A new community hub has been created on the site of the old Dromard Hall in the Kesh area of Fermanagh following extensive renovation and extension work undertaken by the North Fermanagh Ulster Scots Association.
The new facility which received initial funding of £349,036 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Space & Place Programme will provide a vital community outreach centre for the area which which will play host to a range of community activities and events.
Designed to help meet the growing needs of the community, key elements of the project include building a space which will allow interaction with a range of agency providers and services to improve the health and well-being of people living in the area.
Improved internet access also means that the facility will be able to offer a wide range of training courses including ICT and other educational qualifications.
Speaking about the new facility Gordon Fitzpatrick, chair of North Fermanagh Ulster Scots Association said: “This facility will help the local community to come together to socialise and become more active both mentally and physically and also provide a place for the community become better trained and educated”.
The Space & Place Programme is a £15 million Big Lottery Fund capital grants scheme which seeks to connect more people and communities by making use of underused or difficult space. The programme is delivered by a consortium headed up by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.
Michael Hughes Space & Place Programme Co-ordinator said: “The Space & Place Consortium is delighted to see the wonderful new facility which has been created by the North Fermanagh Ulster Scots Association. One of the key aims of the Space & Place Programme is to help communities transform what could be viewed as difficult space as a result of historical development and connections.
“This project is a fine example of the foresight of local people and organisations as to how such space can be transformed for wider community use and benefit.
“This project acted decisively on the needs of people in the area by consulting with the community and providing a modern facility which will help tackle a range of issues including social isolation, health and well-being, and lack of opportunities for learning,” said Michael.
Julie Harrison Big Lottery Fund Chair said: “We believe this wonderful new hub, which has been made possible thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players, will make a real difference to the lives of many local people by providing a space for them to come together and improve the area that they live in.”