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Three Newry, Mourne and Down groups have been awarded National Lottery funding to improve health and wellbeing and reduce isolation as we recover from the pandemic 

Shane O’Neills GFC, Camlough has been awarded a £10,000 grant. With their grant they plan to install a new kitchen at their clubhouse to allow more community activities to take place to improve health and wellbeing. 

Shane O'Neill's, Camlough. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

IncredABLE. They are using a £9,512 to make improvements to their Mourne Centre outside Kilkeel which will allow them to facilitate short breaks for children and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism, and provide respite to parents and carers living mostly in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area. 

Clough LOL 1043 will use a £10,000 grant to install a new roof on Clough Orange Hall and upgrade their heating system. This will allow the building to be used for community activities to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.   

 National Lottery players raise around £36 million every week across the UK for good causes like these. The vast majority of grants awarded are for smaller amounts of under £10,000, going to the heart of communities to make a big difference. 

 Kate Beggs, Northern Ireland Director of The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “It’s great to see such a variety of vital projects being funded to help people as they recover from the pandemic. I’m looking forward to seeing how these projects improve communities and the lives of people from across Northern Ireland as people start to come together again to re-build and re-connect.  

“National Lottery players can be proud to know that the money they raise is making such a difference to people's lives.” 

 For more information on applying for funding please visit  WWW.TNLCOMMUNITYFUND.ORG.UK


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