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SANTA IN THE FOREST!

WE ARE RECRUITING

Colin Glen Trust / Colin Park are recruiting a Casual Receptionist.

Applicants should be flexible and available to work varied hours which will include evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

You will work as part of a team across our two sites ensuring customer retention, customer excellence, maximum sales and accurate data collection.

To request an application pack, please email sharon@colinglentrust.org stating the position you are interested in.

We shall appoint the most suitably qualified candidate using a process of shortlisting and interview.

The Colin Glen Trust are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The closing date for completed applications is Friday 11th October 2013 at 4pm.

Applications received after this date will not be accepted.
 

Sales and Marketing Assistant required

Are you 18-24 and looking to expand your skills in sales and marketing?

Colin Glen Trust are now hiring a new Sales and Marketing assistant through DEL's Youth Employment Scheme to help co-ordinate marketing within Colin Glen Trust.

With specific focus on the Trust's facilities such as the new outdoor activity centre, SKYTrek and Colin Park Leisure, a multi-sports complex.

For full details about this fantastic opportunity to gain a 9 month placement, please click here http://www.jobcentreonline.com/JCOLFront/FreeSearchJobDetails.aspx?VRef=1091976&FreeSearch=colin&SortBy=Date&Desc=True&JobNo=1

Please note, you must apply directly through the Job Centre Online.

SKYTrek Open Fun Day - Find out more here!

SKYTrek Open Fun Day on Saturday 10th August was a roaring success here at Colin Glen Forest Park!'Like' SKYTrek on Facebook and have a look at some of our photos from the day here on Facebook...https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.226750364141666.1073741842.187790471370989&type=1

SKYTrek is now open and you can book online instantly at http://www.skytrek.tv. Prices are 10% cheaper online.

SKYTrek is open for anyone to try, both individual and groups!Sessions commence at 9:30am and last approximately 1hr 30mins per session until 5pm. Our summer evening session starts at 6:30pm - 8pm.

You can walk-in and try SKYTrek at any stage during the day until 5pm. However you must be here at least 15mins before the next session is due to start.

If you have any questions, please call us on 02890614115 or email susan@colinglentrust.org

SKYTREK OPEN FUN DAY DETAILS

SKYTrek Open Fun Day & 'Youth Empowerment Program' Launch
Colin Glen Forest Park, 163 Stewartstown Road, Belfast, BT17 0HQ

SKYTrek Open Fun Day allows all visitors to come and experience SKYTrek and more for FREE!We will also be launching the Colin Glen 'Youth Empowerment Program' for 11-20year olds in the local Colin area and you can find out more from the information desk here. The fun day is suitable for all ages and SKYTrek sessions are available for those 5 years old and up.

SKYTrek

Due to the high numbers expected at the event, it is impossible to cater for everyone due to health and safety reasons.

SKYTrek TASTER Sessions will run from 11am – 3pm in 30min slots (includes safety briefing). In order to get a free taster session, you must visit the Check-In desk which is located outside on the path leading into SKYTrek. We will hand out SKYTrek passes (1 per person) every hour at the Check-In desk on a first come, first serve basis for the following sessions:

Passes given out at 11:00am

Session 1                     11:00am
Session 2                     11:30am

Passes given out at 11:45am

Session 3                     12:00am
Session 4                     12:30am

Passes given out at 12:45pm

Session 5                     1:00pm
Session 6                     1:30pm

Passes given out at 1:45pm

Session 7                     2:00pm
Session 8                     2:30pm

Passes given out at 2:45pm

Session 9                     3:00pm

You will get to pick ONE element to try; Climbing Wall, Low Course, High Course OR Ziplines.

If you are late for a session, you won't be able to use another session time. Please be respectful to other visitors and do not expect to be given more than one free session during the day. When we have distributed passes for all 9 sessions, we will not be giving out any more.

If you wish to book future SKYTrek sessions, please visit reception to book. Please note we do not accept reservations, ALL bookings must be paid for in advance via cash or credit card.


