The community in Cashel is celebrating the opening of Cashel Community Centre following a lottery funded transformation which is set to provide a welcome boost to people living in the area.
The refurbishment of the old community centre which was carried out by Cashel Community Association, was made possible by initial funding of £337,551 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Space & Place Programme.
The original facility which was constructed in 1992 was no longer able to meet the needs of the growing rural community, however following extensive renovations it now features an expanded and updated premises as well as a new car park.
After years of hard work by Cashel Community Association and the support of National Lottery players, people living in the area will be able to access a range of opportunities in the new bespoke space including courses, meetings, workshops, training and social activities.
Speaking at the launch of the new facility Louise Leonard secretary from Cashel Community Association said:“This new venue improves the quality of life style for the people of the Cashel area. Space and Place have given the community an opportunity to have a venue suitable for educational and social activities for all age groups.”
Michael Hughes co-ordinator of the Space & Place Programme said: “We are delighted with the great potential that this excellent new facility offers the people of Cashel. The community had outgrown the former Centre and there was a clear need to support the project.
“It which fits perfectly with many of the key aims of the Space & Place Programme, not least of which is tackling social isolation and improving connections within and between communities through the better use of space. This is particularly vital in rural areas where it is often the case that facilities are limited, and without doubt this updated facility will provide a positive boost for local people.”
Julie Harrison, Big Lottery Fund NI Chair said: “We believe this wonderful new space, made possible thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players, will allow local people to come together, improve the area they live in and make a real, positive, difference to their lives.”
The project also received support from: Fermanagh Omagh District Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, Ulster Garden Villages. And Fermanagh Trust.