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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



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



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!


Funding Information Event @ Rural Community Network, Cookstown 16th February

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland will be having a funding information event at Rural Community Network's premises in Cookstown on Thursday 16th Feburary between 10:30am and 12:30pm.

This will be an opportunity to come along and meet Brenda McMullan, Grants Manager of the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland, and hear about the Foundation’s funding opportunities for the forthcoming year.

Groups applying must have charitable status or working towards charitable status.

We expect a high demand for this event and places are limited to 2 per group. First come, first served.

To book your place or to find out more, contact Teresa on 028 8676 6670 or email

Rural Community Network's premises are located at 38a Oldtown Street, Cookstown, BT80 8EF.

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