The Big Lottery announced today that The West Armagh Consortium have been successful in their application to People and Communities strand of funding. The consortium is delighted with the award that amounts to almost £197,000 investment in local community. Below is how the Big Lottery made the announcement on their own website earlier today.
'West Armagh Consortium is working with eight local community groups on the three-year West Armagh Community Support and Development Project. They are using a £196,801 grant to employ a manager to coordinate a joint activity programme with all the groups including, action planning workshops, a volunteer programme, marketing activities, health and wellbeing activities, a youth programme, older people’s activities, and intercultural events. The project has been designed and developed by local people involved with each of the groups that are working together on this project: Callan Street Residents Group; Drumarg Community Association; Mullacreevie Residents Association; Drumbreda/St.Brigid’s Hill Residents Association; Callanbridge/Legar Hill Park Residents Association; Association of Bulgarian Culture and Education; St Patricks Park Residents Association; and Westenders Senior Citizens Group.'
The project will be based that our premises at Cathedral Road and speaking on the announcement consortium chairman Stephen Fields said, “The award from Big Lottery is a major financial boost for the community in West Armagh. It will enable us to provide a much needed resource that will be for the benefit of local groups. In addition to the resource programme costs have been awarded also. We look forward to delivering the project that will benefit local people.”
The West Armagh Consortium was among a number of groups that received funding from the Big Lottery Fund. Julie Harrison ,Big Lottery Fund NI Chair, said, “We want to fund great projects with local people, build on a community’s strengths, and we are well connected to other services and activities in the community.
“We look forward to seeing the positive impact these projects will make to people and communities across Northern Ireland “