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McCausland delivers neighbourhood renewal boost for Edgarstown residents

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced funding of 19,000 towards two projects in the Edgarstown area in Portadown.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013

The funding, which has been made available through the Neighbourhood Renewal Investment Fund, has been granted to the Epworth Methodist Church Girls’ Brigade and the Edgarstown Residents’ Association. The money will be used to purchase equipment and kit to allow the groups to provide a range of services and activities for residents of all ages in the Edgarstown Area.

Minister McCausland said: "I am aware of the great work which is ongoing in the Edgarstown area by groups such as the Epworth Girls’ Brigade and the Edgarstown Residents’ Association. However in many cases, their work is hampered through a lack of suitable equipment. This funding will allow these groups to acquire new and up to date equipment and thus enable them to enhance and upgrade the range of activities available to the residents of the area."

The Minister paid tribute to local community worker, Derek Cooke, for his role in bringing forward the projects. He said: "Neighbourhood Renewal is about partnership working involving the community and statutory sectors working together to help identify and address the causes of disadvantage in their areas. The success of the programme is, therefore, dependant on the involvement of the community sector representatives, who give up their time voluntarily to help improve the quality of life of the residents of their areas. I am aware of the role which Derek Cooke, of the Edgarstown Residents’ Association has played in this respect and through his involvement in the Portadown Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Board and I would like to commend him for his work and wish him every success in the future."

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.
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