The month of May saw the appointment of David and Alison Flanagan as Care House Manager and Assistant Care House Manager.

Originally from Ireland, David and Alison have spent the last few years living and working in Leeds, South Yorkshire. They have two children Joshua 7 and Rebecca 9.

Flanagan family

The Ulster Gazette

Darkley Club House receives coaching kit and equipment

Ulster Gazette photo

May Bank holiday weekend saw a team from Southgate Christian Fellowship (SCF) in North London descend on Darkley House.

SCF have been sending teams twice a year since 2000 to support the work of Crossfire Trust and Ian and Pauline Bothwell. The team consisted of 3 men and 6 women, aged between 24 and 77.

Miranda and Don

77 year old Don Hobbs from Southgate in North London joined over 50 volunteers at the Work Day at Darkley House on Saturday 5 May.

Don was one of a team of nine people, which included his wife Jenny, who came over from the Southgate Christian Fellowship in North London to spend the weekend working with Crossfire Trust.

Don and Jenny

Crossfire Trust are looking to appoint a Project Director for the Mega Mobile.

The Project Director will need to be someone with the skill to drive and the personality to welcome individuals and groups on board.

mega mobile

Great food and fun was had at the Dinner held to celebrate St Patrick's Night at Darkley Community Centre.

The food was cooked in the kitchen of Darkley House and then enjoyed by all those who attended, what turned out to be a great night.

Gavin Cox

Crossfire Trust joined the thousands who turned out for the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Newry on Saturday 17th March.

Crossfire Trust’s theme for the parade was “In The Footsteps Of St Patrick”. During the parade Crossfire Trust handed out specially produced scrolls with the following wording:

Crossfire Trust - St Patrick's Day parade - Newry

All customers of 'Worn Again' and 'Yarn and Darn', which is open each Wednesday between 11am and 5pm at Darkley House, will be welcomed to freshly prepared free smoothies thanks to an award from the Southern Investing for Health Partnership award.

Over the coming weeks Maxine and Jean will be preparing high quality fruit purchased from Chapman's Farm Fresh Fruit and Veg, Dobbin Road, and showing customers how to make smoothies, as well as providing healthy eating advice.

Ulster Gazette article - 15 March

Crossfire Trust continues to expand and is looking to take on new staff to fill exciting roles within the team.

Are you interested in joining the team to work in the ever expanding Care Programme? The objective of this programme is to provide care and training for people requiring support in a residential setting at Darkley House, Co Armagh.

We are pleased to tell you that Crossfire Trust has now appointed a new Youth Leader. Phil McEvoy joined us on 1 August and is establishing himself well with the youngsters in and around Darkley.

Darkley Club House has many good things planned for the next couple of years. If you're in your teens or early twenties and live in or around Darkley why not get in touch with us and find out what's going on.

Phil McEvoy - new youth leader