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McCausland announces funding of £120,000 for Northland, Carrickfergus

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has awarded funding of 120,000 for community development in the Northland area, Carrickfergus.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The funding will establish a community office and employ a community project worker to work specifically within the Northland Ward. The community project worker will engage with the local residents, statutory bodies, other community and voluntary groups to plan how services could be developed in an area to meet local needs. The community worker will also develop, coordinate and deliver projects which will promote community cohesion, strengthen infrastructure and increase economic activity.

Announcing the funding Minister McCausland said: “This project aims to make a real impact on the lives of the local residents by offering a wide range of activities for Northland residents; which may include initiatives to build community leadership, programmes for youth and seniors, employability programmes and schemes to improve the living environment.

“The Community Project Worker will be instrumental in developing an action plan and implementing projects within the area. My Department is committed to helping communities with programmes that will build on their strengths and support local neighbourhoods.”

During the duration of the project the community worker will strive to create interest and confidence in local residents to take on active roles in their community in the future. The community worker’s role will involve building skills of local residents to allow them to develop and manage community projects in the future.

Notes to editors:

  1. Total Funding Costs are £120,000 for the period 1 November 2013 to 31 March 2015.
  2. Funding will be provided through the Areas at Risk Pilot Programme established in 2006 to identify and intervene in areas at risk of slipping into a spiral of decline.

    Key Objectives of the programme are to:
    - Reduce the level, frequency and impact of interface violence with the community;
    - Increase levels of economic activity within the targeted areas;
    - Stabilise targeted areas to the point that the area is either no longer considered as an ‘area at risk’ or that the risk of the area slipping into further decline is prevented;
    - Increase community cohesion and capacity;
    - Strengthen community infrastructure in those areas where it is weak; and
    - Achieve a more sustainable approach to community participation and development.
  3. Media enquires to DSD Communications Team on 028 9082 9215. Out of hours, please contact the Duty Press Office via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.