Plans for projects including a new learning disability centre in the North West as well as new parks in Fermanagh and Derry~Londonderry were unveiled in Omagh this week following the announcement of grants worth £3million from the Big Lottery funded Space and Place programme.
When completed, the three projects receiving funding will help provide greater links between communities in each of the areas whilst enabling them to develop much-needed new facilities.
The grants will see the construction of a new Learning Disability Centre in the North West which will include the redevelopment of the existing Foyle Valley Railway Museum. In Fermanagh, a new North Fermanagh Valley Park will include the development of a range of indoor and outdoor facilities at two sites in Ederney and Kesh villages. The third grant will enable the development of Drumahoe District Park which will be located on the site of the old Faughan Valley School in Derry~Londonderry.
The Space & Place programme is a £15 million Big Lottery funded capital grants programme which makes grants to help connect communities by making use of underused or difficult space. It is delivered by a consortium headed up by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.
Destined Ltd; £997,000: A charity established in 2002 to address the needs of people with learning disabilities. It will redevelop the existing Foyle Valley Railway Museum to provide a new North West Learning Disability Centre
Ederney Community Development Trust; £1,000,000: The Trust in partnership with Kesh Development Association will create a new park located between sites at Ederney and Kesh villages. This will include a mountain bike track, walking trails, a community green, allotments and a space for public events. Through the project, both areas will work together to bring greater co-operation between the two villages.
Derry City and Strabane District Council; £1,000,000: A joint initiative with Drumahoe Community Association, the grant will be used to support the development of Drumahoe District Park which will be located on the site of the old Faughan Valley School. Benefitting a wide cross section of the community, the project will include a new play environment, better linkages with Drumahoe pitches as well as a wildflower meadow and walking trail along the River Faughan.
Speaking about the grants, Michael Hughes from Space & Place said: “The Consortium is delighted to be launching these Flagship projects which have the potential to make a really positive impact in the communities they will serve. We are particularly pleased that these projects mean that communities will enjoy shared spaces encouraging greater community connections.
“It’s very exciting to begin to see how the projects will unfold and we wish everyone involved well as they start the process of creating unique spaces for their local communities”.
Big Lottery Fund NI Director Joanne McDowell said: “We are pleased to see the plans for these three great community projects being unveiled. We hope they will all connect people and make a real difference to communities in these areas.”
For more information on the three projects please watch the video below;