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Huge funding boost for Strabane project

THUMBS UP… Gary Breslin, John Falconer, Jarlath McNulty, John McCrory, Micky Cunningham and Enda McColgan show their appreciation to the Department for Communities after Strabane Health Improvement Project received funding for a new purpose-built facility.

A FUNDING boost of almost £300,000 for a custom-built facility at Strabane Health Improvement Project, will have a “huge impact” on local health and well-being.

This is the view of the project’s manager, Jarlath McNulty who this week welcomed news that monies totalling £278,796 are to be provided by the Department for Communities for a new build. The new ‘community health building’ will replace the current mobile cabin at the Ballycolman site.

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Speaking on behalf of the project Mr McNulty said, “This new building will have a huge impact on the health and well-being of our communities in Strabane town, by providing our project with the additional space so badly needed to expand our existing community health and well-being programmes.

“This new building will help with the development of new health and well-being programmes, which are aimed at complementing our existing health programmes.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Department of Community for their kind support in the development of this new building and we look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”

Termed a ‘Modular Community Health Building’ the announcement from the Department was made alongside a similar award to The Bethany Community Trust in Limavady who secured £400,000 towards the building of a new high quality community hall.”

Sharon McCullagh, acting deputy director of Community Empowerment Division, North West Office said, “The completion of these buildings will greatly benefit all those who live in the areas, and will provide a hub for people to come together. This investment will increase community based service provision and will help to improve the quality of life for the people in the Neighbourhood Renewal Areas.”

Strabane Health Improvement Project was established in May 2012 with the aim of developing community based health and well-being programme.

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