Local groups awarded National Lottery funding to improve health and wellbeing as we recover from the pandemic

Local groups awarded National Lottery funding to improve health and wellbeing as we recover from the pandemic

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced funding to groups in the Causeway Coast and Glens area to improve health and wellbeing and reduce isolation as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

One of the groups funded is Home-Start Causeway in Coleraine. They are using a £148,831 grant to support vulnerable parents and carers with young children, from across the Causeway Coast and Glens council area. Over five years the group will provide rapid response support to vulnerable parents in their own home and through family support sessions.  The project will provide parents with resources, practical support and guidance to provide their children with a happy home environment and the best start in life.

Ballymoney Men’s Shed has also been awarded a £10,000 grant to improve facilities in their premises to encourage their current members to return and more local men to join after the COVID-19 pandemic. The group is also buying more equipment for their activities and planning outings for their members to improve their health and wellbeing.

Also receiving funding in the area is Building Ballysally Together, Londonderry County Scout Council and Rasharkin and District Rural Cultural and Education Society.

National Lottery players raise around £36 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: “It’s great to see such a variety of vital projects being funded to help people as they recover from the pandemic. I’m looking forward to seeing how these projects improve communities and the lives of people from across Northern Ireland as people start to come together again to re-build and re-connect.

“National Lottery players can be proud to know that the money they raise is making such a difference to people's lives.”

For more information on applying for funding please visit  www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/northern-ireland.

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