East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has extended congratulations to numerous local community groups for their recent success in gaining support from ‘National Lottery Awards for All’. The fund offers £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.
Mr Dickson commented: “It’s always good to see local groups have success in gaining support for the excellent work they do in our community. I wish them well, and hope that this boost will allow for a continuation, and expansion of community and voluntary services across East Antrim.
Carrick Rangers Academy
Project summary - The group supports young people in Carrickfergus. They are using a £10,000 grant to run a programme of twilight soccer to encourage healthy relationships and connections and help young people avoid getting involved in antisocial behaviour.
Cushendall Men’s Shed
Project summary - The groups supports men in Cushendall. They are using a £9,500 grant to buy equipment for their men’s shed, including work benches, saws, sofas and chairs, a kettle and microwave, flooring and insulation.
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Project summary - The group, based in Cushendall, offers language and culture lessons for children and adults. They are using a grant of £10,000 to buy and furnish a mobile classroom to support their work with the local community.
Jubilee Community Benefit Society
Project summary - The organisation, based in Larne, is a community farm that encourages people to get involved with agriculture and farming. They are using a £10,000 grant to buy a small tractor and related equipment to support their work with the local community.
Carrickfergus Central Primary School
Project summary - The primary school, based in Carrickfergus, is using a grant of £10,000 to buy a RecoBox outdoor classroom to support children’s learning about the environment and provide a space to learn outdoors.
Glenarm Village Committee Ltd
Project summary - The group, based in Glenarm, supports local residents to come together and build relationships. They are using a £2,859 grant to start a friendship club for older people in the area and take part in a programme of activities, including music, quizzes, and informative talks on subjects chosen by the older people themselves.
Project summary - The Larne group provides after school, youth club and autism support programmes for local children and young people. They project will use a grant of £10,000 for training and learning programmes to improve young people’s skills, cultural understanding and employability prospects. Activities include an anti-bullying programme and a cultural diversity programme.
Little Angels Toddler Group
Project summary - The playgroup, based in Larne, is using a £3,195 grant for music and movement activities, outings at Halloween, Easter and during the summer, and a Christmas outing and party.
Victoria Nursery Unit
Project summary - The nursery school in Carrickfergus is using a £10,000 grant to renovate their playground, including providing climbing equipment, a playground surface that is accessible for wheelchair users and other people with mobility needs, and play equipment to encourage outdoor activity and imaginative play.