posted on June 21st, 2024

Lord Mayor Announces Four Charities For His Year In Office

Each year, the Lord Mayor of Belfast selects charities to support during their year in office. Lord Mayor, Councillor Micky Murray, has announced his four official charities – DePaul, Inspire, Show Some Love Ltd and Oh Yeah Music Centre.

Meeting with representatives from each organisation at Belfast City Hall, Councillor Murray said his personal experience of supporting those coping with homelessness and addiction while working in the voluntary sector was a driving force behind his choices.

Representatives from Show Some Love Ltd, Inspire, Oh Yeah Music Centre and DePaul meet with Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Micky Murray, outside City Hall as they were announced as his official charities for his year in office. Councillor Murray has selected the four organisations for their work to deliver aid to those experiencing hardship (Show Some Love Ltd), support those coping with homelessness and addiction (De Paul and Inspire) and projects to empower young people and develop their skills (Oh Yeah Music Centre).
From left to right – Becky Bellamy, Show Some Love Ltd, Jackie McBurney, Inspire, Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Micky Murray, Connor Kerr, Show Some Love Ltd, Tim McQuade, DePaul and Paul Kane, Oh Yeah Music Centre


“Both DePaul and Inspire do fantastic work here in Belfast – most of which goes unseen,” he said.  “Whether it’s counselling, family support or accommodation, without them, many individuals and their families would be struggling even more.”

Tim McQuade, DePaul stated, “We can’t wait to have the Lord Mayor get involved in some of the projects that we have coming up in the year ahead, not least our 20th anniversary of operations in Northern Ireland.”

Inspire representative, Jackie McBurney expressed the charity was “very much looking forward to welcoming the Lord Mayor to our premises in the coming year.” She also stated her charity has “been delivering a service for over 45 years to the people of Belfast and beyond.”

“As Lord Mayor, I want to highlight the many valuable services they offer and give them the opportunity to put forward what they need to be able to do their job more effectively and continue to deliver this vital support.”

With inclusion and diversity also a key theme for the Lord Mayor’s term in office, Show Some Love Ltd was another natural choice for Councillor Murray.

The charity provides projects, events and spaces to bring people together and offer aid for those experiencing hardship. They work closely with refugees, asylum seekers, the LGBTQIA+ community and those in financial difficulty. Their projects include free packs of toiletries and underwear to those in need, a clothing bank and workshops focusing on textile recycling.

“This organisation has a real ethos of inclusion that runs through all their work, and are strongly focused on reducing loneliness and isolation and improving empathy and understanding of those who are marginalised,” said Councillor Murray.

“Their projects are so diverse and I love their resourcefulness and hustle to take unwanted items and use creativity to turn them into something current, useful and beautiful. By getting together to share skills, they’re also supporting better mental health and doing something good for the environment too.”

Becky Bellamy and Connor Kerr from Show Some Love Ltd stated their community “are over the moon that Councillor Murray is our first gay Lord Mayor of Belfast. The fact that he has chosen us, at this time, whenever we’re a growing organisation with loads of potential, it’s really going to make a huge difference to us and our work.”

The final charity chosen by the Lord Mayor, Oh Yeah Music Centre, also has a strong track record in bringing people together, this time through music.

The venue, based in the Cathedral Quarter, runs a wide range of outreach and education initiatives with young people, including work with schools and youth groups from across the city.

“I’ve always been impressed by the events and activities hosted by Oh Yeah and what they bring to our city,” said Councillor Murray. “They work hard to develop the next generation of talent, not just on the stage, but off it too – their programmes and workshops are focused on developing the skills young people need for the world of work and empowering them to be themselves, fulfil their potential, and follow their dreams.

Finally, Paul Kane from Oh Yeah Music Centre expressed how “it’s a real thrill to say thank you for the support the Lord Mayor is giving to us at Oh Yeah Music Centre, from our youth projects like Elevate and our talent development programmes to our live music venue.”

“I’m excited to work with all four of my charities this year and provide them with a platform to showcase their work and demonstrate their value within our city.”


From left to right (back) – Becky Bellamy, Show Some Love Ltd, Jackie McBurney, Inspire, Connor Kerr, Show Some Love Ltd
From left to right (front) – Tim McQuade, DePaul, Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Micky Murray, and Paul Kane, Oh Yeah Music Centre

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