Colin Glen Youth Empowerment Program

This is a program funded by Big Lottery and will operate from Colin Glen Trust for three years, giving young people aged 11 – 20 the opportunity to get involved in a range of different programs. Our 'Youth Empowerment' leaders will be on site on the day and will have an information desk for anyone seeking information about upcoming programs and events.


LaserTag

LaserTag sessions will take place through the Forest Park, PAST the entrance to SKYTrek. Follow the signs to direct you through the park. LaserTag sessions will be from 12pm – 3pm and will be 3 or 4-a-side games lasting approx. 20mins each.


Teddy Bear's Picnic

Teddy Bear’s Picnic will commence at 12pm – 1pm. Please take your own refreshments. Depending on weather, kids will be taken through the Park and seated in a grassy area for a short picnic, with teddy bears and stories. In the case of rain, Teddy Bears picnic will take place inside in the Education Room which is located beside reception.

There will also be free access to 'Penalty Soccer Shoot-Outs', 'Bouncy Castles' & 'Sumo Wrestler Suits' and 'Face-painting'.


Additional Information

Car Parking

Since the event is happening within the Car Park, there will be a limited number of car parking spaces with some also being allocated to Mona’s café customers and for disabled access.
Please find alternative parking in the area surrounding Colin Glen Forest Park and use the pedestrian path leading into the car park.


Toilets

Toilets are located in the main building adjacent to Mona's Cafe.


Shop


Mona's Cafe will be in operation until 3pm serving food and beverages. Mona's new Shop will also be open, selling soft drinks and confectionery throughout the day.

SKYTREK NOW OPEN

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Michelle O'Neill unveiled a fantastic new £250,000 outdoor activity centre, SKYTrek in the heart of the Belfast Hills yesterday. With over 100m aerial trekking overlooking Belfast in a beautiful woodland area at Colin Glen Forest Park, the new high ropes activity centre is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and is expected to attract thousands of visitors annually.

Funded by DARD via Lagan Rural Partnership, Biffa Award, ALPHA and Belfast City Council, SKYTrek will now be a major attraction that will not only enhance the local tourist economy, but also create much needed employment in the area. It is the first of many capital projects in the pipeline for this 200 acre Forest Park which will be completely redeveloped, creating one of the most accessible, inclusive and safe leisure and recreation facilities here.


At the official launch yesterday, Minister O'Neill said:  “This innovative project demonstrates how natural resources and rural tourism can be successfully merged for the benefit of the local community. In this area there are many other opportunities which could be developed to increase its attraction to visitors and improve the local economy. I am confident that we will shortly see more innovative projects coming through the pipeline bringing untold benefits to the area. I am delighted that through Axis 3 of the Rural Development Programme my Department and our partner, Lagan Rural Partnership, have been able to contribute to such an innovative project in a rural setting. I would hope that others see this as a demonstration of what can be achieved through that rural development funding and consider how they may be able to best utilise their natural resources.”


Colin Glen Trust, the social economy responsible for SKYTrek have also recently announced a massive funding stream from Big Lottery with half a million pounds being provided for a new 'Youth Empowerment Project', which will be undertaken over a period of three years. Both projects will help to engage with local young people, encourage their involvement in various programs ranging from sports schemes to health and well-being programs and thus will help to reduce the level of anti social behaviour in the area. SKYTrek will also be offering a 'Youth Trainee Scheme' over the coming year which will allow young people to carry out training programs, giving them the opportunity to become qualified outdoor instructors. West Belfast MP Paul Maskey was delighted to attend the launch of the SkyTrek yesterday, stating “The staff have worked tirelessly over a long period of time to deliver SKYTrek and like the course itself, there were a few obstacles to overcome. I hope to see even more attractions in the Park that will further enhance it's capability in attracting thousands more people every year, creating more employment opportunities. I have no doubt that this will be a great success and will draw crowds not only from this part of the city but from all parts and further afield. People should visit and they won't be disappointed.”

