UK360 - Episode 45 - Sarah Travers

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03 May 2013, 03:10

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Northern Ireland: Sarah Travers presents the fourth and final episode of UK360's Big Lottery Fund specials, looking at some exciting community projects taking place in her native Northern Ireland.

The Big Lottery Fund gives out millions of pounds every year to support thousands of community groups all over the UK, some of which improve physical and mental health, fight social isolation, and create closer communities. Since 2004, they've committed an estimated £6bn to new projects.


Cloughmills Community Action Team is bringing people of all ages together by teaching them how to plant crops, cook food or even how to brew beer. BIG's Village SOS and People's Millions initiatives have not only improved the wellbeing of the people of Cloughmills; they also transformed existing woodland and derelict space into an area where the community comes together to look after the environment. More information:

Venture Outdoors is a programme that encourages participation in outdoors activities by organising a variety of programmes and sessions for disadvantaged community groups. After having their funding extended until 2014, Venture Outdoors has started training community representatives to become confident and skilled in leading walks in their local area. These Community Walk Leaders will go on to set up walking groups, and encourage people in their local community to walk with the group on a regular basis. More information:

The Something Special project is bringing the local community together by using music to encourage social interaction and co-operative work for young adults with learning difficulties. The project offers courses in a variety of topics to suit any taste, including rhythm and music; performing arts; and literacy, giving the participants the opportunity to showcase their creative talent. More information:

The Foyle Haven organisation provides support to reduce the harm caused by alcohol abuse. BIG provided funding for Foyle Haven through the Safe From Harm project, where nearly £1m was granted to enable the centre to extend opening hours to evenings and weekends. This has allowed the centre to help many more street drinkers, as well as taking pressure off the emergency services. More information:

Acting Up, which is run by the Kaleidoscope project, gives older people the opportunity to get active and involved in performing arts in their local community. Last year, the project took place in Newry and Lisburn. The Newry Acting Up is the first of six similar Acting Up groups that will be set up in different areas across Northern Ireland over the next few years. The Kaleidoscope project has plans to set up the UK's first ever Older People's Arts Academy in Newry and are also planning Northern Ireland's first ever Older People's Arts Festival for June this year, featuring two days of events, performances, and workshops for older people. More information:

Remember, If you have a film that highlights an inspiring project in your community, email us at and it might make it to a future programme.


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