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Ritchie provides boost for Kilcooley community

Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie today announced funding of over £113,000 to support the Kilcooley Community Forum in its efforts to assist the regeneration of the area.

The Minister said: “The Kilcooley Community Forum has achieved much over the last few years. It has helped the community to work in partnership with Government to tackle deprivation in the area. The award of this funding shows my Department’s commitment to the Forum and the work of Kilcooley.”

Welcoming the funding the chairperson of the Kilcooley Community Forum, Cecil Wilson said:

“On behalf of Kilcooley Community Forum I would like to say how delighted we are to receive this further funding package from the DSD. Over the past number of years the Department for Social Development (DSD) has shown a high level of commitment and support to our community. We appreciate their support and look forward to continuing our good working relationship with them.”

The project will allow Kilcooley Community Forum to progress towards its aim of improving the quality of life for all residents by addressing economic, social, environmental, educational and cultural issues affecting the community.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

1 The Department for Social Development has previously funded Kilcooley Community Forum £103,212.35 under Neighbourhood Renewal for the period from 01/03/2005 to 31/08/2007. This current funding of £113,438.72 will run for the period 01/09/2007 to 31/03/2010.

2. Kilcooley Community Forum was established in 1997. It is an umbrella organization consisting of representatives from local community groups, churches, schools and representatives of housing areas in the Kilcooley estate. Its aim is to work to improve the quality of life for all residents by addressing economic, social, environmental, educational and cultural issues affecting the community.

3. 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.

4. Details of Kilcooley Community Forum can be obtained from their website at http://www.kilcooley.org

5. Media enquiries to DSD Information Office on 028 9082 9078/07818 035258. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.