CASE STUDIES

Showcasing rural communities across Northern Ireland

Case study development funded by National Lottery Awards for All Northern Ireland

KNOCKNAGIN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

PROJECT TYPE

Hall refurbishment

Maximising Community Assets

Enhanced service provision

LOCATION

Desertmartin

Co. Derry/Londonderry

Mid Ulster District

POPULATION

Small rural village

Population less than 1,000

(2011 Census)

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PROJECT SUMMARY

Knocknagin Hall Committee is a community organisation which operates from Knocknagin Hall just outside the village of Desertmartin in Co. Derry/Londonderry.

The Committee identified a lack of basic Rural Services in their local area and saw funding from the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme as an opportunity to address this.

Funding was sought from the programme to improve their local parochial hall and this now acts as a local learning and community hub for the Desertmartin and surrounding area.

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LEARMOUNT DEMENTIA FRIENDLY HUB

PROJECT TYPE

Health and Wellbeing

Enhanced Service Provision

LOCATION

Park Village

Co. Derry/Londonderry

Derry City and Strabane District

POPULATION

Small rural village

Population less than 1,000

(2011 Census)

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PROJECT SUMMARY

Learmount Community Resource Centre, located in Park, Co. Derry/Londonderry has created a Dementia Friendly Hub (DFH) within their local community facility.

Local services on offer in this shared space are now accessible to individuals who have dementia. The enhancements carried out at the facility have resulted in the creation of a new dementia friendly social morning which operates once a week meaning that those with dementia are involved in local community life.

In conjunction with the weekly social club a wide range of dementia related services are also on offer to support families and carers of dementia sufferers.

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TOBIN YOUTH CENTRE (MOORTOWN) LTD

PROJECT TYPE

Hall refurbishment

Children and Young People

Enhanced service provision

LOCATION

Moortown

Co. Tyrone

Mid Ulster District

POPULATION

Small rural village

Population less than 1,000

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PROJECT SUMMARY

Tobin Youth Centre is located within the Moortown area of Co Tyrone, not far from Lough Neagh.

Operated by a Voluntary management committee the project provides local facilities for children, young people and those with additional needs.

Having identified a lack of suitable facilities in the area the committee identified the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme as an opportunity to address this and sourced funding from the its Rural Services Scheme.

The project involved the enhancement of Tobin’s existing facilities, both to the interior and exterior and these enhancements now allow for the accommodation of children with additional needs and toddlers, providing a welcoming, safe and secure environment for all attending the Centre.

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ROE VALLEY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION ‘BUILDING BETTER FUTURES’

PROJECT TYPE

Children and Young People

Skills Development

LOCATION

Limavady

Co. Derry/Londonderry

Causeway Coast and Glens District

POPULATION

Medium Town

Population 12,032

(2011 Census)

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PROJECT SUMMARY

The International Fund for Ireland Personal Youth Development Programme (PYDP) aims to help young people build and develop life skills which foster good relations, build confidence and resilience. PYDP seeks to connect young people aged 16-25 to personalised learning, skills and employment opportunities.

The programme engages with young people who face a range of issues including; leaving the education system early; substance abuse; difficult family backgrounds; have been in or close to criminal justice system; suffer from poor mental health issues; not participated in civic society in a positive manner and who come from communities with a negative view of their future.

Roe Valley Residents Association (RVRA) formed in 2001 and located in the Keady Way Housing Estate in Limavady have been delivering a PYDP project ‘Building Brighter Futures’ since 2016.

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