Bilingual and multilingual signage on citywide leisure centres

Closes 10 Jan 2020

Opened 5 Nov 2019

Overview

We want Belfast to be a welcoming and inclusive city for all.  To help achieve this aim and to meet other best practice guidance and legal requirements, we want to develop and implement the workstreams associated with our Language Strategy (2018-2023).

In the Language Strategy 2018-2023, we set out our approach to service delivery in order to accommodate linguistic diversity.

 The accompanying policies and workstreams include:

  • a commitment to adopt the use of Irish and Ulster Scots in signs, and in particular where, 'it will be seen primarily by users of Irish / Ulster-Scots;
  • meeting the language and communication needs of disabled people to ensure good practice is observed;
  • meeting the needs of new communities’ languages to take into account the increasing ethnic diversity of the city as well as the specific communication needs within our new communities.

Why We Are Consulting

We want Belfast to be a welcoming and inclusive city and promoting different languages is part of that aspiration.

Following a Special Council meeting on Friday 11 October 2019, Council agreed to the installation of multilingual welcome signs in all our leisure centres with immediate effect and to carry out a public consultation regarding bilingual / multilingual signage in four leisure centres.

We are now consulting on the proposals, which have been drawn up in line with our Language Strategy, regarding external naming and internal directional signage at the four citywide leisure centres which are being delivered as part of the Council’s £105m Leisure Transformation Programme: Andersonstown, Lisnasharragh, Olympia and Templemore.

Each of these centres has been designed to provide state-of-the-art, specialised facilities for the benefit of users across the city and beyond. Each centre will focus on a particular leisure / sport domain.

It is also proposed that internal directional signage should include pictorial signage to enhance accessibility, for example, to our new communities and disabled people.  The Council is mindful of the location and history of each centre, along with the needs of new communities and disabled people.

We want to hear your views on this issue.  Please complete the online survey or call into one of the information and engagement events that we are holidng across the city. Details about these are provided at the bottom of this page.

To register for any of the events please email equality@belfastcity.gov.uk or call (028) 9027 0511. The same content will be covered at each event so you do not need to attend more than one.

This consultation document is available in alternative formats and other languages on request. 

As the survey uses a mixture of tick boxes and open text, respondents are welcome to submit text responses in Irish or Ulster-Scots. 

Please Give Us Your Views

Events

  • Templemore Engagement Event

    From 5 Nov 2019 at 15:00 to 5 Nov 2019 at 16:00

    We are holding information and engagement events to give people an opportunity to learn more about the draft council decision and to provide feedback.

    To register for any of the events please email equality@belfastcity.gov.uk or call (028) 9027 0511. The same content will be covered at each event so you do not need to attend more than one.

    Venue is:

    East Belfast Network Centre
    55 Templemore Avenue
    Belfast
    BT5 4FG

  • Templemore Engagement Event

    From 5 Nov 2019 at 19:00 to 5 Nov 2019 at 20:00

    We are holding information and engagement events to give people an opportunity to learn more about the draft council decision and to provide feedback.

    To register for any of the events please email equality@belfastcity.gov.uk or call (028) 9027 0511. The same content will be covered at each event so you do not need to attend more than one.
    Venue is:

    East Belfast Network Centre
    55 Templemore Avenue
    Belfast
    BT5 4FG

  • Andersonstown Engagement Event

    From 6 Nov 2019 at 15:00 to 6 Nov 2019 at 16:00

    We are holding information and engagement events to give people an opportunity to learn more about the draft council decision and to provide feedback.

    To register for any of the events please email equality@belfastcity.gov.uk or call (028) 9027 0511. The same content will be covered at each event so you do not need to attend more than one.

    Venue is:
    Falls Leisure Centre
    15-17 Falls Road
    Belfast
    BT12 4PB

  • Andersonstown Engagement Event

    From 6 Nov 2019 at 19:00 to 6 Nov 2019 at 20:00

    We are holding information and engagement events to give people an opportunity to learn more about the draft council decision and to provide feedback.

    To register for any of the events please email equality@belfastcity.gov.uk or call (028) 9027 0511. The same content will be covered at each event so you do not need to attend more than one.

