Mission to provide aid 'from the ground up'

Connor and Becky during a beach clean in Cala Compte, Ibiza.
Connor and Becky during a beach clean in Cala Compte, Ibiza.

A Carrickfergus native will be continuing his mission to provide humanitarian aid 'from the ground up' this autumn.

Connor Kerr, originally from the town, and his friend Becky Bellamy are the duo behind not-for-profit social enterprise Another World Belfast (AWB).

Connor (28) has previously volunteered in aid settings around the world, including at a refugee camp in Greece in 2016.

Last year, AWB established a pop-up salon on Belfast's University Street, raising thousands for The Rainbow Project and The Homeless Period.

They also founded ‘The Love Box’, a care package programme supporting Northern Irish homeless, food bank users and refugee/asylum seekers.

The scheme, which is re-launching in October, seeks donations of gloves, hats, scarves, treats, and especially female sanitary products, with the contents being delivered to those spending the festive period on the streets.

Connor and Becky are currently on the island of Ibiza where they are making, packing and selling their new product, The Coffee Scrub.

Proceeds from the all-natural and ethically sourced skin scrub will go towards the continuation of AWB's work.

"The Coffee Scrub was developed at the end of last year as we would down our time at the pop up salon space on University Street," said Connor, a past pupil of Carrick Grammar.

"There we raised over £3000, alongside thousands of items donated for The Love Box care package programme for the homeless.

"We developed and tested The Coffee Scrub to fundraise for our future and to support the continuation of The Love Box.

"For now, The Coffee Scrub is available in Ibiza or at The Belfast Flea once a month at The Sunflower, and partner fundraising events. Watch out in the autumn for online availability."

For more information, visit the Another World Belfast website or @anotherworldbelfast on Facebook.