EQUIPMENT which can help save lives has been made available to a wide range of community and sporting groups thanks to the ongoing Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Grants Programme.
During a three-year period, from 2016-19, Council approved 21 separate applications for funding for AED’s or defibrillators, with the most recent received from a pre-school group.
Kirkinriola Early Years successfully applied for funding for an Automated External Defibrillator for its site, which welcomes young children and pensioners alike to its building on a daily basis.
The premises are also used regularly for committee meetings and the new equipment will provide urgent treatment in the case of medical emergency.
Gleno Community Association near Larne, meanwhile, was successful in its request for a defibrillator, in addition to training and storage casing for the device.
With more young families and a growing older population, the area is also becoming more popular with walkers and cyclists as home to the stunning Gleno Waterfalls.
Other locations/organisations in the borough with defibrillators are:
Raglan Place, Ballymena
Ballykeel Presbyterian Church
Larne Voluntary Welfare Group
Millbrook Community Association (Larne)
Ballycarry Presbyterian Church
Slemish Look Wider Group
Islandmagee Community Development Association
Back in the Game Ballymena
Gracehill Old School Trust
Wakehurst Football Club
Portglenone Enterprise Group
Parish Of Kilwaughter And Cairncastle With All Saints Craigyhill
Ballymena Rugby Football Club
Braid Valley Community First Responders
Glynn Community Group
Larne Rugby Club
If your community, voluntary or sporting organisation would like to know more about funding for defibrillators, visit www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/grants
The Council’s Grants Team will also be hosting a number of Information Sessions this month to advise groups in the borough of the various funding schemes and levels of funding available.
The workshops will take place as follows:
6pm Tuesday 11 February, Studio Theatre, The Braid, Ballymena
6pm Wednesday 12 February, McGarel Hall, Larne Town Hall
6pm Thursday 13 February, Jubilee Hall, Carrickfergus Town Hall
Places at the workshops are limited, and interested groups should nominate a maximum of two representatives to attend on their behalf. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
To book a place, please contact the Grants Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 028 2563 320 by 12 noon on Friday 7 February.