Volunteering & Community Engagement
In years gone by, the communities around the lough knew each other well. It was easier to cross the lough by boat than travel by road. Fishing gave people a reason to work together across the lough and build community connections.
Over recent years, local communities tended to turn their backs on the lough and their knowledge of the natural life cycles and rich wildlife habitats and cultural heritage associated with the lough has been lost with the passing of previous generations.
The Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership plans to encourage local communities to turn towards the lough and appreciate the rich natural, built and cultural heritage associated with this special place. – Chris McCarney has taken up the post of volunteer officer to engage with local people to build and renew community connections across the lough and recruit a target of 500 volunteers that are prepared to give time to conserve and enhance this unique landscape.
If you are interested in volunteering, contact Chris McCarney on firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 028 3831 1696, Chris is based at the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island.