The Scraghey & District Community Development Association are refurbishing and extending a recently closed primary school - allowing it to be used for a wide range of community activities.
Scraghey & District Development Association was formed in 2012 to advance the economic, social and environmental needs of the rural people in the Scraghey & District area – a rural townland in the most westerly part of Tyrone, straddling the border and located across Strabane, Fermanagh, Omagh and Donegal.
With their Space & Place funding, the group are going to refurbish and extend St Davog’s Primary School which was built in the 1950s but closed in 2012.
Once the refurbishment and extension has been completed the building will be used for a range of community activities including tea dances, indoor football, fitness classes and general health and well-being activities.
Facilities such as the kitchen and toilets will also be upgraded which will allow the venue to be used for birthday parties and other large gatherings.
The project builds on a community-led opportunity to reuse the building to provide the surrounding isolated homes with a friendly and welcoming cross-community facility for use throughout the day as well as in the evenings and at weekends.
A biodiversity plan will be established to maximise the outdoor space, promoting an interest in nature and the local environment. Whilst a community garden will help promote a healthier lifestyle as the community will be encouraged to grown their own food.
Ultimately, this project will provide a number of ways to increase community connections and the physical and mental well-being of an isolated rural community.