Queens Park group gets £22k boost

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Queens Park Women’s Group has received a significant funding boost, thanks to the International Fund for Ireland (IFI).

The Glengormley-based community organisation has been granted £22,170 under the IFI’s Peace Impact Programme to extend its cross-community youth work and initiatives aimed at building the capacity of women to contribute to the development of good relations and civic engagement in the local area.

Ina McTaggart, chairperson of Queens Park Women’s Group, thanked the IFI for its continuing support of the group and the various projects it runs, including educational courses, the 50/50 Project and other work with young people aimed at improving community relations and reducing anti-social behaviour.

“We are very grateful for this additional funding from the IFI - it’s the reason we’re still here. If it wasn’t for the IFI and the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin we wouldn’t be able to keep the doors open,” she said.

“This money will be used for courses for the people of Queens Park and the women of Queens Park, and our cross-community work with children and young people across the Newtownabbey area.”

The IFI’s latest funding award, totalling £590,000, will support 24 projects designed to reduce community tensions.

Meanwhile, Queens Park Women’s Group’s FUEL project is inviting children and young people along to a special event on August 17 at 7pm.

Casey’s Creatures, an educational project open you children and young people aged 4 - 18 years, will take place at the group’s premises at Portland Avenue, Glengormley.

The event is designed to teach young people how to treat and look after animals.

For more information call 028 9543 9117.