Sir Hans Sloan Education & Visitor Centre

The aims of the Sir Hans Sloane Education & Visitor Centre are to reflect the legacy of Sir Hans Sloane and act as a pivot and seed for the regeneration of the village of Killyleagh. This aim is for a healthy and engaged community and a village infrastructure on which a community survives and thrives. The Centre is committed to promote and enable enjoyment and appropriate positive use of all Killyleagh and the Strangford area have to offer for its citizens. The Centre provides access to kayaking, bicycle hire, hill and coastal walks and a Hans Sloane Memorial Garden.

Mentor: County Down Rural Community Network

The project developed an engagement plan working with young people and introducing them to a range of local outdoor activities with a focus on reducing heath inequalities. It also gave the young people the opportunity to build on their self-esteem, learn about positive interpersonal behaviours; recognise their limiting beliefs and causes of stress in their lives. The project enabled them to learn about emotional, physical and mental resilience, healthy eating and the importance of rest and energy.