Men’s charity project back from the ashes after arson attack

Staff and volunteers at Be Safe Be Well in Limavady working hard to get the premises ready for re-opening on Monday.
Staff and volunteers at Be Safe Be Well in Limavady working hard to get the premises ready for re-opening on Monday.

Two months ago, the premises used to run a project for men by ‘Be Safe Be Well’ was left gutted by an arson attack.

Staff and volunteers who had worked to renovate the bungalow on Roe Mill Road for the project were devastated by the January 18th attack but, just two months on, the bungalow is back and better than ever.

Mark Vinnicombe, project coordinator for Be Safe be Well, said since the arson, staff and volunteers have been overwhelmed with support from all corners of the Roe Valley community, and further afield.

“On the 18th January, we had a break-in and a fire so that set us back a couple of months,” Mark told the Journal. “So, it’s good to see we are now ready for our re-launch.”

On Wednesday, as the sun shone, the site was a hive of activity with volunteers painting, landscaping and doing other work to get the place ready and back in business.

“It has been amazing the amount of people from the community who have come together to help us, and it’s going to be really good to get us back up and open on Monday,” said Mr.Vinnicombe.

Volunteer Paddy Canning from Glack is helping with the project. He was gutted at the devastation caused by the fire. However, he was back on site on Wednesday volunteering to make sure it was ready for the re-launch today. He says the project is a valuable line of support for men who live alone; a great way for them to get out and socialise with others.

Mr Vinnicombe added: “It’s a great programme, a great concept, bringing together men who maybe have suffered from depression, men that have illness, men that are living alone. They can come here, to Be Safe Be Well where we are working shoulder to shoulder, to a place to come and hang out. It’s a great concept and we are really looking forward to the launch and re-opening.”

Limavady Mayor Alan Robinson will attend the official opening, scheduled for 11am.