Lislea Community Association is delighted to announce that the official opening of the new Community Outdoor Space. It will be a big family fun day; activities will include taster sessions in the new community space and building, bouncy castles and other children’s activities, live music and face painting. Hot food and tuck shop will also be available.
Lislea Community Association were awarded £198,213 of National Lottery funding through Big Lottery Fund’s People and Communities Programme which includes funds for the employment of a part time activity coordinator and tutors to deliver a range of programmes and activities for people of all ages over the next five years. Newry, Mourne and Down District Council also offered £80,000 match funding through their Financial Assistance Capital Call Fund.
In addition the Community Association have raised more than £20,000 through community concerts, coffee mornings, plays and raffles, to secure the land and pay the associated legal and professional fees required.
The Outdoor Community Space has been developed on land adjacent to the community centre to provide a new community building, children’s play equipment, adult fitness equipment, an outdoor covered area for community BBQs, picnics and entertainment and a story telling area.
The new Community Space opened to all at Easter and it has had amazing success to date. Every day both the community building and the play area are a hive of activity, ensuring the health and well being needs of the community are met. The project represents genuine community spirit and is benefitting not just local residents in Lislea but people from surrounding areas too.
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