Council lends a helping hand to local community groups with vital funding from the hardship programme

A total of 77 community and voluntary groups from across Lisburn and Castlereagh have secured funding worth almost £148,000 from the council’s Hardship Funding Programme.
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Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (LCCC)administer the programme which is funded by the Department for Communities (DfC).

It is directed towards helping local groups address hardship issues, related to the current cost of living crisis, particularly around implementation of food and energy related schemes.

At a grassroots level, the programme aims to support local communities in several ways. One is to help keep community buildings operational and, where possible, open for longer during the winter months.

Councillor Thomas Beckett, Chair of LCCC’s Communities and Wellbeing Committee welcomed the announcement that the council would provide almost £148,000 to local community groups. Pic credit: LCCCCouncillor Thomas Beckett, Chair of LCCC’s Communities and Wellbeing Committee welcomed the announcement that the council would provide almost £148,000 to local community groups. Pic credit: LCCC
Councillor Thomas Beckett, Chair of LCCC’s Communities and Wellbeing Committee welcomed the announcement that the council would provide almost £148,000 to local community groups. Pic credit: LCCC

Another is to support ways of tackling the impact of poverty – including community fridge initiatives, holiday hunger projects and meal plans.

Money can also go towards developing or enhancing a community planting scheme to help local groups grow fruit and vegetables in community settings.

Councillor Thomas Beckett, Chair of LCCC’s Communities and Wellbeing Committee said: “I am delighted our committee has agreed to provide £147,878 to support the vulnerable in our area.

“Where possible, we aim to issue the grant funding before Christmas so groups can start to put their plans in place.

"As a council, we are keen to provide vital community support to help residents stay healthy, warm and included this winter.

“Through partnerships with local groups, this money will be used in a variety of ways to offer practical support – from the provision of ‘warm spaces’ to cookery classes, gardening programmes and hot food. Some groups will use their grant to cover essential utility costs to keep local facilities open.

“I commend all those groups adding new projects to their already-busy calendars. All our local groups work hard to ensure our communities address hardship, isolation and loneliness.”