Down Groups Receive Lottery Funding

County Down groups given grants boost from National Lottery Awards for All.

Community groups in Co. Down are celebrating after being awarded National Lottery funding.

Urban Community Chef CIC is amongst the 104 groups across Northern Ireland who are sharing £946,765 from The National Lottery Community Fund’s Awards for All programme.

Yahooooo! Around 23 groups across County Down receive Lottery funding.

The group, based outside Portaferry, supports low income families, older and younger people, refugees and asylum seekers to learn about sustainable, nutritious eating. They have been awarded a £9,650 grant to run a programme of nutrition and cooking workshops in local community kitchens. At the end of the course they will hold a celebration event to bring people from different cultures together to share food and learn from one another.

Lislea Men’s Shed in Camlough, Newry, supports local men to come together, build relationships, and share skills. They are using a grant of £6,869 to buy wood working equipment, gardening and power tools, and to run visits to other men’s sheds and gardens to build relationships with men beyond the immediate area.

Sprocket Kids Club CIC in Newcastle is using a £9,933 grant to buy new equipment for the club including tables, chairs, and games. They are also running activities including cookery, arts and crafts, and a summer scheme, and buying tablets and headphones for the young people to use.

uHub Therapy Centre CIC based in Bangor, supports children, young people and adults with mental health problems or a disability through counselling, life coaching, music therapy and group work. They are using a grant of £10,000 for temporary staff to support the group’s work.

Also receiving funding is St John’s Drumnaquoile GAA Club; Portaferry and Strangford Trust Ltd; Portaferry Community Services Ltd; Portavogie Coastal Rowing Club; and Heart of the Dorn C.I.C; Down Parish Church; Cranfield Single Star LOL 907; Carnagat Area Community Association; Home Start Newry And Mourne; The Aghaderg Circle of Friends; Dromore Orange Hall Committee; Friends of Newbridge College; Letsdo Veterans Support & Rehabilitation Limited; LCC Community Trust; Lisburn Senior Gateway Club, St Colman’s Primary School; and Tonagh Primary School.

Kate Beggs, The National Lottery Community Fund Northern Ireland Director, said: “I am delighted to announce these grants today to projects supporting people across Northern Ireland. They are using the funding in diverse ways but the common thread is that they are all being led by local people who are using National Lottery money to develop great ideas to help their communities thrive.

“Small pots of funding from National Lottery Awards for All are bringing people together to make good things happen. I want to say thanks to all the National Lottery players who have helped make this possible.”

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