Children and young people in the Maghera area are gaining social and development opportunities and support, thanks to grants from Big Lottery Fund.
Conradh na Gaeilge Charn Tóchair has received a £9,554 grant from Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme. It is part of a Big Lottery Fund grants roll out of £743,207 to 95 groups across Northern Ireland including £38,039 to five groups in the Magherafelt area. (See full list of awards)
Conradh na Gaeilge Charn Tóchair promotes the Irish language in the Carntogher area outside Maghera and beyond. They are using the £9,554 grant to establish a parent and toddler group with the purchase of equipment along with parent classes such as baby yoga and massage. About 40 parents and toddlers are coming to the group – Grúpa Tuistí agus Tachrán – every week from as far away as Portglenone, Magherafelt, Swatragh and Garvagh to gain an introduction to the Irish language. Bi-lingual activities are offered in laughter yoga, toddler yoga, nursery rhymes and stories. health and well-being talks are delivered in English. A wide range of toys, books and puzzles keep the kids entertained in a dafe environment. The group runs on Monday mornigs from 9.30 to 11.25am. Look for Gaeloideachas Chontae Dhoire, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a schedule of activities.
Other Maghera/Magherafelt area projects
Maghera Historical Society, a newly formed organisation is working with local community groups to encourage cohesion through an appreciation of their shared past. They are using the £10,000 grant for a cross community historical resource centre and forum for discussion that will increase mutual understanding.
St Brigid’s Primary School in Magherafelt is using the £10,000 grant for a project to help the increasing numbers of children starting the school with social, emotional, speech, language and behavioural difficulties, through the development of a nurture unit.
Cornstore Youth Club in Draperstown provides a safe place for young people and provides positive activities and events for them. They are using the £3,650 for activities in a variety of skills such as first aid, fitness training, dance, arts and crafts to help to build young people’s confidence and self-esteem.
Tobermore Community Projects provides classes, training, workshops and outings for residents in the Tobermore area of Magherafelt. They are using the £4,835 grant to run a series of events to celebrate their 25th anniversary, including Lazer Tag, magic shows and games for the young people, intergenerational concerts and Big Breakfast events.