€150,000 awarded to local groups

by Gazette Reporter
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FUNDING of over €150,000 has been awarded to local Fingal community groups, as part of the National Lottery Funding Grant Scheme.
Eight different organisations in Fingal are set to benefit from the recently announced grant scheme, which will see improved services for people with health needs and requirements.
The funding, which will be awarded through the Department of Health, was welcomed by Fine Gael TD for Dublin North Alan Farrell.
“Each year, the National Lottery Grants are allocated to community health groups who provide a vital service at a community level for people with specific needs. In 2013, I am delighted to say that eight organisations in Fingal will receive funds of up to €150,000 towards improving services for people with health needs, including mental health,” he said. “The main bulk of this funding will be going toward transport services for people with disabilities, mental health services and support for carers of children with special needs.”
Local organisations that will benefit from the grants include the North Fingal Rural Community Transport Ltd (NIFTI), which will receive €50,000 towards the cost of purchasing two wheelchair accessible buses. The Remember Us initiative in Balbriggan, a social group for young people with special needs, will receive €30,000 towards respite breaks, while Nurture Post Natal Depression Support Services in Rush will receive €20,000 for start-up costs. Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Centre will also receive €15,000 to improve pool accessibility for wheelchair users.
Other worthy groups that will receive a grant include the Donabate Senior Citizen’s Group, which will receive €10,500,  Littlesteps Drama Group in Swords which provide a programme for children with ASD (€7,500), and the recently established Snowflakes Autism Support (€7,500) to provide a library service of books and DVDs.
“Improving services that are accessible nearby is vital for those who may need a helping hand. This concept is at the heart of the National Lottery Grants. I would like to commend the hard work and dedication that is put toward providing these services, as well as the Department of Health for investing in and recognising the role that local services play in improving the quality of life and health of our community,” Deputy Farrell concluded.
On behalf of Colm Quigley, chairman of the Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Centre – one of the community groups receiving funding, a spokesperson has said the grant is warmly welcome by the locality.
“The funding is obviously very welcomed and much needed. It will be going towards making the facilities more accessible for everyone and modernising the facility. It will involve a number of small changes that are well needed in the centre,” the spokesperson said.

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