‘UNDERCOVER’ NATIONAL LOTTERY SURPRISE FOR NI PROJECTS
1st August 2017
First Housing Aid and Support Services and Business in the Community received a huge surprise when a National Lottery player shocked them by revealing their application for funding has been successful.
Representatives from the organisations were taken aback to learn they will receive £443,920 at the launch of The National Lottery’s ‘Thank You Northern Ireland’ campaign, which allows players to visit projects who benefit when they buy a ticket.
National Lottery player Rachelle Connell, from Belfast, went ‘undercover’ as a volunteer to visit them in Derry only to reveal the good news that their #WorkItOut initiative will receive Lottery support via the Big Lottery Fund.
#WorkItOut will work with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless in the Derry and Strabane area. The three-year partnership scheme will provide them with the ability to cope with challenges in their lives, build resilience and help them overcome barriers to education, work or training.
Leanne Doherty, Employability Manager at Business in the Community, said: “The #WorkItOut project will work with some of the most disadvantaged young people in our society, suffering from social exclusion and addiction problems.
“Our programme will try to make it easier to move from the care system into the community. Employers will have the opportunity to learn from the young people and give them a chance they would not ordinarily receive in the work place.
“We are delighted to receive this National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund.”
Eileen Best, Director of Operations at First Housing Aid and Support Services added: “This funding will give great support to young people who may not have had any formal education. It will help put them on a level playing field to go out and build a better future for themselves.
“The #WorkItOut project was the vision of young people and we will now be able to take that forward. We would like to thank the National Lottery for believing in our young people.”
Jackie O’Sullivan, from the National Lottery, said: “National Lottery players have raised a massive £1 billion to fund projects which make a life-changing difference right across Northern Ireland. The ‘Thank you Northern Ireland’ campaign is thanking lottery players, without whom none of this would have been possible. We want to make National Lottery players aware of the thousands of fantastic projects across Northern Ireland that would never get off the ground if it weren’t for their money.”
Watch the video of First Housing Aid and Support Services and Business in the Community receiving their good news here: https://youtu.be/OaCUj4Ma5p4
Notes to editors
Notes to editors:
- Business in the Community and First Housing Aid and Support Services will receive £443,920 of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund
- Since The National Lottery began in 1994, players have raised more than £1 billion for 20,000 projects in Northern Ireland
- For more information of National Lottery good causes in your area please visit: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk
Leanne2: Leanne Doherty, from Business in the Community, wipes a tear from her eye after receiving the news that their #WorkItOut project with First Housing Aid and Support Services will receive National Lottery funding.
Cheering: Leanne Doherty, from Business in the Community, reveals to colleagues that their #WorkItOut project with First Housing Aid and Support Services will receive National Lottery funding.
Surprise1: Leanne Doherty, from Business in the Community (middle) and Eileen Best, from First Housing Aid and Support Services (right) receive the shock news that their #WorkItOut project will receive National Lottery funding from Lottery player Rachelle Connell (left) who posed as a volunteer to deliver the good news as a surprise as part of the National Lottery’s Thank You Northern Ireland campaign.
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