National Lottery Community Fund shines a light on investment in Derry and Strabane

Today our UK board were out and about in Derry/Londonderry shining a light on some of the great projects we have funded in the city and celebrate the difference National Lottery players’ money has made.

In the past year, we have invested just over £2 million in National Lottery cash in 64 projects in Derry City and Strabane. Ranging from £922 to allow a playgroup to deliver creative activities to one of £500,000 to support young people to become health and wellbeing champions.

Board members visited organisations across the city and saw the difference money raised by National Lottery players is making to people’s lives.

One of the projects the Board visited was Liberty Consortium where they saw how National Lottery cash is helping the group support young people with learning disabilities to become more independent and confident.

They visited the group’s Playtrail site, which offers play and outdoor learning, and its HUB, which provides day opportunities for young adults with learning disabilities.

Anne Marie Donnelly, transition manager at Liberty Consortium, said: “We were delighted to host the UK Board of the National Lottery Fund and show them what a difference this investment is making to our young people.

“They got a chance to see our Playtrail site, including meeting young people gaining valuable work experience in our Tea in the Park mobile coffee shop.

“They also met young people in our HUB and saw one of their disability awareness performances. It’s amazing to see how far the young people have come and we want to say thanks to National Lottery players for making it possible.”

The UK Board also visited Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum, Kinship Care and Caw Nelson Drive Action Group and Gortilea Social Farm in Claudy.

Our chair, Julie Harrison, said: “I’m delighted to welcome UK colleagues to Derry/Londonderry to celebrate our investment and to see first-hand how National Lottery money is improving people’s lives and communities.

“It’s wonderful to see that so many groups are using National Lottery funding to help communities to thrive. Like all the projects we fund, the projects that our UK Board have visited today are making a real difference to the lives of many local people.

“It’s also great to see the legacy that we have created with more than 20 years of investment into organisations across the north west and to celebrate the impact and journey over that time.

“It’s particularly timely that we have been able to see that impact as we approach the 25th birthday of the National Lottery later this year.”

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