Clifton House staff were delighted to welcome North Belfast Senior Citizens Forum for a tour of the House and Clifton Street Cemetery.  This outing was made possible by the Barbour Fund which is administered by the Belfast Charitable Society.

This Fund was developed in recognition of the shared history of the Hilden District Nursing Society and Belfast Charitable Society. Both have a long and successful history of caring for the older people, working to improve the lives of those who are less well-off, in some instances providing or facilitating education and training for that purpose. The Society manages this fund and has an agreed six-year programme of awards including support for activities for older people, disadvantaged young people and skilled development.  The geographical focus of this work is based in Lisburn and in North Belfast.

By organising tours and refreshments, the fund creates social opportunities for groups to get together and enjoy the heritage and history of Clifton House, the original Poor House of Belfast.  In September, Glenmore Social Club and Magheragall Parish Church were also able to avail of  this opportunity.