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Leckagh working for a brighter future

Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014
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The project will look to improve civic leadership and bring residents together
Leckagh good relations project
A Magherafelt community group is challenging negative perceptions of its estate by embarking on a good relations project to improve civic leadership and bring residents together.
Leckagh Neighbourhood Group has signed up to the EU PEACE III funded bric programme (Building Relationships in Communities), a partnership between the Rural Development Council, the Housing Executive and Tides Training. The initiative is designed to encourage greater levels of social integration within Northern Ireland’s housing sector by building understanding and relationships in areas where it is needed most.
Linda Millar, Chair of Leckagh Neighbourhood group, said: “We are contending with a number of issues on the estate, where we have some 200 houses, and we hope that by engaging with the bric programme that we can start to tackle those issues. I think the programme is a great idea as it will help us build a better community and give us more awareness and training to deal with issues on the estate.  
“It has been the case that the estate has come in for negative attention in recent times and the reality is that lots of good things are also happening in Leckagh that are not making the headlines.
“We want our young people to know they have a bright future ahead of them and to feel this is an area that they can be proud of. Taking part in bric should help us to do that and we can start to see the positive benefits,” added the Chair.
Margaret Kelly, our Manager in Magherafelt, said: “I look forward to the participation of the Leckagh Neighbourhood Group in the bric programme and to the positive outcome of creating a neighbourhood, which is a safe, welcoming environment for all the residents.
Kerry McIvor, bric Programme Manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome Leckagh to the bric programme and hope they will benefit greatly from the range of training, community building and funding opportunities that it has to offer.”