Visitors to SKYTrek can expect to enjoy a thrilling, challenging experience navigating through a range of unique obstacles across a high 16m and low 5m ropes course, a 30ft rockface multi-challenge climbing wall and will experience Ireland's first ever Double 90M zip lines. SKYTrek will massively contribute to personal development by giving every visitor elated self-confidence and a positive outlook on their ability to conquer fears and overcome obstacles. Andrew Steenson from the Belfast Strategic Partnership, Active Belfast Team who attended yesterday said “The average person spends more than 90% of their time indoors so we do not get the great benefit to our health and wellbeing from being outdoors. Being physically active outdoors can improve your mood, energy level and alertness. It can also help reduce stress and anxiety and help reduce the risk of developing diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. So the recommendation to people is be active alfresco style.”

It is also designed to fulfil desired group objectives and is the perfect setting for team-building, with group facilitated programs which allow team members to work together in unison to complete difficult tasks such as the 'High All Aboard Peg Pole Climb' and the 'Double Leap of Faith'.  It can help to build better working relationships within a business, form lasting bonds amongst team mates in sports organisations and provide education in an engaging outdoor environment for school children. Most importantly, SKYTrek and its sister projects at Colin Glen Forest Park will continually promote physical and mental well-being for everyone.


SKYTrek is now open for individual and group bookings and you can book instantly online at www.skytrek.tv. There will also be an 'Open Fun Day' in conjunction with the new 'Youth Empowerment Program Launch' this Saturday 10th August from 11am – 3pm, offering anyone the chance to experience FREE SKYTrek Taster sessions and more. You can also find out more about the new ‘Youth Empowerment Project’ on the day. ‘Like’ SKYTrek on Facebook or Follow @Sky_Trek on Twitter for further information.

New Position Available at Colin Glen Trust

We are currently advertising for a 'Youth Worker' as part our new 'Youth Empowerment Project' at Colin Glen Trust, funded by Big Lottery.

See link here for more information http://www.communityni.org/job/youth-worker-16hr#.UdP6B_mgVmU

 

Readvertising new jobs at Colin Glen Trust

21/05/2013

 

We are now re-advertising the following positions:

  • Ropes Course Manager
  • Casual Receptionists
  • Reception Manager


If you would like an application pack, please email : sharon@colinglentrust.org.

Closing date Monday 3rd June 4pm.

Colin Glen Trust Landscaper Dee Boyle leads Footprints Womens Centre to win major gardening award!

Dee Boyle, a member of Colin Glen Landscapes (www.colinglenlandscapes.com) has helped Footprints Womens Centre achieve major success, winning Sunday Telegraph's 'Gardening Against the Odds' Award.

Read more here from Andersonstown News news feature from Thursday 4th May edition.

Congratulations Dee!!

 

New Job Positions Available at Colin Glen Trust

NEW POSITIONS AT COLIN GLEN TRUST

The following positions are currently available at Colin Glen Trust:

  • Reception Manager
  • Ropes and Activity Manager
  • Part-Time Ropes & Activity Workers
  • Casual Receptionists
  • Project Co-ordinator
  • Health and well-being worker
  • Part-time youth workers

 

If you are interested in applying for any of these positions and would like an application pack, please email sharon@colinglentrust.org 

Please note: Closing date for all of the above is Monday 13th May 4pm 

Wedding

Everyone from Colin Glen Trust and Colin Park would like to wish our work colleague Sonya all the very best for her upcoming wedding.  We had a pre wedding lunch at the Trust for Sonya who was delighted.

New High Ropes Course to be built in July!!

