Bethany Community Hall to benefit Limavady residents

Date published: 31 August 2023

A new community hall and social hub has opened in Limavady, thanks to a major investment from the Department for Communities.

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Bethany Community Hall has been part-funded by the Department for Communities with a £400,000 award through the Neighbourhood Renewal Investment Fund, with Bethany Community Trust securing the additional funding.

Speaking during a visit to the facility, Department for Communities Deputy Secretary Emer Morelli said the new hall was a welcome boost for the area.

“This fantastic space has opened in the heart of this community and will greatly benefit all those who live in Limavady and the surrounding areas. The hall will provide a shared, accessible space for people to come together.  

“This investment will increase community-based service provision and ensure that residents from the Neighbourhood Renewal Areas, and elsewhere in the locality, have access to the best possible facilities. Community and youth groups will be able to extend the services they provide, making it an enjoyable space for all residents to use and enjoy. 

"It is an excellent example of what can be achieved through effective partnership working.”

This new build project provides a community hall and social hub consisting of multi-purpose spaces, administration offices and meeting rooms, as well as an industrial kitchen and additional facilities, extending the range of services offered to the wider community.

Francis McAuley, Chair of the Trustees of the Bethany Community Centre, acknowledged the culmination of the project. 

Mr McAuley said:

“This is a welcome investment for the local area and will provide a wonderful resource for people of all ages and abilities.  We appreciate the practical and financial support we have received from the Department, and the wider community in Limavady, and know that this resource will enhance the quality of life for residents in the area. 

"This safe, modern building will be used by a diverse range of groups, providing them with the space and facilities to organise activities and services for all.” 

Mr McAuley added:

“Residents and the wider community, particularly those who are most vulnerable, will be welcomed at Bethany to participate in activities and be involved in community life.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. £400,000 in funding was provided towards the construction costs by the Department for Communities Neighbourhood Renewal Investment Fund.
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