Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Playgroup facing the axe gets funds lifeline

A local community group have been given a lifeline thanks to vital funding from the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM).

The money will provide much-needed aid for the Ballymac Playzone project which was facing the axe after the Department for Health ceased to back it financially.

The project, which operates under the auspices of Ballymac Community Group in east Belfast and is aimed at helping young children, was facing immediate closure.

But, yesterday, OFMDFM unveiled its decision to step in with emergency funding, allowing the scheme to continue for another three months.

During that time it is hoped that project organisers will be able to find new funding.

Rev Mervyn Gibson, Ballymac Community Centre chair, said they hoped to find “a long term solution for the project”.

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