Primary school children and young people have more training opportunities and equipment, thanks to a grant from Big Lottery Fund.
St John’s Parent Teacher Association has received a £9,661 grant from Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme. It is part of a Big Lottery Fund grants roll out today of £693,133 to 82 groups across Northern Ireland including five groups in the Ballymena area sharing in a total of £48,041 from Awards for All.
St John’s Parent Teacher Association supports the pupils and staff of St John’s Primary School in Carnlough. They received a £9,661 grant to provide 27 iPads and accessories for use by the pupils and parents.
PTA Chair Margaret Quinn said: “At St John’s, the PTA has always been an integral part of the school community. We are delighted to have accessed funding that will not only develop the children’s skills but will also give something back to the community who have supported us so generously.
“The school and nursery have always recognised the importance of working in partnership with home and the community to give the children the best possible basis for fulfilling their potential. The introduction of iPads is giving everyone a chance to develop new skills together.”
Principal Mrs Haughey said: “Last week the school received a delivery of iPads, to the delight of the children. We are indebted to the PTA for the many initiatives they have driven throughout the years but this is certainly one of the most exciting and is sure to have a lasting impact on a great many people.”
Ballymena Unit Sea Cadet Corps works with young people aged ten to 18 to teach new skills, leadership and team working through nautical adventure activities. They are using the £10,000 to purchase a boat, motor and road trailer.
Ballykeel Together Development Association provides community activities in the Ballykeel estate in Ballymena. They are using the £8,903 to provide a range of activities for the community including intergenerational arts and crafts, dance classes and family outings.
Bann Valley Community Group provides a wide range of activities for all age groups from the local community in the rural area of Portglenone, Co Antrim. They are using the £9,960 to upgrade the fire safety provisions in their hall.
Seaview Primary School in Glenarm caters for children aged 4-11 years old. They received £9,517 to upgrade the playground with new equipment for the children and the local pre-school to use during breaks and for after school activities, and will also provide a sensory room of particular benefit to pupils with special needs.