Top Of The Hill project gets £200,000 boost

The Whistle Project in Derry has been awarded over £200,000 funding to extend its premises.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland announced £204,960 for the Top Of The Hill development today.

As well as covering the cost of a single storey extension, the money will also be used to refurbish the existing Campion Court premises and complete a state of the art computer suite.

An expanded variety of classes and courses related to areas such as health, parenting, drug and alcohol awareness, education and Information Communication Technology among others are to be offered once the new facility is opened.

The refurbishment project will be delivered and managed by The Whistle Project, with work set to get under way this month and to finish before the end of March 2015.

Announcing the funding, Minister McCausland said: “The project will provide the organisation with an enhanced, fit for purpose community facility, bringing not only benefits to those who use the facility but also creating a feel good factor for those who work there.

“This renewed and refreshed facility will also provide opportunities for volunteering and for residents to become socially included in tackling issues which affect their community and in particular the children of this area.”

Teresa Dunlop, Project Co-ordinator with The Whistle Project, said: “This very welcome £204,960 will enable us to provide the young people of this area with a place that they can finally call their own and will enable us to enhance the programmes and activities already being implemented within our community.”