WORK has officially begun on the construction of a new £290,000 ‘Community Health Building’ in the Ballycolman.
The development, which has been funded by the Department for Communities (DfC) through the Neighbourhood Renewal Investment Fund, is expected to have a “huge impact on the health and well-being” of local communities.
First revealed by this newspaper in January of last year, the custom-built facility will replace the current mobile cabin at Strabane Health Improvement Project.
The new build will be equipped with offices, counselling room, kitchen, toilet areas and a large communal meeting room and will become a hub for the local community within the next three months.
Speaking on behalf of the Strabane Health Improvement Project, John Falconer said, “This new building will have a huge impact on the health and well-being of the communities of Strabane town.
“It will provide our project with a purpose built building from which we will develop a range of new community partnership programmes that will complement existing health and well-being programmes already being developed within the Strabane area.”
Strabane Health Improvement Project was established in May 2012 with the aim of developing community based health and well-being programme.
Also commenting, Sharon McCullagh from the DfC North West Development Office said, “The Department has worked in partnership with the Strabane Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Board and Strabane Health Improvement Project to facilitate the development of this project which will enhance the community space available.
“This approach is in line with the ambitions of the draft programme for government, with a focus on well-being for all.This significant investment of approximately £290,000 from the Neighbourhood Renewal Investment Fund will ensure the delivery of this much needed facility providing essential services for the residents of the local Neighbourhood Renewal Area and wider Strabane area.”