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The National Lottery Community Fund is encouraging people to get in touch if they have an idea about supporting their community during this challenging time.

This comes as £331,040 has just been given to groups in the Newry, Mourne and Down area to help tackle the big issues, such as keeping people connected and mental health. For a full list of groups awarded grants recently, please see attached.

The National Lottery Community Fund is happy to talk to anyone in the Newry, Mourne and Down area about their ideas and give advice.  Since March, they have given over £11.2 million in grants to 469 new projects in Northern Ireland, as well as supporting current grant holders with additional funding.

Recent Grants

Kilkeel Parish Bridge Association who is using a £289,890 grant to run their ‘Regenerate Mental Health Hub’ project over the next five years which offers sustainable and effective support to young people with mental health issues. The funding is being used to recruit and train volunteers to help support the young people, to raise awareness, and offer the necessary skills to other groups, and organisations, to help meet mental health needs. The project is providing one-to-one counselling for young people and delivering training in schools for teachers and students which includes mental health workshops and seminars to develop resilience and to improve their confidence, self-esteem and self-worth.

Newry Gateway Club is using a grant of £9,300 to carry out a range of refurbishment works to its building, including refitting the kitchen and toilet areas to benefit people in the community with physical and learning disabilities. The upgrades ensure the building is accessible for all users.

The Newry and Mourne Multiple Sclerosis Community Therapy Centre is using a £7,461 grant to service and upgrade their Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy equipment. The necessary upgrades ensure that the group can provide sessions to support people who have been shielding due to COVID-19 and have been experiencing the negative effects of isolation, both mentally and physically.

Rathore School, based in Newry, is using a £10,000 grant to provide animal assisted learning activities in conjunction with a local farm. Activities include physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and horse-riding lessons for those with a disability. The programme addresses sensory needs, social and emotional well-being while enhancing communication and social interaction. 

Shop Mobility Newry is using a grant of £2,839 to install safety screens and hands-free dispensers to ensure their premises can reopen safely. The group are also using the funding to upgrade their website with COVID-19 guidelines and procedures, including training videos. 

Kate Beggs, Northern Ireland Director of The National Lottery Community Fund said “People know best what is needed in their area. We want to fund projects that have been developed by people in an area, not projects that are done to them. This is more important than ever during this ever-changing pandemic.

Kate continued “It’s inspiring to see all these projects rising to the challenges of COVID-19 and looking to the future, supporting people in need. The wide range of projects funded demonstrates the strength of their members and the importance of staying connected with each other in these unprecedented times.

“National Lottery players can be proud to know that the money they raise is making such a difference across Northern Ireland.”

If you would like to talk about an idea you have or applying for funding, please phone The National Lottery Community Fund on 028 4378 0003 or visit WWW.TNLCOMMUNITYFUND.ORG.UK

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