Mervyn Storey has visited a community centre in Tullyally which has been given a new lease of life thanks to a £198,656 grant from his department.
During his visit the Minister for Social Development said: “It is good to see that the refurbishment of the Tullyally Community Centre is now underway.
“The Centre will be a breath of fresh air for the whole community, providing new and revitalised premises for young and old. The Centre will give residents the opportunity to benefit from a range of services such as youth projects, educational opportunities and health and well-being projects.”
Julia Kee, community development worker for Tullyally said: “Tullyally Community Partnership (TCP) are delighted at the investment in the Tullyally community through DSD. TCP have been working hard to develop community programmes based on community need and all the hard work is paying off. Tullyally Community Partnership are delighted with the support they have received from DSD, and would like to thank the staff of the North West Development Office for their support this last year, Derry City Council must also be commended for taking the responsibility of this much needed community facility on board. TCP are excited at the opportunities this new facility in the area will bring.”
Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson said: “I am delighted to see the refurbishment of the centre which plays such a vital role at the heart of this community. It’s a focal point for residents of all ages, and Council is acutely aware of the importance of such centres in bringing people together and regenerating the sense of community spirit. The work also reaffirms the Department for Social Development’s commitment to much needed neighbourhood renewal in communities across the city, and I am looking forward to seeing the long-term impact of the facility in the Tullally area.”