The National Lottery Community Fund has announced funding to groups in the Newry, Mourne and Down area to tackle local issues, including challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and improving health and well-being over the Christmas period. Many local community groups have benefitted from todays announcement.


St. Patrick's Church, Newry, is using a £10,000 grant over one year towards the £18,000 salary of a new part-time facility coordinator to manage the various community groups that currently use the church hall and to engage with new groups, agencies and organisations to get the best use out of the facility, supporting the local community.

St Patrick's Church, Newry received a £10,000 Award from Awards for All. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
St Patrick's Church, Newry received a £10,000 Award from Awards for All. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Bolster Community (formally known as SPACE NI), based in Newry, is using a £9,850 grant to deliver a programme for girls aged 12 to 15 struggling with issues including negative self-image, unhealthy relationships and mental health issues. The project aims to give the opportunity to become more self-aware and recognise their strengths and abilities to build resilience and make better informed choices. 


Camlough Community Association Limited is using a £10,000 grant to buy food vouchers to support 100 families over the Christmas period. The project will support families in Camlough, Bessbrook and Cloughreagh, who have suffered from financial and mental health difficulties as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. 


Meigh Community Pre School  is using a £10,000 grant to purchase PPE, washable toys, outdoor dividers and an additional staff member to help with the additional cleaning and keeping children in separate pods. This will help them continue to deliver their services in a safer environment.


The Cumann Pheadair Naofa CLG Warrenpoint, is using a £10,000 grant to support people in the local community who are struggling due to COVID-19. The project is providing food parcels and essential items for people and helping towards the costs of utilities and advertising for the group.


Cosy Corner Playgroup, based in Crossmaglen, is using a £2,500 grant towards salary costs to help keep their service open, which is vital for local children. COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their usual fundraising. 


Kingdom Youth Club, based in the Kilkeel area, is using a £6,250 grant to create a Healthy Hub space in their premises in An Riocht CLG. The project will run activities such as training courses and mental health advice, to support the health and well-being of the whole community.

C21 Theatre Company Ltd is using a £5,159 grant to create a poetry book using stories from residents in a number of care homes in Newry, Antrim, Armagh, Banbridge, Belfast, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and Portadown. The project will give the residents a voice and improve their well-being as well as that of their families and carers.

Other groups in the area awarded a Christmas funding boost are: Ballynahinch Men's Shed, Drumaness Cross Community Playgroup, Adhd Parent Support Group Co.Down, Dunnaman Children's Centre, Loughinisland GAC, The Pantry, Mourne Stimulus Limited, Castlewellan Community Partnership Ltd, Harry's Place CIC, Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, Downpatrick Community Collective and The Cancer Fund for Children. 

National Lottery players raise around £30 million every week across the UK for good causes like these. Although the vast majority of grants awarded are for smaller amounts of under £10,000, National Lottery money continues to fund longer term projects also, helping key groups in society and underpinning our health services.  

Kate Beggs, Northern Ireland Director of The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “It’s great to see such a diverse range of projects being funded to help people stay connected and healthy. We know that even a small amount of money can really make a big difference. All of these groups are rising to the challenges of COVID-19, supporting well-being now, over the festive period and in the future. 

"People know best what is needed in their area and we want to talk to anyone who has an idea or wants more information on funding to support their community. 

“National Lottery players can be proud to know that the money they raise is making such a difference across Northern Ireland.” 

The National Lottery Community Fund would like to talk to anyone in the Newry, Mourne and Down area about their ideas for funding and give advice.  

Contact The National Lottery Community Fund on 028 4378 0003, or visit WWW.TNLCOMMUNITYFUND.ORG.UK

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