NORTH Coast Community Transport has received a half million pounds funding boost from the National Lottery Community Fund.
North Coast Community Transport is using a £500,000 grant to run their ‘Wheels to Wellbeing’ project over the next four years.
The group are using fully adapted buses and vehicles to provide transport for older people and vulnerable adults living in rural areas across the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough.
The project enables users to attend hospital/medical appointments and other recreational activities to improve their health and well-being.
In the latest funding 34 projects across Northern Ireland shared in a total of £2,138,400.
Antrim and Newtownabbey groups receive over £16,000 National Lottery funding.
Fitmoms and Kids, based in Newtownabbey, is using a grant of £10,000 to deliver mental health workshops for mothers across the Antrim and Newtownabbey council area, who have a child with Autism.
The project provides a space for mothers to come together and build relationships with each other whilst actively caring for their mental health. The funding is being used to host workshops, counselling, hypnosis, and holistic therapies.
The Sunnylands and Woodburn Community Development Group, based in Carrickfergus, is using a £5,000 grant to provide essential packs which include bread, milk, canned food and hand sanitiser, barbeque packs, activity packs and weekly dinners for older members of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project helps keep the community engaged and reduces isolation.
Tannaghmore Primary School Parents Association is using a £1,840 to re-locate their outdoor play activity equipment to two local schools in Crumlin and Glenariff so that children and young people from these communities can benefit from the positive impacts of outdoor play, as Tannaghmore Primary School is closing and no longer needs the equipment.
Kate Beggs, Northern Ireland Director of The National Lottery Community Fund said: “The wide range of projects funded today demonstrates the strength of their members and communities and the importance of staying connected with each other in these unprecedented times. It’s inspiring to see all these groups, staff and volunteers rising to the challenges of COVID-19 and looking to the future, supporting people in need.
“These awards, made possible by National Lottery players, recognise the incredible work happening across Northern Ireland. National Lottery players can be proud to know that money they raise is continuing to make such a difference.”
All National Lottery funded projects can contact their Funding Officer if they need advice or have any questions about their grant. Full updates from the organisation regarding our response to COVID-19, information on applying for grants and general contact details can be found on our website www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk