Clogher Valley Decides!

On 6th December, we held our first ever participatory budgeting event in Northern Ireland when the Clogher Valley Community Centre became a hive of activity.

Fifteen groups from the Clogher Valley area were invited along to pitch their project idea to their local community in the hope of getting funding of up to £500.

Nearly one hundred local people braved the cold to come along and vote for their favourite project.

Ten groups received funding on the night and this is what they will be up to between now and April 2019:

Augher Central Primary School PTFA
Lights, Camera, Action

This project will be a Drama and Music based club, teaching children about the world of the stage and theatre, along with providing opportunities for performance. Funding would enable the school to host the club and would be open to all children from the wider Clogher Valley community. At the end of the sessions the children would perform for friends and family in a community event showcasing the local talent.

Augher Development Association
Defibrillator Training

The group recently installed an outside defibrillator for the use of the whole community. This is located on the town side of the Spar shop. They would like to host a training seminar to have members of community trained in the use of the defibrillator which they hope will be of great benefit to all.

Campa Mhic Artain
St. Patricks Programme

Campa mhic artain is an irish language, sport and music orientated summer camp based in augher, in the heart of the clogher valley. Funding would allow the group to run a project around the St. Patricks Day festivities, which will include an event on St. Patrick’s day itself in and around the village of Augher.

Carntall PTA
Ready, Steady, Read

The group would like funding to create a shared library for children who find reading difficult. To do this they would like to purchase a collection of books which would be levelled according to age and topic and essentially shared between the three local primary schools within the Clogher Valley. (St Mac Cartans Primary School, Augher Central Primary School and Carntall Primary School).

Castlecaulfield Eco Buddies
The “Beyond Limits” project

The group are a cross community youth group from 8 years to 14+. Funding would cover the costs of the “Beyond Limits” project. This is an inter generational programme where the children visit local nursing homes interacting with the residents through various activities.

Clogher Valley Beekeepers Association
Beekeeping Training for Beginners

The group would like funding to hold a series of training classes in the Clogher Valley area, for members of the public who are interested in learning some of the basic practical skills, in the declining craft of beekeeping.

Cúchulainn an Ghleanna
Club Training

This group are a hurling and camogie club, established in late 2016. They would like funding to rent a hall for 8 nights over a two month period to provide training sessions for children living in the Clogher Valley area.

Fivemiletown Women’s Institute
The Clogher Valley Area Events Project

The group would like funding to hold 2 area wide events targeting 120 women from the 8 WI’s across the Clogher Valley Area. The first is a Bowls and Quiz Evening on 28 February 2019 where women can either observe or take part in the quiz and bowls competitions. The second event is a one day Craft School on 9 March 2019 when local tutors will demonstrate and teach women 6 different traditional crafts. Both events will take place in St John’s Hall, Fivemiletown.

Home Start Clogher Valley
The Volunteer Support Project

Home-Start Clogher Valley trains volunteers from within the locality to visit and support families with young children in their own homes. Volunteers willingly give up 2-4 hours of their time each week to help support a family in need. Funding will cover the volunteers’ travel expenses and training to allow them to continue to support families in the area.

Tully Meadow Community Association
The Mindfulness through Creativity & Horticulture Project

Funding will cover the costs of creative craft and horticultural activities workshops for the community. It is a great way of bringing people together, making new friends, learning new skills and sharing existing skills.

All of the groups will be invited along to a celebration event we are hosting during May 2019 to tell their local community all about their project and how it went. If you would like to come along please get in touch with us and we will keep you informed. You can contact our team at:

Jenny Fitzgerald
028 9055 1494 or 079 7138 7154

Colin Howells
028 9055 1434 or 079 7138 7167

Helen Hill
028 9055 1436 or 079 7138 7150

Michael Liggett
028 9055 1429 or 078 3724 8038

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