£40m Lottery cash to support Northern Ireland’s most vulnerable people

The Big Lottery Fund yesterday launched its Reaching Out programmes – Empowering Young People and Connecting Older People – which aims to invest up to £40 million to support older people and young people most at risk.

Empowering Young People is a £20 million programme to support some of Northern Ireland’s most vulnerable young people including those who have been in care, involved in crime or disengaged from education. Grants of up to £500,000 will be available for projects that will help this group of young people transform their lives through activities such as training and employment schemes, one-to-one crisis support, mentoring programmes and street outreach work.

Connecting Older People is a £20 million programme supporting isolated and vulnerable older people who have been affected by issues such as bereavement, disability, long term illness or who live in residential care or sheltered housing. Grants of up to £500,000 will be able to support older people through activities such as physical and mental health projects, volunteering programmes and projects that will bring isolated older people and young people together.

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