Volunteers are needed to help with a fund raising event on Saturday 17 September.

Sainsburys in Armagh have agreed to allow Crossfire Trust to provide bag packers at 8 of their tills to give the opportunity to obtain donations for the Care Programme, one of the projects of Crossfire Trust.

We require volunteers to cover two hourly slots between 9am to 6pm. The busiest times of the day are between 10am and 2pm, and so most of the cover is needed at these times.

The Care Programme provides a programme of care for the most marginalised in the community including, provision of accommodation for those in need, training and development and other support.

A key part of the Care Programme is the provision of accommodation within Darkley House and volunteers support workers and night workers are needed to help the staff provide care to those in the community that need it most.

Ian and Pauline celebrated 25 years of marriage on Tuesday 28 June! But it was business as usual on Wednesday.

Here they are during a break in the Added Value shop with flowers presented by staff and volunteers of Crossfire Trust.

Ian and Pauline - 25 years of marriage

We want to express our sympathy and support to Pauline Bothwell on the passing of her Dad, Rodney McLoughlin on 4 June 2011, and convey to her husband Ian, their son Justin and daughter Megan, the ongoing prayer support of the Crossfire Trust family.

The funeral service is to be at 2pm on Tuesday 7 June at Knappagh Presbyterian Church, Killylea.

Deepest sympathy to Pauline on the passing of her father

Crossfire Trust's 'Restoring Hope' project has just launched a new book. 'We All Get On Well, But...' contains 14 stories and poems by people in some way associated with Darkley village.

Some live there and some work or volunteer there, while one or two have moved out of the village. The book is a good read; it tells of good times and bad times, and tells it like it is and was.

Production of the book, as part of Crossfire Trust's 'Restoring Hope' programme, was supported by the European Union's PEACE III Programme.

Darkley book launch

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF: Ian Bothwell, director of Crossfire Trust

Ian Bothwell has been working for 30 years to rebuild the community in south Armagh.

Today, his focus is the Restoring Hope Project, which reaches out particularly to those disillusioned by the peace process.

His work reflects the theme of Community Relations Week, (which runs from May 23) Division – No Quick Fix, and is organised by the Community Relations Council (CRC).

CRC Newsletter article

Twenty staff and volunteers completed a one day basic awareness course on child protection and safeguarding on 11 May. Our facilitator for the day was Ethel McNeill from Children in Northern Ireland.

Child Protection Training

Crossfire Trust is seeking to recruit a Support Worker for its Darkley House Care Programme.

The key role of the Support Worker will be to work directly with residents, ensure a warm, safe, supportive environment for them and organise voluntary and training opportunities for residents.

Logo - Crossfire Trust

It is with great joy that we wish Allison all of our best wishes as she departs the care programme in Darkley House. We will all miss her very much; it has been a great joy and blessing to have had the privilege of looking after Allison for the past nine months.

Allison meets President Mary McAleese at Darkley House

Crossfire Trust hosted 30 volunteers on 16 March at their first ever all day Volunteer Recruitment Fair. The event was attended by senior civil servant, from the Department for Social Development (DSD), Ms Maeve Walls who presented certificates to all volunteers and also presented The Volunteer of The Year Award.

Volunteer Day - March 2011