Carers’ group gets £10,000 from Lottery Fund

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A LURGAN group has been awarded a grant of £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

Lurgan Carers’ Association will benefit from the small grants programme as part of a grants roll-out of £647,376 to 77 groups across Northern Ireland.

Awards for All offers community, voluntary and statutory groups the chance to apply for small grants of between £500 and £10,000 that will have a big impact on local communities and the lives of people most in need.

The Lurgan group, which provides activities and a support network for carers in the Lurgan and greater Craigavon areas, will use the grant to run additional activities, including information events, for people who devote their time to caring for loved ones.

The funding will also help the association to offer personal support and respite outings that will give carers the chance to get some time to themselves, socialise and meet other people in similar situations.

Frank Hewitt, Big Lottery Fund NI Chair, said: “The Big Lottery Fund’s NI Awards for All programme funds health, education, environment and community projects that help people bring about positive change in their lives, improve health and well-being, develop skills and create safer communities.

“The application process is simple and accessible and shall remain so, making it easy for applicants to successfully apply for small pots of funding that can have such a big impact on local communities and lives.”

Application forms and guidance notes are available to download at www.awardsforall.org.uk.