Last Thursday (27th May), young people from two Peace Bytes groups in the Antrim & Newtownabbey area were responsible for a highly successful ‘Coffee for the NHS’ day at Belfast City Hospital.

The event came about after participants from our Peace Bytes groups at Glengormley High School and Carrickfergus Academy spoke to their respective youth workers about their appreciation for the work of NHS staff during the COVID-19 pandemic and their desire to ‘give something back’ to these key workers. As the Peace Bytes programme involves a Social Action Project - an activity planned and carried out by young people in the community to help or support others - our staff suggested that the two groups come together to plan an event that would allow the young people to show their appreciation.

After a lot of thought, the groups decided to run an event that would see them team up with a local business to provide free coffee & tray bakes to NHS staff at a hospital in Belfast. This would fulfil the group's aims, could be done in a COVID safe manner and would give the business in question an opportunity to promote itself as an additional bonus, hopefully making it easy for the group to find a willing partner. This turned out to be the case and teaming up with The Gold Cup coffee trailer and the Blood Transfusion Service at Belfast City Hospital, who helped get the approval needed for us to set up on the hospital grounds, the group were thrilled to find themselves up and running in no time!

As you can see from the photos below, the event was a great success! Coffee and tray bakes were served to almost three hundred people and participants had some brilliant conversations with NHS staff about the Peace Bytes programme and why they had chosen their particular Social Action Project. Overall, it was an incredibly positive experience for both groups and an example of how Peace Bytes aims to bring young people together and encourage them to work to make the world around them a better place.