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Funding boost for Rock Challenge project in Ballymena

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced a funding boost of 3,000 for young people at Ballee Community High School.
Thursday, 28 March 2013

The funding will go towards meeting the costs of the School’s participation in Rock Challenge 2013. This is an educational and aspirational event using the performing arts to promote creativity, healthy lifestyles and education, being held in the Waterfront Hall on 15 April 2013.

The aim of this world wide initiative is to educate young people to live healthy lifestyles free from tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs. Forty young people aged 11-16 will take part in the Rock Challenge with many coming from the Ballymena Neighbourhood Renewal Area and Harryville Area at Risk.

Speaking about the announcement Nelson McCausland said: “This funding will provide a significant boost for young people in Ballymena. The project will encourage the young people to channel their creative energy into something worthwhile and to become aware of the positive aspects of a healthy lifestyle.

“I want to support the young people and residents from the Ballymena Neighbourhood Renewal Area and wish them well in their endeavours at the Waterfront event.”

This Grant Funding awarded by DSD supplements funding which has been received from the Department of Education Extended Schools, Ballymena Borough Council and the Enkalon Foundation.

Notes to editors:

  1. DSD’s Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy “People and Places” which was published in June 2003 sets out governments proposals for closing the gap between the quality of life for people in the most deprived neighbourhoods and the rest of society.
  2. 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 the areas;
    - Economic Renewal – to develop economic activity in the most deprived neighbourhoods and connect them to the wider urban economy;
    - Physical Renewal – to help create attractive, safe, and sustainable environments in the most deprived neighbourhoods; and
    - 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.
  3. Media enquiries to DSD Communications Team on 028 9082 9078. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.