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The National Lottery Community Fund is today announcing over £96,000 to projects across Newry, Mourne and Down, helping them tackle the issues affecting families and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thirteen locally based organisations received funding for projects including a platform for older people to get involved in arts online, a Community Youth Champions programme, activities for issolated women and arts and crafts workshops.

This funding is part of a roll-out of £1.8 million to more than 100 projects across Northern Ireland.  

Groups Funded

Carrivemaclone and Lisdrumliska Community Association is using a £8,480 grant to deliver a programme of activities for the community including arts and crafts workshops for teenagers and older people, a family fun day and an evening of food and music. The project helps build community cohesion, teach new skills, encourage physical activity and improve well-being.

Camlough Community Association is using a £9,600 grant to provide food vouchers to those most in need in the Camlough, Bessbrook and Cloughreagh areas during the COVID-19 crisis. The project helps ease the new financial burden facing local people during this uncertain time.

Centred Soul-Health and Wellbeing for all the Family, based in Newry, is using a £10,000 grant to run weekly online support groups for those affected by perinatal mental illness and birth trauma, which cannot be held in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The group is also using the funding to provide telephone counselling services.

Drumgath Ladies Group is using a £9,095 grant to provide food vouchers in the greater Rathfriland and Hilltown area to those over 50 who are self-isolating or living in financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The vouchers reduce additional worries felt during this time and help ease the new financial burden of the current situation.

Kaleidoscope C.I.C. based in Newry, is using a £10,000 grant to further develop their GreyNet website which provides a platform for older people to get involved in arts and creative activities online. The group are using the money to add further content to the site and to create a chat function, so users can easily communicate with each other. The project ensures older people from across Northern Ireland can chat and provides content and information about things to do during this period of isolation caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

is using a grant of £10,000 to deliver a ‘Community Youth Champions’ programme for young people living in Newry.
The Respect Youth Project is using a grant of £10,000 to deliver a ‘Community Youth Champions’ programme for young people living in Newry. Image: www.respectproject.co.uk

Moneydarragh Community Hub based outside Annalong, is using a £9,750 grant to improve their facility by upgrading the kitchen and meeting room. The group are also creating a ‘Cozy Room’ where people can relax, read books and magazines from their library, and are using the money to purchase new tables and chairs for the area. The improvements help create a more welcoming environment for the wide range of community groups that use the hall. 

Newtownhamilton Community Association is using a £3,000 grant to provide food parcels, basic necessities including toiletries and prescription deliveries to vulnerable, older, socially isolated people in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project helps reduce isolation and builds stronger relationships across the community.

Respect Youth Project based at the St John Bosco Youth Centre in Newry is using a grant of £10,000 to deliver a ‘Community Youth Champions’ programme for young people living in the city. The programme involves a mix of sports and educational based sessions including sports leadership skills training, mental health, drug and alcohol awareness, interview skills and CV writing.

Samaritans of Newry is using a £9,700 grant to provide a 'listening ear' to people experiencing distress and who are struggling to cope during the COVID-19 crisis. The project helps improve mental health and well-being which is expected to be significantly impacted by the outbreak.

St Mary's Conference SVDP is using a £10,000 grant to support individuals and families most affected by the COVID-19 crisis in the Burren and Mayobridge areas by providing food and household vouchers, ensuring they have the essential items they need during the pandemic.

St Patrick's Gaelic Athletic Club based in Dromintee near Newry, is using a grant of £3,000 to purchase and deliver groceries to isolated and at-risk members of the club during the COVID-19 outbreak. The project ensures local people have the essential items they need during the pandemic, helping improve health and well-being of those impacted during this time. 

Toppany Women’s Group based in Belleeks, is using a £4,000 grant to run a series of activities for isolated women, including pottery, art, jewellery making, exercise, dancing and relaxations classes, so they can stay connected through a social support network, to improve health and well-being. 

Whitecross Community Association is using a £10,000 grant to provide food parcels, toiletries and electricity/heating vouchers for residents in the Whitecross, Belleeks, Ballymoyer and Tullyherron areas in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The project supportsthose residents who may be self-isolating, have lost employment, have a reduced income and who don’t have access to transport to access foodbanks, supermarkets or other available support during this time.

Kate Beggs, Northern Ireland Director of The National Lottery Community Fund said: “Thanks to National Lottery funding, these groups are able to step up to help people and communities through these difficult times. We are here to support them to overcome obstacles in bringing people together and get help to those in need, as well as to think about recovery and longer-term needs.

“We are getting millions out quickly to support communities across the UK during the crisis.  It is all thanks to National Lottery players who provide our funding so projects like these can continue their amazing work.”

All National Lottery funded projects can contact their Funding Officer if they need advice or have any questions about their grant. Full updates from the organisation regarding our response to Covid-19, information on applying for grants and general contact details can be found on our website  WWW.TNLCOMMUNITYFUND.ORG.UK

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