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Mr Damien Brannigan 

Community Relations Officer 

T: 0 28 4461 0853 
F:  0 28 4461 0851 
Office Hours:  Monday to Friday  09:00 - 17:00


To encourage, facilitate and develop activity, which will promote good Community Relations and enhance Community Development for the purpose of improving people's quality of life.

Services and Activities:


  • Providing information, advice and assistance on a wide range of matters and issues affecting community groups, including the services offered by the Council, statutory, voluntary, community and other organisations.
  • Compiling and distributing a monthly mailshot of information relevant to local groups. 
  • Dealing with enquiries from or on behalf of the elderly.
  • Providing information leaflets on Developing a Community Group, Organising an Event, etc. 
  • Maintaining a database of voluntary, community and statutory organisations operating in the District.
  • Loaning equipment (staging, bunting, rope, stakes, loud hailer, etc) for events organised by community groups, eg a town or village festival.
  • Organising and facilitating events such as soccer funweeks, St Patrick’s Festival and Cross-Community Carnival Parade, training courses for community groups etc.
  • Administering grant-aid to local community groups towards:
    • forming a town, village, tenants or residents committee
    • assisting with the annual running costs of town, village, tenants, or residents  committees
    • organising a town or village community festival
    • erecting a town or village public Christmas tree and/or lighting
    • organising a town or village programme of public Christmas street entertainment
    • establishing or refurbishing certain types of community facilities
    • undertaking group training
    • creating town or village floral displays
    • enabling certain other types of Community Relations or Community Development activity

Working with other Organisations:

The Community Relations and Development Section works with other local statutory and voluntary organisations, which are involved in Community Relations and/or Community Development work, to complement and not duplicate the services they provide.  These include Down Lisburn Trust, NI Housing Executive, PSNI, SEELB Down Divisional Youth Service, East Down Institute, Down District Citizens Advice Bureau, East Down Rural Community Network, Down District Volunteer Bureau, Down District Strategy Partnership and Age Concern Network.

Play For All

Inclusion is a process of creating opportunities and support systems which enable children and young people with a disability to be part of their community as an equal.

Play For All is a project which aims to create inclusive recreational opportunities all year round for children and young people with a disability who are under 18 years of age and live in the Down District or Belfast City Council areas and who would like to participate in a local mainstream activity such as sport, drama, walking, art, music, etc.

Down District Council is a partner in and funder of the Play For All project along with Barnardo’s, Down Lisburn Trust and Belfast City Council.  Additional funding for the project has been provided by the Eastern Health and Social Services Board and the Eastern Child Care Partnership. 

The project involves staff from across the Council’s different services, ie Leisure, Arts, Museum, Marketing, Human Resources/Training & Development and Community Relations & Development.





Damien Brannigan
Community Relations Officer
Downshire Civic Centre
Downshire Estate
Ardglass Road
BT30 6GQ

T: 0 28 4461 0853
F: 0 28 4461 0851