JUST over £1million in Lottery funding has been allocated to a number of community projects across Tyrone, which will help mental health, provide transport for rural residents, and improve services for those with disabilities.
The Pomeroy Resource Centre Ltd has received a £66,930 grant for a three-year project to run intergenerational training and education activities, bringing people together to learn new skills, reduce isolation and build friendships. Activities include lacemaking, jewellery making, furniture upcycling, flower arranging, history talks and bus trips.
Margaret Montgomery, who is a founder member and director of Pomeroy Resource Centre, spoke of the facility’s impact on the community. “The centre has dominated life at the top of the hill in Pomeroy for 20 years encouraging a wide range of people of varying ages and backgrounds from Pomeroy and further afield to take part in activities within its walls,” she said.
“We can look back in thankfulness for what has previously been done here and look forward in hope to the future, sharing time, talents and friendships, old and new, with the fabulous support and funding received from The National Lottery Community Fund.
“The Resource Centre is just a building – it is the people and the interactions of those people that gives it strength, which we can continue to provide for the next three years and beyond.”
A short distance away, the Creggan Education and Research Services have been boosted by a £198,410 grant for a three-year project in improving the physical and mental health of people in Omagh and nearby rural townlands.
The project is using the natural setting of bogs, forests and gardens and the wider An Creagán site at the foothills of the Sperrins to deliver weekly activities and events for local people. Activities include a forest school for parents and toddlers, family events, intergenerational arts, exercise, social events, befriending, and horticulture therapy workshops.
In Dungannon, Willowbank Limited is working with Willowbank Organic Producers and will use their £294,000 grant to provide more services for people with physical or sensory disabilities to reduce isolation, improve wellbeing and improve their self-esteem.
Activities are based at the group’s site in Dungannon with people attending from nearby villages including Augher, Clogher, Fivemiletown, Aughnacloy, Moy and Coalisland. The project is focusing on horticultural and upcycling activities but it will also provide training to support enterprise activities including movie-making, e-commerce and website management.
Easilink Community Transport which operates across Fermanagh and Omagh, Derry and Strabane has been awarded £452,207 to provide transport for rural residents who have difficulty accessing public transport, including older people, people with disabilities and low-income families.
This five-year project will include transport to hospitals across the Western Health and Social Care Trust area and services outside the local area.
They are also developing a volunteer car scheme and running trips. They will recruit and train volunteer drivers who will use their own cars and accompany people who need support.