Tuesday 3rd December 2013 will be a day never forgotten by all who attended the Cross Partnership “Christmas Festival” concert in Ballymena North Centre.  The event brought Trainees from all 5 Alternative Angles and tenants from several supported living projects together with members of Harryville Community Partnership and North Belfast Senior Citizen Forum to perform a prepared programme of music and fun with the Ulster Orchestra. After a busy morning of final set up and rehearsals, participants were joined by guests for lunch including members of JTI, Triangle board and SMT, NHSCT colleagues, Ballymena’s Mayor and of course several parents and carers. Following lunch the audience of nearly 300 were treated to a musical extravaganza performed by our Trainees and friends from Belfast and Harryville, including an alternative version of the 12 days of Christmas, a solo Tin Whistle performance by Kate Laverty (Left) and many more audience participative Christmas tunes, all accompanied by the excellent musicians from the Ulster Orchestra, ably led by Ricky Matson from the Orchestra.

It is hoped that there will be a similar event next year which promises to be even larger now that the relationship with Alternative Angles and the Ulster Orchestra has been developed, this will be in addition to “Triangle’s Got Talent” which is to be held in March 2014.

The event was a spectacular success and would not have been possible without the generous financial support from JTI. Extra Special thanks goes to all Alternative Angles Social Enterprise Workers, Trust Partner Staff and our own supported living staff for their hard work in organising not only this event but the several workshops that led up to the very successful day. At the busiest time of the year, Staff pulled out all of the stops and made it a very memorable occasion for all who were able to attend. On behalf of Chris Alexander (CEO) I would like to thank you all, Well Done and Happy Christmas.

By Kevin Duffy, Progression to Employment Coordinator