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The National Lottery Community Fund has announced funding to groups in the Newry, Mourne and Down areas to improve health and wellbeing and tackle local issues as we all recover from the pandemic.

The Crisis Cafe in Newry is using a £10,000 grant to run a friendship café for vulnerable young people. The project will organise group activities and support the young people to improve their mental health and wellbeing. 

Lislea Men’s Shed is using a £6,717 grant to buy equipment and run a photography project. The group will create framed portraits of each member which will be hung in the shed as personal record of their contribution. The project will also fund the building of a display cabinet for all the group’s photo albums.

Mayobridge GAC is using a £10,000 grant to contribute to the cost of refurbishing their kitchen area. This will allow more community activities and events to take place here when restrictions allow, which will bring people together and reduce isolation.

Cullyhanna Community Group is using a £9,997 grant to buy equipment so the group can open their facility safely to bring people together for activities and feel connected again. The project will buy PPE, perspex screens, plastic washable chairs, cleaning products, and a dishwasher.

Naíscoil Shliaibh gCuilinn, which is based in the Pastoral Centre in Jonesborough, is using a £10,000 grant towards furnishing their new premises in a purpose-built nursery unit in the village. The new facility will allow the group to provide a safer and child friendly environment for preschool education. 

Another one of the groups funded is River Valley Development Association in Kilkeel, which is using a £10,000 grant to build a large outdoor covered space in the style of a traditional ‘hay shed’ which can be used for community activities to improve health and wellbeing. Skilled volunteers will help build the shed. 

Glyn Hanna, Vice Chairman of River Valley Development Association, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received funding to start this much needed project for Hanna's Close. Our team of dedicated volunteers along with Camphill Community Mourne Grange are eager to start work on the Hay Shed.  

“Once completed, the Hay Shed will make such a difference to so many people who use the site. We work with a broad cross section of the community and this multi-purpose space will provide the perfect location to do our traditional baking and cookery demonstrations as well as events and educational programmes. 

The volunteer team at River Valley Development Association getting ready to start work on the Hay Shed Project down at Hanna's Close. L-R George Fisher - Director, Glyn Hanna - Vice Chairman, Lily Annett - Manager, Ronnie Forsythe - Treasurer, Glyn Mitchell - Associate member and Susanne McKay - Director.
The volunteer team at River Valley Development Association getting ready to start work on the Hay Shed Project down at Hanna's Close. L-R George Fisher - Director, Glyn Hanna - Vice Chairman, Lily Annett - Manager, Ronnie Forsythe - Treasurer, Glyn Mitchell - Associate member and Susanne McKay - Director.

“We are indebted to have received the grant from The National Lottery Community Fund and this will help us to continue to carry out our Charitable work for many years to come". 

 Also receiving funding in the area is Advocacy VSV, Burren Community Forum Ltd, Cullyhanna Community Group, Lislea Men's Shed, Mayobridge GAC, Naiscoil Shliabh gCuilinn, Newcastle Glees Musical Society, Saphara Limited and Sir Hans Sloane Education and Visitor Centre. 

National Lottery players raise around £30 million every week across the UK for good causes like these. The vast majority of grants awarded are for smaller amounts of under £10,000, going to the heart of communities to make a big difference. 

 

Kate Beggs, Northern Ireland Director of The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “We’re delighted to announce funding to organisations across Northern Ireland today. From the very smallest to the largest, these projects are using National Lottery money in different ways to support people of all ages, families and diverse communities to re-build and re-connect. 

"We support charities, community groups, and people with great ideas – large or small. We want to talk to anyone who has an idea or wants more information on funding to support their community. National Lottery players can be proud to know that the money they raise is making such a difference.” 

For more information on funding from The National Lottery Community Fund please visit WWW.TNLCOMMUNITYFUND.ORG.UK

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