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Funding for £310k community centre gets go-ahead

By Donna Deeney

Funding for a community centre in one of Northern Ireland's most socially deprived areas has been secured, allowing work to begin within weeks.

The Dunluce Family Centre serves the Ballymagroarty area of Londonderry but until now it was operating in cramped conditions.

Almost £310,000 secured from the Department of Social Development through the ‘People and Place’ strategy will fund a new building and refurbishment of an existing premises.

Work on the new premises will include the refurbishment and extension of a vacant building at Shaws Court which had previously been used as a children’s playschool.

Dunluce Family Centre chairwoman Margaret McCann said larger premises will allow the group to provide a more comprehensive service.

“We have been working out of this vacant housing executive house for the past 25 years so while it will be sad to leave this building there is great excitement at the thought of bigger premises that will allow us to provide a more comprehensive, wraparound service to the community.”

DSD Minister Nelson McCausland (left) said: “This funding will support the Dunluce Family Centre in delivering an invaluable family support service to the people of the Outer West Neighbourhood Renewal Area.”

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