    Venue is:
    Falls Leisure Centre
    15-17 Falls Road
    Belfast
    BT12 4PB

  • Lisnasharragh Engagement Event

    From 11 Nov 2019 at 15:00 to 11 Nov 2019 at 16:00

    We are holding information and engagement events to give people an opportunity to learn more about the draft council decision and to provide feedback.

    To register for any of the events please email equality@belfastcity.gov.uk or call (028) 9027 0511. The same content will be covered at each event so you do not need to attend more than one.

    Venue is:

    Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre
    Montgomery Road
    Castlereagh
    BT6 9HS

  • Lisnasharragh Engagement Event

    From 11 Nov 2019 at 19:00 to 11 Nov 2019 at 20:00

    We are holding information and engagement events to give people an opportunity to learn more about the draft council decision and to provide feedback.

    To register for any of the events please email equality@belfastcity.gov.uk or call (028) 9027 0511. The same content will be covered at each event so you do not need to attend more than one.

    Venue is:

    Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre
    Montgomery Road
    Castlereagh
    BT6 9HS

  • Olympia Engagement Event

    From 18 Nov 2019 at 15:00 to 18 Nov 2019 at 16:00

    We are holding information and engagement events to give people an opportunity to learn more about the draft council decision and to provide feedback.

    To register for any of the events please email equality@belfastcity.gov.uk or call (028) 9027 0511. The same content will be covered at each event so you do not need to attend more than one.

    Venue is:
    Olympia Leisure Centre
    Boucher Road
    Belfast
    BT12 6HR

  • Olympia Engagement Event

    From 18 Nov 2019 at 19:00 to 18 Nov 2019 at 20:00

    We are holding information and engagement events to give people an opportunity to learn more about the draft council decision and to provide feedback.

    To register for any of the events please email equality@belfastcity.gov.uk or call (028) 9027 0511. The same content will be covered at each event so you do not need to attend more than one.

    Venue is:
    Olympia Leisure Centre
    Boucher Road
    Belfast
    BT12 6HR

  • Templemore Engagement Event

    From 27 Nov 2019 at 15:00 to 27 Nov 2019 at 16:00

    We are holding information and engagement events to give people an opportunity to learn more about the draft council decision and to provide feedback.
    To register for any of the events please email equality@belfastcity.gov.uk or call (028) 9027 0511. The same content will be covered at each event so you do not need to attend more than one.

    Venue is:
    East Belfast Network Centre
    55 Templemore Avenue
    Belfast
    BT5 4FG

  • Templemore Engagement Event

    From 27 Nov 2019 at 19:00 to 27 Nov 2019 at 20:00

    We are holding information and engagement events to give people an opportunity to learn more about the draft council decision and to provide feedback.
    To register for any of the events please email equality@belfastcity.gov.uk or call (028) 9027 0511. The same content will be covered at each event so you do not need to attend more than one.

    Venue is:
    East Belfast Network Centre
    55 Templemore Avenue
    Belfast
    BT5 4FG

  • Andersonstown Engagement Event

    From 28 Nov 2019 at 15:00 to 28 Nov 2019 at 16:00

    We are holding information and engagement events to give people an opportunity to learn more about the draft council decision and to provide feedback.

    To register for any of the events please email equality@belfastcity.gov.uk or call (028) 9027 0511. The same content will be covered at each event so you do not need to attend more than one.

    Venue is:
    Falls Leisure Centre
    15-17 Falls Road
    Belfast
    BT12 4PB

  • Andersonstown Engagement Event

    From 28 Nov 2019 at 19:00 to 28 Nov 2019 at 20:00

    We are holding information and engagement events to give people an opportunity to learn more about the draft council decision and to provide feedback.

    To register for any of the events please email equality@belfastcity.gov.uk or call (028) 9027 0511. The same content will be covered at each event so you do not need to attend more than one.

    Venue is:
    Falls Leisure Centre
    15-17 Falls Road
    Belfast
    BT12 4PB

Areas

  • All Areas

Interests

  • People and Communities