Maiden City Soccer, winners of the 2022 Gerry McAuley Festival of Games at Oakland Park on Sunday last. The annual tournament is run by Trojans FC in memory of one of their former players and involved 18 junior clubs from the city and district. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)

In PICTURES: Communities in Transition events in Derry

The Old Library Trust, as part of the Community in Transition Project has co-ordinated and managed the distribution of small grant allocations to 14 local organisations across Creggan and the Brandywell.

The funding was used to deliver events promoting the importance of local people looking after their health and wellbeing and connecting better with their own communities.

The project was part of a health and wellbeing initiative led by the Old Library Trust’s Healthy Living Centre in Creggan, partnered and supported by the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum and funded by the Executive Office’s ‘Communities in Transition’ project. The 14 organisations involved - Creggan Neighbourhood Partnership; Creggan Pre-School and Training Trust; Pink Ladies/Pink Panthers Cancer Support Group; Bogside and Brandywell Initiative; Inclusively Fit; Top Ten Drama Group; Holy Child and St. John’s Primary Schools; Ballymoor FC; Trojans FC; St Mary’s Youth Club; Oakleaf Boxing Club; Sean Dolan’s GAC and The Old Library Trusts Men’s Health project - all planned and delivered a diverse range of programmes and events that supported the local community and engaged residents from ages 1-91.

Holy Child and St. John’s Primary Schools ran workshops in both Fresh Little Minds and EXCEL physical activity sessions to allow children to understand the impact of choices and behaviours as they grow.

Meanwhile Sean Dolan’s GAC delivered a children’s support programme developing their members overall health and mental well-being.

Nicola Cullen, principal of Holy Child PS said the grant and partnership ‘meant we were able to deliver alternative solutions to help children deal with their anxiety and stresses.’

Julie White, Communities in Transition Project Co-Ordinator at OLT said the events showed the value of community and thanked everyone involved.

(Photos by Jim McCafferty Photography - Not for resale here)

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