High Hopes for New Ropes at Colin Glen Trust


Colin Glen Trust has officially announced the launch of an exciting new high ropes course at Colin Glen Forest Park, Belfast. Due to be finished at the beginning of June, this unique activity centre will be the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and will provide an exciting and distinctive recreational offering for local people and visitors to the area.
Having secured investment from a number of different funders including Biffaward, Alpha, and Lagan Rural Partnership, Colin Glen Trust undertook a comprehensive process of consultation and planning with a building contract finally being awarded to the world renowned Bulgarian company, Walltopia. Walltopia, who specialise in the construction of artificial climbing walls and climbing apparatus, have constructed in over 35 countries and are extremely excited about bringing their unique design to Northern Ireland for the first time ever.
The ropes course will be 15 meters in height and participants will have the opportunity to choose from a high ropes course at 15 meters or a lower, less daunting course at 5 meters. The course offers numerous team building and ground-based activities along with an incredible power fan descender, climbing wall and a unique double 65 meter zip line which sets it apart from anything else available in Ireland and is guaranteed to provide a thrilling experience.
The course will serve as an active outdoor adventure but will also be well configured to serve as an educational tool. It will cater for a large variety of people ranging from young children and families to veteran ‘adrenaline junkies’ and fitness fanatics.  It is perfect for corporate events and will be highly useful for effective team building in local organisations and businesses.
Colin Glen High Ropes Course will also promote active outdoor learning and assist in mental and physical development for everyone, engaging learners through motivational, dynamic delivery of tasks from a team of highly skilled individuals. The team employed will deliver quality outdoor learning which will also be highly beneficial for schools. The experience will force students outside of their individual ‘comfort zones’ as they learn to work as a team in a challenging outdoor environment. It will enable students to learn essential skills which will prepare them for education, employment and life.
The project will enhance the West Belfast area by increasing tourism and providing economic support with a huge influx of visitors expected from all over Ireland and the UK. Mr Pat McCann from Lagan Rural Partnership commented “We are very proud to support such a dynamic and exciting project and believe that it will assist in our on-going efforts to improve the local socio-economic environment. Colin Glen High Ropes Course will be a fantastic addition to Northern Ireland tourism and we are proud of our involvement in the project.”
Furthermore, the new outdoor adventure site at Colin Glen Forest Park will assist in the campaign to tackle on-going anti-social behaviour by providing youths with an affordable, fun and attractive place to visit. For a number of years, Colin Glen Forest Park has been synonymous with anti-social behaviour and vandalism, thus it will have a massive impact on efforts to eliminate this and in turn raise the profile of what is a stunning forest park. Colin O’Neill, Chief Executive of Colin Glen Trust believes that “It will be an excellent way to bring life into Belfast hills and to extend the use of the park”.

The high ropes course will be facilitated by an online website which will be an excellent source of information and will present visuals of the project from the moment building work commences.  This will also be supported by social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter which will provide an interactive medium for potential visitors. Visitors can use the website to book a range of activities ranging from £5 - £20 using a debit or credit card. The website is due to go live in May and anyone planning to take a visit to Colin Glen High Ropes Course is encouraged to make prior bookings due to the expected high demand.
Contact Maeve Fearon for further information, interview or pictures via email maeve@colinglentrust.org or call 02890 614115.

Construction Due to Commence on new Multi-Sport Centre

Colin Glen Trust are pleased to announce that a contractor has been appointed and work is due to commence on this 16 week project.

By January 2012, the site on the Blacks Road, which is to become known as Colin Park, will boast 4 multi sport small sided floodlit pitches, a 16 bay driving range and the increasingly popular 9 hole golf course.

Driving Range opens for business

West Belfast has a new sporting facility.  Colin Glen Trust has just opened a brand new state of the art 16 bay driving range beside the Colin Valley Golf Course.

The facility has a number of impressive features such as pop up tees, which automatically replace the ball on the tee peg as soon as you hit your shot, floodlights and a training room featuring the latest in swing analysis video technology.

The opening comes at the same time as Colin Glen Trust secured funding from Sport NI to construct a small sided multi-sport training complex, which will be built on waste ground beside the new driving bays.

Forest Park wins Four in a Row

Colin Glen Trust are please to announce that they have won a prestigious Green Flag for the Forest Park.  This is the fourth year in a row that the Trust has secured this honour, making them the first and only non council operated organisation in N. Ireland to win four consecutive awards.

“This is a great boost for the Forest Park.  We are delighted to have the efforts of the team rewarded in such a way given that we are operating against a background of reducing funding”, stated the Trust’s Chief Executive, Colin O’Neill.