Groups across Northern Ireland are today sharing in £180,605 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate programme.
A total of 50 groups are using grants of £500 to £5,000 to run their own events or activities that allow people to celebrate what makes their local community special. (Click here for a full list of awards)
Here are just a few examples of the good work going on across Northern Ireland.
College Park Avenue Residents Association promotes social and economic regeneration of the local area. They are using a £5,000 grant to hold a ‘spring gathering’ celebration event on 12 March 2017 to bring together the diverse community living in the south Belfast Holylands/University area for a family friendly day of fun.
22nd Old Boys FC, based in north Belfast, provides football training and mental health awareness training to members and their families. The will deliver a community fun day for local people focused on celebrating the Take 5 for Wellbeing message.
Waterside Women’s Centre provides community based education and support for women to give them confidence, skills and qualifications needed to achieve their full potential. They are using the £4,200 to provide activities which will celebrate and promote multiculturalism, diversity and bring people together.
Mulleek Women’s Group, based in a rural area near Belleek, meets weekly to promote wellbeing. They used the £600 for a Christmas family fun day for all ages in the local community hall.
First Steps Women’s Centre provides training, support and education to women and their families in the Dungannon area. They are using the £1,500 to recognise, promote and celebrate the importance of women.
FSWC Information Officer, Bernie Mallon said: “Each year, we recognise, promote and celebrate the importance of women in our locality by hosting a celebratory event showcasing our diversity whilst recognising our community. This event is held on 8th March – International Women’s Day – at our premises and is be open to all. Dungannon has the fastest growing population in NI giving us multicultural and very diverse communities. In the last three years we have worked with over 20 nationalities. Each year these women come together and celebrate their cultures in the form of food, music and dance. This is a day not to be missed.”
Scotch Street Youth Club runs activities for the community in Portadown. They are using the £4,150 to deliver two Christmas celebration events: one for children and one for adults, as well as a Big Community Breakfast and fun day.
Glarryford Young Farmers Club provides activities for 12-30 year olds in a rural community helping to reduce isolation and develop skills. They are using the £2,225 to bring local people together to celebrate the history of their building and the local area over the past 70 years.
Dundrum Coastal Rowing Club supports people from the local area to get involved in rowing. They are using the £5,000 to commemorate the Club winning the Skiffie World Championship in 2016 through a celebration regatta and by building a second boat for new members.