Samaritans visited by Lidl Community Crew

Local community group Craigavon Samaritans is among one of the 32 groups chosen to receive valuable support from Lidl as part of the retailer’s Community Works initiative.

They reaped the benefits as the Lidl Community Crew visited them in their offices on Thomas Street in Portadown.

The crew presented the group with a donation to provide new signage for the local community to help raise awareness of the Samaritans and the support they offer.

The Lidl Community Works initiative launched in June of this year and will see Lidl Northern Ireland backing local community groups and projects from all over the province to the value of £200,000.

After the visit from the crew, group manager, Karen Mcllvenna said, “We are thrilled to have been chosen as one of the final groups. The Craigavon Samaritans have been offering emotional support to anyone in distress or despair for the past 40 years and it feels great to be recognised for our efforts. We are so thankful to Lidl for this opportunity and we’re really excited about the new prospects their donation will help us to 

Deborah Waugh from the Lidl Community Crew said, “This is the stage we’ve all been waiting for – the chance to get out and about into the heart of communities right across Northern Ireland to see first-hand the great work that each of the groups has been doing in their local areas. We’re delighted to be able to give something back to those that need it most and hopefully this support will help them out on their journey.”

The full list of 32 projects can be found at