A voluntary organisation which aims to reduce crime and its impact on people and communities, has opened its new southern area offices in Carleton Street, Portadown.
NIACRO works with children and young people, adults in the community, and people in prison and their families.
While NIACRO staff have been working in the local office since April, this week marked the official opening of what will be the base of all NIACRO services in the southern trust area - including Craigavon, Newry and Mourne, Banbridge, Armagh and Dungannon council areas.
The opening ceremony included an address from Deputy Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Colin McCusker, as well as speeches from NIACRO chief executive Olwen Lyner and acting chairman Brendan Fulton.
Attendees included local employers and community groups, as well as representatives from a range of statutory and voluntary organisations.
Mr Lyner said, “NIACRO has a long history of working across Northern Ireland to reduce crime and its impact on people and communities, and we’re so encouraged to have received such great support from the Portadown community and local employers.
“Our aim is to develop and strengthen these links in the area through the delivery of our services and help make the surrounding communities safer.”
Deputy Mayor, Cllr McCusker said the opening demonstrated that for many organisations, Craigavon remains the hub of the north. “It was also enlightening to hear about the work of NIACRO, and to meet for myself victims of crime, and those who have benefitted from the support offered by NIACRO. My family have only recently suffered from crime, when a family member was burgled and had valuables stolen, and the anger and devastation felt was overwhelming,” he said.
“I trust that through NIACRO we will see crime reduced, and that early intervention can help the most vulnerable in our society falling into thetrap of anti-social behaviour and criminality.”