilities.
Lombard House will also feature on the ground floor a charming and informal Bistro which will fast become a social and cultural hub, playing host to a number of wellbeing, arts, music and recreational events. The first floor will house a number of cosy and inviting meeting rooms and a state-of-the-art training suite that will be ideal for delivery of counselling sessions and other gatherings.
To coincide with this, we have been further inspired to coordinate the launch our exciting new Inspire family brand with our move, which I am confident will strengthen the ability of our organisation to draw attention and support from others as we strive to fulfil our vision of wellbeing for all.
Niamh will in future be known as Inspire, Beacon will be known as Inspire Mental Health, Inspire Wellbeing will become known as Inspire Disability Services and Carecall will become known as Inspire Workplaces, Inspire Students and Inspire Knowledge & Leadership.
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