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£200k boost for Ballycastle groups

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People in the Ballycastle area are improving their health and well-being, thanks to a grant from Big Lottery Fund.

Solas Moyle has been awarded £173,990 for their five-year Community Well Being project. It is one of four projects across Northern Ireland that are receiving grants totalling £1,051,936 today under the People and Communities programme (see separate table for list of awards).

The Community Well Being Hub project is using the grant to develop their current community led mental health and wellbeing hub in Ballycastle. The project is better supporting people by running a more consistent drop-in service and a long-term programme.

It is providing early one-to-one and group support including counselling, gardening, art and crafts, cookery, and sessions with other groups and schools. The project is targeting people who tend to be more isolated such as men, vulnerable young adults, carers, young parents, older people and people in rural areas in the Glens where support is limited.

Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund NI Director, said: “I am delighted to announce the first four grants awarded under the People and Communities programme, which is investing £60 million over the next five years to support voluntary, community and social enterprise groups to work with local people to make the changes they want in their communities.

“We want to fund great projects that work with local people, build on a community’s strengths, and are well connected to other services and activities in the community. We are looking forward to seeing the positive impact these projects will make to people and communities across Northern Ireland.

“Remember this programme is open for five years so groups have plenty of time to work with local people to develop their project idea. You can call our People and Communities advice line on 0300 123 33 31 at any stage to discuss your idea.”

The People and Communities programme offers grants of between £30,000 and £500,000 for two to five year projects. More information can be found on our website, https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/northern-ireland/people-and-communities

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