Over £40,000 in grants have been awarded to five Derry community groups by the Big Lottery Fund.

A total of 82 groups across Northern Ireland are sharing in £705,223 from Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

Amongst the groups to benefit are Faughan Rural Community Hub. The group reduces isolation and loneliness experienced by older people in the rural Derry area. The project is using £9,800 to develop a new Technology and Art Club for people aged over 60. 

Also benefitting are the North West Carnival Initiative. The group supports community groups and artists to develop creative skills in Derry. They are using an £8,910 grant to provide workshops for community groups to provide them with the skills to create their own batik-printed silk flags containing a message of relevance to each group.

The Rath Mor 50+ also received a grant. The group provides activities to older people living in the Rathmore area of Derry. The £10,000 grant is being used to organise a range of activities for the coming year to improve their health and well-being.

Also benefitting were St Brigid's Womens Group. The organisation provides activities for women in the Shantallow area of Derry. They are using a £4,410 grant to run activities for older women, including, chair aerobics, knitting, arts and crafts, tea dances and social trips.

St Therese Primary School were also awarded a grant. The school provides primary education to children aged four-11 in Galliagh. The project is using a £9,996 grant to install an accessible, family friendly, outdoor space for use by the school and local community.

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