Equipping for Life for a better future

About the project

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By June 2019, Equipping for Life already had 70 volunteers vetted and trained, working in schools and employability organisations in North and West Belfast, with plans for many more to begin volunteering shortly.

Founded by Brother David Jardine in Spring 2018, Equipping for Life enables people of faith to volunteer time in communities that have been impacted by deprivation. We seek to equip people for a better life by our volunteers supporting existing education, employability and social cohesion initiatives.

Our Vision is: Lives transformed; communities revitalized.
Our Mission is: To equip people for a better future.
Our Values are: Faith, Integrity, Equality, Hope.

Profiles: the lowdown on …
Who are involved in Equipping for Life?
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Founder/Director: Brother David Jardine

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Facilitator: Tommy Stewart
Tommy is a facilitator and very knowledgeable in the types of ministry like Equipping For Life. He has been with the project since the beginning.

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Project Development Officer: Mrs Pat Hutchinson MBE
Pat has worked with Divine Healing Ministries for almost 30 years. She also managed Newtownabbey Citizens Advice for 32 years and is experienced in our area of work.

More about Pat here.


Brother David Jardine
Gordon Bell (more here)
Councillor Nicola Verner
Suzi McLean

Lord Eames
Baroness May Blood
Sir Nigel Hamilton
Rev. Jim Rea

Equipping for Life is a charitable company with limited liability Company No: NI654291 and an HMRC recognised charity No: NI00884.
"Equipping for Life is addressing the serious problem of under achievement in North and West Belfast. It is helping young people to value education through one-to-one mentoring. This programme, the vision of Brother David Jardine, is exciting. It has the potential to bring new hope for an upcoming generation."
Rev. Jim Rea M.B.E. (former President of the Methodist Church)

“The Greater Shankill Children & Young People Zone is building a ‘coalition of the willing’ committed to providing support to help transform the lives of this generation of children and young people. Bro. David Jardine and Equipping For Life have ’stepped up to the plate."
Dr. Jackie Redpath MBE

“There is nothing more important than ensuring that our children have both the skills and the values to help them through life. It is a privilege for me to be associated with Equipping for Life and I would encourage as many as possible to become involved in practical ways to support the ministry.“
Sir Nigel Hamilton

"Thank you that I have been updated with the amazing ministry you and your team have on the Shankill Road area. Be assured of my prayers and love in all your efforts."
Heather Bune, Exeter, Devon – Prayer partner

“The purpose of a good education is simple”...... ‘It’ should enable a child to become the author of the story of ‘Their Life’.
This project will give the extra support needed to achieve this."
Baroness May Blood

“Our pupils have benefitted greatly from the one-to-one reading experience they have had through EFL. The children have blossomed academically, socially and spiritually. They look forward very much to their weekly sessions with the devoted group of volunteers.”
Judith Stevenson, Deputy Head Teacher, Forth River School