Department for Communities announces investment of £678,796 in North West

Date published: 10 July 2018

The Department for Communities has announced Neighbourhood Renewal Investment funding towards capital projects in Limavady and Strabane.

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The Bethany Community Trust in Limavady has secured £400,000 towards the building of a new high quality community hall. The hall will be located on the site adjacent to St Marys Church at Irish Green Street which is in the centre of the Limavady Neighbourhood Renewal Area.

Funding of £278,796 will enable Strabane Health Improvement Project to remove and replace the current porta cabin with the construction of a new Modular Community Health Building at Ballycolman in the Strabane Neighbourhood Renewal Area.

Sharon McCullagh, Acting Deputy Director of Community Empowerment Division, North West Office said: “The completion of these buildings will greatly benefit all those who live in the areas, and will provide a hub for people to come together. This investment will increase community based service provision and will help to improve the quality of life for the people in the Neighbourhood Renewal Areas.”

Neighbourhood Renewal has provided specific revenue funding to a range of service providers, primarily from the local community and voluntary sector. These monies have met salary, overhead and programme costs and in many instances have acted as a catalyst to secure financial resources from other funding bodies. 

This funding has helped the quality of life for people living in the most deprived neighbourhoods and has ensured that they have had better access to the best possible services and opportunities which make for a better quality of life for themselves and their families and has made neighbourhoods more attractive places to live in.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The Bethany Community Trust (Private Company Limited by Guarantee) whose members have been working together for five years will manage the project in Limavady and total projects costs are approx. £1.2million with the Trust securing the additional funding
  2. The Bethany Community Trust will be seeking to commence demolition works on the site as soon as possible
  3. Strabane Health Improvement Project (SHIP) is a Community Interest Company based in Ballycolman Estate, Strabane and DfC is meeting full project costs of £278,796
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