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Storehouse NI Welcomes Ben Brogan of Lloyds Banking Group

Yesterday the Halifax Foundation NI welcomed Ben Brogan, Group Director of Lloyds Banking Group Public Affairs and facilitated a visit to Storehouse NI, to experience first-hand the valuable work they do.

 

Launched in 2008, Storehouse (NI) had a very simple aim; to combat food poverty throughout the Greater Belfast area, working towards a day when no one in the city should have to go hungry.  Since then the focus has broadened to encompass other basic needs such as clothes, furniture, and household goods.

 

Storehouse partner with over 35 different churches, as well as over 15 local schools and businesses who all collect and donate food, furniture and clothing, and also give their time and money, so that they can provide our service freely.

 

Storehouse partner with over 160 charities, agencies and statutory bodies, covering every demographic of poverty in every geographical area of Belfast, to ensure that short term, emergency aid is supporting long term plans for change. The desire is never to create dependency or to perpetuate poor lifestyle choices, but to create a window for change.

 

When poverty of any type sets in, one of the first things to be affected is an individual’s dignity. Storehouse see the unique significance in every life, regardless of circumstances, and so strive to see service users empowered through the restoration of dignity.

 

Last year Storehouse NI received £6,000 from the Community Grant Programme towards a van used for collecting furniture from the public, delivering furniture items to clients, collecting food donations and transporting goods from the warehouse to Storehouse Centre.

 

 

 

We Are Moving!

Please bear with us over the next few days as we are moving offices to 11 - 15 Donegall Square North.

Although we may not be available by telephone, if you have any queries drop us an email to: info@halifaxfoundationni.org

We endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

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

 

 

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