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Funding Boost for Northern Ireland Groups

Isolated older people and adults with learning disabilities are among those benefiting from almost £800,000 of National Lottery funding.

A total of 86 community groups and schools across Northern Ireland are sharing in £736,023 from Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

Saval Cara Club, based outside Newry, has been awarded a £4,685 grant to run a range of creative and health programmes for older people to reduce isolation and reduce loneliness, including boccia, card making, flower arranging, trips away, and a Christmas dinner.

Walkway Community Association, based in east Belfast, is using a £9,980 grant to run life coaching, aromatherapy and stress management classes for local woman to empower them and improve their ability to better cope with stress, anxiety and low self-esteem.

Termon Community Responders, based in the Carrickmore area in Co Tyrone, also received a £10,000 grant to establish five new subgroups of first responders to better serve the local area. They’re also recruiting new volunteer members to support these subgroups.

Carnalridge Primary School PTA based in Portrush, has been awarded a £9,999 grant to build an adventure trail and a sensory garden with an outdoor learning hut to encourage physical activity and learning about nature.

Also receiving funding is Parents & Friends of Glenside Community. The group, based in Strabane, is using a £5,000 grant to deliver workshops for adults with learning disabilities to help them appreciate and perform music through singing and drumming.

Download a full list of grants awarded across Northern Ireland.

Julie Harrison, Big Lottery Fund NI Chair, said: “I am delighted to announce these grants under the Awards for All programme and I want to say thanks to all the National Lottery players who have helped make this possible.

“Awards for All funds health, education, environment and community projects that help people bring about positive change in their lives, improve health and well-being, develop skills and create safer communities.

“The application process is simple and accessible and shall remain so, making it easy for applicants to successfully apply for small pots of funding that can have such a big impact on local communities and lives.”

Application forms and guidance notes are available to download at For more details call us on 028 9055 1455, or e-mail us at

For media enquiries, contact Rachel Skinner or Lucy Gollogly at the Big Lottery Fund Press Office on 028 90 551 450, 028 90 551 432

Out of Hours Media Contact:         0774 7532846, 07580 811135

Notes to editors

The Big Lottery Fund uses money raised by National Lottery players to help communities achieve their ambitions. From small, local projects to UK-wide initiatives, our funding brings people together to make a difference to their health, wellbeing and environment. Since June 2004 we have awarded £8.5 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people. 

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