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We enabled big improvements in the New Lodge

Published: Thur, 21 Sep 2017
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Spruce up: (L-R): Artillery Youth Centre user Shannon Killen, Malachy McKinney and Jackie O’Kane NIHE with Artillery Youth Co-Ordinator Harry Murphy and Pearse Murphy at a clean up in the New Lodge area..
New Lodge
Residents in the New Lodge are reaping the benefits of a new environmental project in the area, supported by us,
Artillery Youth Centre has received an investment grant of £13,000 from the housing body to provide training to local young people and big improvements have been made over the summer months.
Environmental clean ups, graffiti removal and gardening sessions have helped improve quality of life for local people, with 52 families benefitting from activities like repaired fencing, painted window sills, clean guttering and external power hosing.
Harry Murphy, Co-Ordinator at Artillery Youth Centre, said:
“Financial support from the Housing Executive has also allowed us to improve 12 public spaces in the New Lodge, as well as the homes of many ordinary local people.
“Grass cutting and weeding has been completed with seven young, local men engaged in the project.
“Altogether, 11 young people completed Lantra Level 2 in Groundswork and we have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from our local community.”
Malachy McKinney, our Manager for North Belfast, said:
“We are delighted to support such positive action in an area like the New Lodge.
“Young people involved are gaining life skills, allied with formal qualifications and we hope this stands them in good stead as they progress through their lives.”
For more information, including pictures of the young people in action, click online at the Artillery Youth Centre Facebook page at