Enagh Youth Forum secure over £80,000 from Big Lottery

The Enagh Youth Forum has run numerous initiatives in the area. Pictured earlier this year are some of those who took part in a clean up around Enagh Lough organised by Enagh Youth Forum .

The Enagh Youth Forum has run numerous initiatives in the area. Pictured earlier this year are some of those who took part in a clean up around Enagh Lough organised by Enagh Youth Forum .

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A Strathfoyle-based community organisation has been allocated over £80,000 to help improve the local area.

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded Enagh Youth Forum a grant of £82,850 for their Strathfoyle Community Empowerment Project - Unlocking Potential project.

Big Lottery Fund Director Joanne McDowell.

Big Lottery Fund Director Joanne McDowell.

It is one of just two projects in the north to receive grants under the People and Communities programme.

The Youth Forum is working with Strathfoyle Women’s Activity Group, Strathfoyle Community Association, Tiny Tots Community Playgroup, Strathfoyle Library and Strathfoyle Youth Centre to develop a project led by local people.

The project will bring people together to improve community safety, health and well-being, quality of life and opportunities.

A Community Empowerment Project Co-ordinator is running workshops on community safety, campaigning and lobbying, to build on residents’ skills and improve confidence. The project is also organising ‘Have Your Say’ days to connect with local elected representatives, council officers and statutory bodies to help people to express their views and contribute to the regeneration of their community.

Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund NI Director, said: “We want to fund great projects that work with local people, build on a community’s strengths, and are well connected to other services and activities in the community. We are looking forward to seeing the positive impact these projects will make.”

She added: “Remember this programme is open for five years so groups have plenty of time to work with local people to develop their project idea. You can call our People and Communities advice line on 0300 123 33 31 at any stage to discuss your idea.”

The People and Communities programme offers grants of between £30,000 and £500,000 for two to five year projects.

More information can be found on the website, www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/northern-ireland/people-and-communities.