Laurencetown project leader says thanks

Laurencetown's Gettin' Ahead project has come to an end
Laurencetown's Gettin' Ahead project has come to an end

AFTER five years of Big Lottery funding, the Getting Ahead Project based in Laurencetown has come to an end.

The project was set up as a drop-in facility to teach secondary school-age children about personal development and disability awareness as well as careers advice and guidance.

Many young people who have come through the project are now at University and project co-ordinator Lynne Woods said they have kept in touch to say how much The Getting Ahead Project has done for them through volunteering options and working with young people with disabilities.

“We ran Personal Development Projects and inclusive Summer Schemes for young people with disabilities and involved local young people in Millennium Volunteers,” said Lynne.

“We created fantastic links with Southern Area Trust, Careers Advisors, Reach, React, Banbridge Council, SRC and had great support from local parents and of course LLT Management Committee.

“The project culminated in a street art project in conjunction with NIE and local Lurgan artist Dermy McConaghy who along with the young people of Laurencetown created a fantastic memory of the Getting Ahead Project on a NIE Power box which had become an eyesore.

“The result has been fantastic and created great community spirit within the village.

“I would, as project Co-ordinator like to say a huge thankyou to everyone who has supported the project and especially to Robert Stockley, who got the initial funding, to Anne Murphy who did a fantastic job while I was on maternity leave and to Neil Gillen, the Community Development Officer at LLTCA.”