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£10,000 lottery boost for women's DIY training

A North Belfast project which provides unemployed women with DIY training has been boosted with a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

The Women’s Tec (Training, Enterprise & Childcare Centre) is one of 71 groups across Northern Ireland that have been awarded grants totalling over £576,149 from the Awards For All programme.

The organisation, based in Duncairn Gardens in north Belfast, has been awarded a grant of £10,000 to provide DIY training to out-of-work women to give them skills they can use to find jobs in the future. Once the women are trained, they will form a volunteer team that will offer DIY services to vulnerable and isolated households in the community.

Project co-ordinator Helen Prickard said: “A lot of the women we work with are benefit-dependant. This programme will give women the skills to do some basic DIY projects within their homes such as fixing a dripping tap or simple insulation that will save energy.

“With the recession biting, there are not many jobs around, so we are teaching them practical skills that they can use to improve their chances of getting trade jobs in the future.”

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