Big Lottery windfall for projects working across north west

Counsellor Daniel Nash pictured previously during a counselling session at the Men's Action Network. DER2514MC044
Counsellor Daniel Nash pictured previously during a counselling session at the Men's Action Network. DER2514MC044

Three projects supporting families in the North West are sharing £2m in a major funding boost from the Big Lottery Fund’s Supporting Families.

Derry-based Men’s Action Network has been awarded £698,767 to work on the five-year ‘Fathering Families’ project, supporting families who may have experienced poverty, separation, divorce, addiction and domestic violence across five areas in the west including Derry and Dungiven.

The project is working with a range of agencies and activities including parenting and communication skills, peer support, play and art therapy.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People received £694,659 for a five-year Family Insight project, working with parents’ group Angel Eyes NI to support children aged under 12 with sight loss including those in the North West.

Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland also received £697,825 for the five-year ‘Supporting Children, Supporting Families’ project, which involves training, placing and supporting 75 assistance dogs with families who have a child aged 11 and under with autism or physical disabilities.

Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund NI Director, said these three projects will have “a really positive impact on the lives of people who need our help the most.”