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McCausland announces £338,486 for children in Londonderry

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced funding of 338,486 for the expansion of the Rainbow Child and Family Centre in Shantallow West, Londonderry.
Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The funding, provided by the Northern Ireland Executive through the Department for Social Development’s Neighbourhood Renewal Programme, will allow the Rainbow Child and Family Centre to expand its premises, and enhance existing services for families, in one of the most disadvantaged communities of Londonderry.

The Rainbow Child and Family Centre organisation provides safe and affordable pre-school and after-school services for children to allow parents to return to education and/or training to increase their knowledge and skills base to move into employment. The centre is also used by local schools and community groups to provide playgroup sessions, a summer scheme and mother and toddler services for the local community.

Announcing the funding the Minister McCausland said: “The Rainbow Child and Family Centre delivers an important service to the people of the Shantallow West and Outer North Neighbourhood Renewal Area. This funding will provide much needed additional community space that can be used to develop further services for the local Community Groups.

“This investment of £338,486 is a clear example of the Executive working to deliver for our most disadvantaged local communities.”

Ms Majella Mallett, chairperson of Rainbow Child & Family Centre added: "Through this project we will be able to double the size of our current premises creating a new community room, kitchen area and office space as well as renovating and upgrading our current facilities which include a play room, a quiet room and toilet facilities. This additional fit for purpose community space within the centre will be accessible for local residents of all ages living in the Shantallow West / Outer North Neighbourhood Renewal area.

"The space will be available for use by other Community Groups to deliver a range of social, recreational, health, training, environmental and educational programmes, services and activities that meet the needs of residents. These programmes and services will compliment and extend the services that are currently being delivered from our Centre."

Notes to editors:

  1. The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy ‘People and Place’ was published in June 2003 to close the gap between the quality of life for people in the most deprived neighbourhoods and the rest of society. The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy has four interlinking strategic objectives:
    Community Renewal – to develop confident communities that are able and committed to improving the quality of life in their areas.
    Economic Renewal – to develop economic activity in the most deprived neighbourhoods and connect them to the wider urban economy.
    Social Renewal – to improve social conditions for the people who live in the most deprived neighbourhoods through better co-ordinated public services and the creation of safer environments.
    Physical Renewal – to help create attractive, safe and sustainable environments in the most deprived neighbourhoods.
  2. The Rainbow Child & Family Centre is located in the Outer North Neighbourhood Renewal Area in Londonderry. The Outer North Neighbourhood Renewal Area is one of the top 10% most deprived areas in Northern Ireland.
  3. The project is being funded by the Department for Social Development through its North West Development Office’s Neighbourhood Renewal Programme.
  4. The overall cost of the scheme is £338,486 for which DSD are providing the full amount.
  5. Media enquiries to DSD Communications Team on 028 9082 9215 or email press.office@dsdni.gov.uk. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.