Young people and rural communities in the Magherafelt area are building connections and increasing knowledge and skills, thanks to a grant from Big Lottery Fund.
Termoneeny Community Association and two other groups in the Magherafelt area are sharing in grants totalling £29,550 from the Awards for All programme. It is part of a Big Lottery Fund grants windfall of £769,369 to 91 groups across Northern Ireland (see full list of awards).
Termoneeny Community Association promotes community development and social inclusion by providing programmes and activities in the Gulladuff area near Maghera. They are using the £9,775 grant to run a number of culture camps during the school holidays for children and young people aged between seven and 18, and training six young people to be young leaders/tutors.
They are holding cross-community culture camps in the summer, Halloween, Christmas and Easter periods for about 500 children from the area.
“During school holidays the area’s young people can feel bored and under-stimulated so culture camps provide a safe and welcoming environment for them to mix and enjoy activities” said Joe McGurk, a member of the association.
The culture camps include a range of events and activities including arts and drama classes, physical and mental health well being activities, visits and workshops on issues including drug and alcohol awareness and culture and heritage.
“These workshops are bringing together young people from all communities to promote understanding of the past and a shared future,” said Joe.
They are also training up to six youth leaders and tutors to deliver the activities alongside adult trainers.
“The training will help young people in the area realise the difference they can make by getting involved in their communities,” Joe McGurk said.