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Projects to aid young get £650k lottery cash

By Brenda McDaid

More than £650,000 has been awarded for new projects in the north west tackling homophobic bullying and drug abuse.

The Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching out: Empowering Young People programme confirmed the grant allocations.

Charity HURT (Have Your Tomorrows) received £498,820 to support addiction services at its centres in Londonderry, Strabane and Limavady.

HURT centre manager Dessie Kyle said: “This project is about prevention and supporting young people to make the right choices early in their lives.”

The Rainbow Project in Derry has been awarded £155,737 for a new initiative supporting youths forced from school because of homophobic bullying.

The charity will use the funding to run education courses for young people.

Rainbow director John O’Doherty said: “Homophobic bullying is a huge problem in schools.”

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