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Wednesday, 8 August, 2001, 12:12 GMT 13:12 UK
Health initiative's lottery windfall
The healthy living centre will be built in Derry
A community health scheme in County Londonderry is to receive almost 1m of lottery funding.

The grant, from the New Opportunities Fund, will be awarded to the Bogside and Brandywell Initiative's Health in Our Hands Project in Derry on Wednesday.

The project helps children with disabilities, lone parents and the long-term unemployed.

The money will fund a healthy-living centre, planned for the Brandywell gasyard site in the city, as well as developing a range of services provided by the scheme.

This project is built on strong community involvement, comprehensive research and a commitment to improve the health of local people

Breidge Gadd New Opportunities Fund

Breidge Gadd, a member of the Fund in Northern Ireland, said the project demonstrated "an imaginative and integrated approach to meeting health needs".

"This project has been an exciting partnership between the community and statutory sector," she said.

"It is built on strong community involvement, comprehensive research and a commitment to improve the health of local people.

"We are delighted to support this project and look forward to seeing it commence."

Disadvantaged areas

It is the second major investment in the city by the fund in Northern Ireland this year.

In April, a 1.2m grant was granted to help provide a state-of-the art healthy living centre in the Creggan estate.

It was the largest single amount of money ever awarded by the fund in Northern Ireland, and has been used to aid children, teenage mothers and victims of domestic violence.

Bairbre de Brun
Bairbre de Brun: "A welcome initiative"

The New Opportunities Fund Health Living Centres programme has a total of 13.5m of lottery money to fund a network of centres in disadvantaged areas across Northern Ireland by 2002.

Northern Ireland Health Minister Bairbre de Brun welcomed the announcement and said addressing the health needs of any community required hard work and dedication.

Speaking on Wednesday, she said: "Initiatives such as this improve health in local communities, and broaden participation in positive action for health through partnerships including community groups, voluntary organisations, business and statutory partners."

"This will give a tremendous boost to those who are actively addressing the current health challenges in the Bogside and Brandywell area of Derry."

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