Community Profile

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The locality I have based my community profile on is Ardoyne. I feel that Ardoyne is familiar enough for me to carry out my research as I have lived here all my life. Although my project is based in Belfast city centre, we work with many groups and young people from the Ardoyne area. this would prove beneficial to myself as I would sometimes have already developed a relationship with the young people through community life.

I will firstly explore the community I have chosen by speaking to local people, using photographs, and recordings of my observations. In doing so I intend to create a picture and overall feeling of the community as well as the people who live here. This data will be accompanied by my own comments in which I will explain why they’re relevant and which aspects of the community they talk about.

The aspect of community life I have choose to research and improve is the ‘drinking culture’ within Ardoyne. My clear objective for the profile is to have a much more educated understanding of this issue within the community. This will encourage me and give me the confidence to understand more in depth what role I can play in improving the aspect of community life

I will end with a conclusion and bibliography.

Ardoyne is a council estate situated in north Belfast with a general make up of Irish nationalist and catholic residents. The photograph I have provided to the right shows the terrace style housing that runs throughout the community. In 2006 there were 2533 domestic properties in Ardoyne:

·Terraced - 90.8%
·Apartments - 6.8%
·Semi-Detached - 2.2%
·Detached - 0.1%

The population for Ardoyne in 2008 was estimated at 6106, of which 27.5% were children, 36.1% were young working age adults, 21.8% were older working age adults and 14.5% were older people.

The statistic shows that young adults/teenagers make up most of the population throughout the community. The 36.1% represents around 2198 people of the overall 6106 population. Ardoyne was also notorious for making the headlines during the troubles from 1969 to late 2000. During these years of conflict with Loyalist elements, Royal Ulster Constabulary and the British army, Republican paramilitary organizations have had a major influence in the area.

Rioting and violence often occurs in Ardoyne during the orange order’s marching season in July. The road is an "interface", where nationalist and unionist communities meet. The nationalist residents of Ardoyne oppose what they see as their rights being trampled on. while marchers state their right to "walk the Queen's highway", along their traditional route.

I would describe the size of Ardoyne as small considering the high population of people. While walking around the community I decided to time myself at a steady pace to record how long it would take to walk around the complete area. I managed to walk around the outskirts in just under one hour. I have provided a map of the Ardoyne area, green marking the outskirts and path I walked.

My observation of the area was that of long narrowing streets with extending snake like housing which seemed to go on as far as the eye could see. Each house having a small garden containing dogs or cars. Most cars being parked on the roadside creating cramped and unhealthy driving conditions on the road. A shop, pub or fast food place never seemed to be far out of reach. Each mural reminding and educating me of the history of the area as I walked on.

I could hear the hustle and bustle of cars speeding by as well as fireworks going off in the air. It seems the closer you get to Halloween in Ardoyne the more fireworks you will get going off. Although all this is going on I feel completely comfortable and at ease as this is the area I grew up and still live.

The picture I have attached on the top...
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