THREE Northern Ireland Big Lottery Funded Projects Need Local Votes to Win Major Award

By Kathy Darling, Big Lottery Fund Commuications Assistant

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The Northern Ireland Hospice Carer’s Project has been shortlisted in this year’s prestigious National Lottery Awards. The project is now appealing for public support as it bids to make it all the way to the star-studded awards cermony in September which will be broadcast on BBC One.

Barbara Watson, project manager at the Northern Irland Hospice said: “Caring for a loved one at the end of their life can be stressful and traumatic expereince that has a huge impact on the carer’s working life, finances and own mental health.

“At the Northern Ireland Hospice Carers’ Project, we provide acess to information on practical matters such as daily care of patients, benefits and grants and more sensitive matters such as what to expect when someone is dying, and how to make funeral arrangements.

“The work of carers ofen goes unrecognised in the most difficult of circumstances. We would dearly love ot win a National Lottery Award as further recognition of the tireless and selfless work of carers throughout Northern Ireland. We hope everyone in Northern Ireland and beyond will vote for us in the finals.”

National Museums Northern Ireland’s Live and Learn project now has a chance of appearing on national televison. The Live and Learn project is now appealing for public support as it also bids to make it all the way to star studded ceremony in September.

Catherine McCullough, Head of Learning and Partnership, from National Museums Northern Ireland, said: “The Live and Learn project engages older people who would not normally be users of museums because of isolation or access difficulties.

“The aim of this project is to promote tolerance and social inclusion through our wonderful collections, resources and unique museum sites. We are engaging with older people to increase opportuntities for learning and creativity through a range of activities including creative workshops, tradtional crafts, special events and museum visits.

Foyle Women’s Aid has been shortlisted in this year’s prestigious National Lottery Awards. The project provides shelter for women and children affected by domestic violence in Derry/L’derry. National Lottery funding of £50,000 has allowed them to create a safe outdoor space for residents to enjoy. Comprising of a tranquil garden with barbeque area, picnic tables and children’s play area, the Secret Garden allows residents of the shelter some respite from the stresses of communal living in a calm outdoor space.

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