Tullygarley’s lottery booster

TULLYGARLEY and District Residents’ Association is receiving £9937 towards its work with people in the area from the Big Lottery Fund.

The association was established by residents in the original Tullygarley housing estate about 20 years ago.

“But a lot has changed since then and there has been a lot of development in this area – the Dunluce Park development and more recently The Rosses,” explained local man William McCartney. (pictured)

“Now the residents’ association wants to encourage those people who have moved into the area more recently to get involved in community activities.”

The Big Lottery Fund money will be spent on IT equipment and classes which will underpin a new after-schools homework club and also internet access for older people.

“We want people to know that our association is about more than just the odd dance. The feedback we had from people was that IT would be something they would find very useful and we have literally been knocking on as many doors in the area as we can to let people know this is happening,” said William.

He continued: “The funding will be used to buy 11 new wireless laptops and the first element of our plan is to get the after-schools homework club up and running.

“After that we hope to target older people who aren’t as confident using IT and the web – though all our evidence shows that once older people get to grips with the internet there’s no holding them back.”

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