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£1.8million National Lottery funding supports health and well-being across our communities

The National Lottery Community Fund is today announcing funding of £1,798,134 to 62 community and voluntary projects who are supporting the health, well-being and quality of life of people across Northern Ireland. For a full list of grants awarded please see table attached below.

The majority of organisations funded are supporting mental health and reducing isolation by keeping people connected and reaching those who need the most help. This includes funding counselling, means for people to stay connected such as laptops or befriending services and activities for promoting well-being.

An impact of COVID-19 has been the restrictions to funerals and the ability of people to come together and grieve. Cruse Bereavement Care NI is using a £422,735 grant to run their ‘Somewhere for Us’ project over the next three years, to provide early intervention bereavement care to support children and young people.

Paul Finnegan, Director of Cruse NI said:

“This project is not only working with the young person, but with their whole family to help improve relationships and get them talking. It is also offering vital one-to-one support, peer led activities and digital sessions, to provide a healthy emotional outlet to increase their resilience, something which is always needed but particularly now during the pandemic and the increased isolation and complete change to our lives.

“Our volunteers and staff continue to support virtually and we are keen to reach out to children and young people who have been impacted by a current or bereavement further back. We haven’t been able to fundraise like we normally do, so this grant and additional funding from the National Lottery to support families in lockdown couldn’t have come at a better time – thank you.”

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