Rathcoole funding is a ‘great act of compassion’

Minister Nelson McCausland is welcomed to Newtownabbey Methodist Mission by Mary Henderson (pastoral assistant) and Rev Charles Harris from Glengormley Methodist Church. Minister McCausland was at the Mission to announce funding for their pastoral care programme.
Minister Nelson McCausland is welcomed to Newtownabbey Methodist Mission by Mary Henderson (pastoral assistant) and Rev Charles Harris from Glengormley Methodist Church. Minister McCausland was at the Mission to announce funding for their pastoral care programme.

Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland has awarded £27,975 of funding to Newtownabbey Methodist Mission.

This Neighbourhood Renewal funding will allow the organisation to expand its support to those with caring responsibilities in the Rathcoole area.

Minister McCausland said: “This is very good news for those with caring responsibilities in the area.

“Rathcoole Neighbourhood Partnership has recognised the need to further support those who provide daily care for family, friends and neighbours.

“Sharing the Care will train volunteers and provide information, advice and support to carers, thereby reducing the feeling of isolation. This project supports my Department’s strategic objective of social renewal, which aims to improve the quality of life for people in some of our most deprived neighbourhoods.”

Acting chairman of Newtownabbey Methodist Mission ‘Sharing the Care’ programme, Reverend Charles Harris added: “The award of funding for this project is a great act of community compassion.

“It will help support the many carers who often feel so isolated. Sharing the Care will give invaluable support to many unsung heroes who provide care daily.”