National Lottery funding boost for Ballymena

Triangle Housing Association has been awarded a �198,203 grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. Pictured: Triangle's tenants advisory group.
Triangle Housing Association has been awarded a �198,203 grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. Pictured: Triangle's tenants advisory group.

People with learning disabilities in Ballymena are learning new skills and improving their confidence thanks to National Lottery funding.

Triangle Housing Association has been awarded a £198,203 grant from The National Lottery Community Fund (formally Big Lottery Fund).

The group provides housing for families and people with a range of disabilities and support needs and are using the funding over three years for staff costs and training for Triangle’s accommodation projects, special educational needs school pupils, and community groups in areas including Ballymena.

The project, which is called Brilliantly Me, includes Train the Trainer sessions so learning can be shared, sensory storytelling skills, and singing using Makaton, which is a form of sign language. The project will form a Makaton choir to perform in community venues. They will also hold a celebration event to recognise the work of everyone involved.

Leanne McCafferty, Triangle Housing Participation and Engagement Manager, said: “I’m really excited about our Brilliantly Me project, which is promoting positive well-being for people with learning disabilities. We’ll provide an opportunity for members’ strengths to shine and create a ripple of positivity throughout their communities. We’re helping people to build their confidence, make positive changes in their lives and be their best selves, brilliantly.”

Kate Beggs, who was recently appointed as The National Lottery Community Fund NI Director, said: “It’s lovely to see National Lottery money being used by people who are taking the lead in developing great ideas to help their communities thrive. I want to say thanks to all the National Lottery players who have helped make this possible.”