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Their hard work over the last nine years took a huge step forward last May, when they opened their new building. Sizeable extensions to the original house have made what was already a beacon of light in the community shine even brighter.

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Gladys and Teresa set up the Happe House in the Hebron Park nine years ago in response to the lack of facilities for the young and old in the community, while surrounding communities seemed to be better served.

We all know how easy it is to sit back and analyse and dissect Converse Blue Black

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If that sentiment initially seems a little bit askew, bear with me. This week I had the pleasure of paying a visit to the Happe House (ie happy ) in Hebron Park. The Happe House is an aptly named community centre run by two ladies, Gladys Bowles and Teresa Heary, on a completely voluntary basis.

will attest, the first course of action for the ladies is to offer you a cup of tea.

the house will tell you it is a model of what a community centre should be.

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When you think of a community house the first thought is maybe of somewhere a little cold and a little bare, but the Happe House is quite the opposite. Entering on a Tuesday evening, the house is brightly lit and warm and inviting. A communal kitchen is surprisingly well stocked and as any visitor Converse Rainbow High Tops

In a time when the ongoing economic crisis and the country collective financial woes seem to dominate the headlines and our concerns, it a little too easy to get lost in the bigger picture and lose focus on the smaller, everyday issues.

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Happe House a beacon of light

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If you have the time next Saturday, March 13, head on down to The Parade where the teenagers involved in the drug awareness course will hold a model car race to raise funds for Happe House. And if you ever in the area, I dare say you be welcomed in for a cup of tea

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The most remarkable thing about all of it is that their work has been done without any consistent funding. The computers were partly funded by the local Credit Union and the drug awareness course is being run with the help of National Lottery funding, but every penny has to be fought for.

certain situations from afar, but it takes a special kind of person to step forward and put their own time and energy towards making it better without seeking personal reward.

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And yet the only attitude you find from Converse All Black Low Tops Gladys and Teresa is, can be done Local representatives who know Converse Womens White

Not that I am dismissing the personal and global effects of the recession, but getting a small introduction to the inspirational achievements of people like Gladys and Teresa makes you realize the importance of taking action at a local level.

A tidy office sits to the front of the house while at the back a spacious room is perfect for courses such as the drug awareness and road safety course currently running. Upstairs is a modern multi media room with a range of computers where courses are run for people of all ages. Another room is set aside for counselling services.

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