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Lisburn Downtown Centre secure Salary Costs.

Lisburn Downtown Centre received a grant of £3,500 towards the salary of the part time Coordinator.

Jill Watton, Project Coordinator of Lisburn Downtown Centre, and volunteer Geraldine McKeever were presented with a certificate by Ms Janine Donnelly, Trustee of the Halifax Foundation, today at the Lisburn Halifax branch, to celebrate their success in receiving a grant of £3,500 recently. Jill Watton stated “'The Lisburn Downtown Centre was established to tackle a shortfall in services; to help those suffering from mental health issues, isolation within their community and for those with a mild learning difficulty who don’t feel they ‘fit’ with mainstream support. 

The Project Coordinator is the only member of staff and is responsible for facilitating the delivery of our support services and day-to-day running of the centre. Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland have helped to secure this position for another year, ensuring those feeling isolated within our local community have a safe-place to belong. All at Lisburn Downtown would like to extend a massive thank you to Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland, whose continued support has enabled us to be a support to those who need us.'

Ms Donnelly stated “The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is delighted to support the work of Lisburn Downtown Centre. The money will be used towards the salary of the part time Coordinator. We wish them every success in the future of the charity, helping to provide activities through their many services including Welcome Club, Cheer You Up Club, Contact Group and the Friday Club.

Alana Cattermole, Assistant Branch Manager of Halifax Lisburn stated “The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland operate a colleague Matched Giving Scheme, matching the volunteering and fundraising efforts of employees supporting local charities. It is my pleasure to facilitate this certificate presentation today, raising the profile of this wonderful charity to colleagues of the Halifax, and celebrating the work of the Foundation”.

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland awards approximately £1 million annually in support of the Northern Ireland Community to enable people, who are disadvantaged or with special needs, to participate actively in their communities. Their income is derived from a shareholding in Lloyds Banking Group, of which Halifax are a part of. 

Certificate Presented to Destined for ‘Access to Society’ project

 

Congratulations to Destined on their recent grant of £2,900 towards the ‘Access to Society’ project. This will support young people with learning disabilities to access every day activities in their community, including using a gym, attending the cinema and bowling alley, attending mainstream youth groups and undertaking programmes such as arts and crafts, personal development, driving theory instruction, sports and music.

Young Destined members came along to the local Halifax Branch in Derry where the grant certificate was presented.

Pictured are Destined Manager Dermott O’Hara, Brenda McMullan, Grants Manager, Halifax Foundation NI, local Halifax Branch Manager Catriona Tinney, young members Daniel Donnelly, Mark Baldrick & Conor O'Donnell, and Support Worker Kristy Derry.

 

 

Fantastic Google Garage Event - download ‘Get Stuck into Digital’ presentation now!

 

Halifax Foundation NI's grantees came out in force to attend the Google Digital Garage Event event on Wednesday 8th February, to receive expert advice from Google and Reason Digital on how to improve their charities' online performance. We are delighted with the positive feedback received from our grantees!

 

Google’s ‘Get Stuck into Digital’ presentation can be downloaded at www.goo.gl/uOoNR8

 

 

Lloyds Banking Group joins forces with Mental Health UK to develop pioneering Mental Health and Money Advice Service

16th January marked the launch of an exciting new two year charity partnership between Lloyds Banking Group and Mental Health UK.

The partnership aims to promote awareness of the link between mental health and money problems, encourage discussion between customers and colleagues and raise at least £2 million per year in offices and branches across the UK.

Through this partnership, Lloyds Banking Group will work with Mental Health UK to create a pioneering Mental Health and Money Advice Services which will offer support for people experiencing both mental health and financial difficulties.

 

Research shows that one in four people are affected by poor mental health and, of these, around four million will also struggle with their financial wellbeing . The joint ambition of Lloyds Banking Group and Mental Health UK, a new charity which has brought together the strength and expertise of Rethink Mental Illness, Hafal, Support in Mind Scotland and MindWise, is to address this increasing need within today’s society, supporting Lloyds Banking Group’s wider ambition to help Britain prosper through tackling social and economic issues.

 

The two-year charity partnership is the result of a resounding mandate from Lloyds Banking Group colleagues who voted overwhelmingly (62%) in October of last year to support mental health as the Group’s new charity theme throughout 2017 and 2018. The partnership is launching today, with the ambition that it will encourage people to open up about their concerns and seek help.

 

Brian Dow, Director of External Affairs at Rethink Mental Illness said: “We are incredibly excited about what this partnership between Mental Health UK and Lloyds Banking Group can achieve. It’s the coming together of an organisation that really understands money, and charities that really understand mental health, and those two things belong together. Having the support of such a large banking group will enable us to make a huge difference supporting the four million people affected by both mental health and financial challenges in the UK.”

 

David Oldfield, Group Director Retail & Consumer Finance, and Executive Sponsor for Disability at Lloyds Banking Group said: “It’s very clear to us from our colleagues how much they care about mental health and they recognise how hard this can be to discuss. I’m delighted that the Group is working with Mental Health UK to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness.

 

Our colleagues feeling passionate about the issue is key to how successful we can be in working with our Charity partners and delivering the commitments we made within our Helping Britain Prosper Plan. We have a great track record of raising significant funds through our colleagues who are also very involved across their local communities. Given the importance of good mental health and wellbeing I’m confident that with the support of our colleagues we’ll be able to raise £2m this year alone to help Mental Health UK to provide support and help for those who need it”

 

Lloyds Banking Group has committed to raise £2 million each year for Mental Health UK. In 2015 and 2016, as part of the Group’s milestone anniversary celebrations, and with the ambition to raise the most ever for charity, colleagues, customers and members of the public raised over £12.5 million for the Group’s Charity of the Year(s), BBC Children in Need - the most raised by a corporate partner in just two years for the iconic charity.

 

To find out more about Mental Health UK, please visit the website www.mentalhealth-uk.org

 

 

Colleagues from Belfast and East Coast Halifax Community Bank pictured at the partnership launch Connect Belfast Monday 16th January 2017

Chief Executive of Mindwise, Mr Edward Gorringe. 

In Your Space Circus Skills!

In Your Space were awarded £4,000 towards the facilitator fees for a project which used the vehicle of circus skills and performance. The project targeted children of all backgrounds and abilities aged 3-8 years to participate in the Seedlings Circus Project. The project was sensitively developed to support this age group to build their confidence, develop their ability to communicate with others and improve their body awareness, physical literacy and key motor skills. 163 children benefitted from this project and reported improved confidence, concentration and listening skills.

Well done to everyone involved for a very successful outcome!

 

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