THE work of an Antrim-based family support organisation was recognised last week at a special reception organised by the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland.
Margaret Thompson and Margaret C Thompson from Home-Start Antrim joined representatives from groups across Northern Ireland who received funding from the Foundation.
The charity received a grant of £15,000 in 2011 towards developing their services providing support to mothers and young children in the Ballyclare and Toomebridge areas from the Foundation’s Creating Change Programme. This was year four of a six-year programme which totals £100,000 to each organisation.
It is just one of 533 organisations that have received total funding of almost £1.8 million for their work in the community.
Representatives from many of these groups visited Parliament Buildings at Stormont for a special event to recognise and celebrate their work.
Sandara Kelso-Robb, Executive Director of the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland, paid tribute to the incredible work carried out by all of the community-based organisations.
“The groups present here today represent the best of Northern Ireland. They are made up of dedicated volunteers working hard, often without recognition, to provide vital facilities and services for people of all ages in the local community. Without financial support, these groups simply would not exist,” Sandra said.
She added: “We are continuing to meet the escalating needs of the local community by funding these groups and are delighted to celebrate another successful year of investment in important projects that are making a difference to so many lives.”
She was speaking at a special reception in the Long Gallery in Parliament Buildings where MLAs and members of the Foundation and Lloyds Banking Group joined representatives from groups across Northern Ireland to recognise and celebrate their achievements.
The reception was sponsored by Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland who said: “I would like to pay tribute to Lloyd’s TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland for their support of so many local community organisations. The Foundation has supported almost 6,000 local charities across Northern Ireland over the past 25 years.”
In the 26 years since it was formed, the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland has contributed more than £27 million to a vast range of projects aimed at improving conditions in socially deprived areas.