New look for Doagh Playgroup after funding award

Jo Preston and Beth Greer with some of the children from Doagh Playgroup. INNT 18-482-RM
Jo Preston and Beth Greer with some of the children from Doagh Playgroup. INNT 18-482-RM

DOAGH Playgroup staff and children have celebrated winning a grant for the supply of new equipment.

The group, based in the Orange Hall in The Entry in the village, has already undergone a transformation after a refurbishment carried out by Doagh Cultural Society.

The main playroom was renovated with an improved layout allowing more activity space to be used and a new kitchen separate to the playroom was installed.

To compliment the new premises playgroup Leader Beth Greer applied for funding for new equipment through the Veolia Connect Programme.

The programme is designed to help community groups and organisations across Ireland.

Beth provided a detailed breakdown of the new equipment she thought would be beneficial for the children and her reasons for choosing the items.

She applied for funding for a lightbox, seating, storage, office equipment and musical instruments, all for the benefit of the group and its children.

Following her application the programme approved a grant of 2,000 Euro.

The children in the group can now enjoy a reading corner, a lightbox to help stimulate their interest and curiosity in colours and new musical instruments which can take them on a trip around the world using various different sounds.

The playgroup’s staff, including Jo Preston and Tara Whitehouse were delighted with the reward.

“As indeed are the children,” said group Leader Beth.

“The mums are also delighted with the refurbished premises and the wonderful newly fitted playroom.”

Beth thanked the Veolia Environment Connect Community Fund for its consideration and financial assistance and Creative Activity in Londonderry for its help and advice when supplying the equipment.