Groups given grants boost from National Lottery Awards for All

Groups across County Antrim are celebrating after being awarded National Lottery funding.

Braid Valley Community First Responders is amongst the 104 groups across Northern Ireland who are sharing £946,765 from The National Lottery Community Fund’s Awards for All programme.

The group, based in Broughshane, is using £9,975 to buy seven defibrillators and response kits to support the group’s work as community first responders in Broughshane, Ballymena and surrounding rural areas.

All Saints Parish (Kirkinriola Community Services), based in Ballymena, runs community activities to bring local people together. They are using a £9,288 grant to make repairs to their community venue, including new lighting, a new safety barrier, and other repairs and upgrades to make the space safe and accessible.

Ravel Rascals playgroup, based in Martinstown, is using a £9,227 grant to refurbish their kitchen and their storage and serving area. This will support the work the group does with local families.

Turning Point NI based in Ballymena, provides mental health crisis support for people in need. They have been awarded a £10,000 grant to run a programme of crisis intervention and aftercare counselling, and information talks to raise awareness and understanding.

Also receiving funding is Glarryford Farmers Hall Limited. The group is using £8,800 to buy equipment for use in their hall including tables, chairs, an electric piano and cleaning supplies, and to run an open day event. The equipment will help the group to keep running activities and events for the local community.

Glenarm Village Committee Ltd supports local residents to come together and build relationships. They are using a £2,859 grant to start a friendship club for older people in the area and take part in a programme of activities, including music, quizzes, and informative talks on subjects chosen by the older people themselves.

Antrim Festival Group brings local people together for an annual week-long festival. They are using a grant of £10,000 to run activities at the Antrim Festival 2019, including a community parade, music from local artists, and a family fun day, as well as covering security, first aid, and equipment costs.

Crumlin Integrated Primary School is using a grant of £9,990 to make improvements to its playground, including building two playhouses, playground markings for hopscotch, football, and creative play, and a mud kitchen and chalkboards. This will encourage the children to be more active and enhance their learning.

Groggan Primary School PTA supports Groggan Primary School outside Randalstown and the wider community. They are using a grant of £9,719 for after-school sensory wellbeing activities for pupils, to install a sensory wall and buy sensory equipment. They are also running sensory discos during the school year.

Bushside LOL 923 near Armoy, is using a £9,247 grant buy tables and chairs for their hall to support the group’s community activities. They are also using the grant to make their hall more accessible to people with disabilities.

Kate Beggs, The National Lottery Community Fund Northern Ireland Director, said: “I am delighted to announce these grants today to projects supporting people across Northern Ireland.

“They are using the funding in diverse ways but the common thread is that they are all being led by local people who are using National Lottery money to develop great ideas to help their communities thrive.

“Small pots of funding from National Lottery Awards for All are bringing people together to make good things happen. I want to say thanks to all the National Lottery players who have helped make this possible.”

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