Two organizations based on the North Coast have been announced as recipients of two substantial grants, injecting much-needed funds for their services, which operate both locally and across Northern Ireland.
As part of a total of £20,000 available through the return of SPAR NI’s Community Reimbursement Scheme, the Community Rescue Service (CRS) received £10,000 and North Coast World Earth (NCWE) received £5,000.
The Community Rescue Service (CRS), a voluntary search and rescue service which operates across Northern Ireland, has been awarded the impressive largest grant to help it continue to provide its search and rescue services to high-risk, vulnerable and missing members of the community, including dementia patients, children and people in crisis.
The grant will also help CRS invest in a new staff member to build its fundraising team and increase its focus on outreach, which will go a long way to ensuring the long-term survival of this vital charity.
Sean McCarry, CRS Regional Commander, said, “We are so privileged and thrilled to be awarded this community cashback grant from SPAR NI, it will contribute so much to the vital work we do.
“Every pound we have is spent on the organization and the people we are looking for. It is very difficult to continue without grants like this and especially without the support of the community.
NCWE is a local charity and community group passionate about protecting the environment by tackling pollution, raising awareness and creating community-led climate action.
The group has also developed a digital approach, the first of its kind in the UK and Ireland, in which local groups can track their positive impact on the environment and celebrate their achievements.
The use of this technology stimulates interaction between communities and allows local groups, such as schools, to visualize and better understand their own contributions and the impact this has on pollution.
NCWE’s Gavin Wallace commented. “It is important to us here at NCWE to bring the public together to care for, appreciate and respect our environment, not only for our benefit but also for the benefit of future generations.
“So far we have collected over 3.6 tonnes of waste from 495 miles across the Causeway Coast and Glens area, thanks to our amazing volunteers from local schools, businesses, community groups and families across the community.
“We would like to thank SPAR NI for this generous grant which will help us enormously, with long term benefits for our local communities on the Causeway Coast and the surrounding environment.”
As the number of volunteers in the NCWE continues to grow, the grant will help relieve pressure on vital resources and equipment needed for their events, campaigns and volunteers, which have been impacted over the past two years.
It will also help them set up Eco Hubs in businesses across the province, as well as start taking steps to expand the group to other parts of the UK.
Launched in April, SPAR announced £100,000 for charities across the UK. Six community groups across Northern Ireland have received grants, with a total of £20,000 donated through the organisations.
Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing at Henderson Group, owner of SPAR in Northern Ireland, commented; “We are thrilled to be able to give back to the Community Rescue Service and North Coast World Earth. Both are vital groups, who have such a positive impact on their local and surrounding community. It is so important to us at SPAR to be able to show continued support in any way possible. »