Police award to help young people

THE Police Service of Northern Ireland has been awarded £7,355 from the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Awards for All’ programme to develop an outdoor pursuits programme with young people in the Banbridge area.

The funding is part of a grants roll-out of £554,553 to 66 groups across Northern Ireland which includes a financial boost of £10,000 to the Home-Start organsisation in County Down.

Home-Start, which supports families with children, will use the money to train more volunteers to help families in new areas covered by the scheme in Co. Down.

‘Awards for All’ offers community, voluntary and statutory groups the chance to apply for small grants of between £500 and £10,000 for schemes destined to have an impact on local communities and on the lives of people most in need.

Frank Hewitt, Big Lottery Fund NI Chair, said, “The Big Lottery Fund’s NI ‘Awards for All’ programme funds health, education, environment and community projects which help people bring about positive change in their lives, improve health and well-being, develop skills and create safer communities.

“The application process is simple and accessible and shall remain so, making it easy for applicants to successfully apply for small pots of funding that can have such a big impact on local communities and lives.”

Application forms and guidance notes are available to download at www.awardsforall.org.uk and anyone who would like more details can call 028 9055 1455 or e-mail enquiriesni@biglotteryfund.org.uk