Big Lottery funding benefiting local communities

Rathcoole community worker Phil Hamilton (third from left) was among a group of local community representatives who met with Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland MLA and Frank Hewitt from the Big Lottery Fund in Carrickfergus this week. INCT 02-477-RM
Rathcoole community worker Phil Hamilton (third from left) was among a group of local community representatives who met with Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland MLA and Frank Hewitt from the Big Lottery Fund in Carrickfergus this week. INCT 02-477-RM
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Community representatives from Rathcoole, New Mossley, Monkstown, Mount Vernon, Larne and Carrickfergus met with Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland MLA and Frank Hewitt from the Big Lottery Fund this week to discuss the success of projects being run by the Community Support and Development Partnership (CSDP) across East Antrim and North Belfast.

The three-year CSDP initiative, which has been running since 2009, is funded by the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Programme. Big Lottery officials invited Mr McCausland to meet with the local community representatives in Carrickfergus to hear how various projects set up and run by CSDP have been making a difference to people’s lives.

Over the past two-and-a-half years the CSDP has been behind a number of important community initiatives in local areas, including youth projects, health fairs and educational programmes.

Among those who showcased the Partnership’s work across the six localities was the Co-ordinator for the Rathcoole area, Phil Hamilton.

“We showcased the work we have done so far, and the projects that are still going on. This gave us the chance to show how the Big Lottery is helping us to support local communities and what we have been able to achieve. It also showed how important it is for projects like this to continue to be funded,” he commented.

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