‘Cash injection will make real difference’

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Organisations set to benefit from Areas at Risk funding have welcomed the £350,000 cash injection by the DSD, saying the money will make a real difference in local communities.

New Mossley Community Group is hoping to secure £20,000 of funding for its Community Renewal Project, allowing it to develop new premises at Ballyearl Drive.

“This money will enable us to develop new premises and run a variety of events across the board – different events for young people and older people,” explained Jack Shaw, community group chairman.

“We’re hoping to redevelop the old taxi depot beside the chip shop. It’s been lying derelict for years, but we’re hoping to do it up and open it up to the community.”

Stephen McConkey, principal of Hollybank Primary School, said the school is “only too glad” to get funding for its Extra Hands project, which will see professional English and maths tutors brought in to provide additional help for small groups of pupils or even lessons on a one-to-one basis.

“The money will be used to raise the aspirations, self esteem and educational achievement of the pupils at our school, using focussed, professional tutoring over and above what is currently supplied,” he said.

Monkstown Boxing Club is hoping to secure £50,000 for its Positive Futures project.

The funding will enable the club to provide a range of activities for 17 to 25-year-olds, aimed at helping them void “risk-taking behaviour.”

“This is a very worthwhile project that will make a real difference in the local area,” said Paul Johnston, the club’s youth programmes manager.

“This will enable us to work with more young people, providing them with a programme of activities involving sport, helping keep them out of trouble and keep away from risk-taking behaviour.”