Laois and Leinster healthcare projects can benefit from National Lottery support

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly

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National Lottery support for healthcare projects

Organisations and community groups in Laois and other parts of Leinster involved in healthcare are invited to apply for this year’s round of HSE National Lottery Good Causes Grants.

Almost 1,300 projects received more than €3.9 million in grants ranging from €500 to €10,000 last year. The grants have been vital in helping organisations to continue and expand the provision of their healthcare services to communities in every county in Ireland. The funding is available to community groups and voluntary organisations across nine Community Health Organisations spanning the country.

Recipients of funding in 2017 include national organisations which provide information and support for disabilities and illnesses such as the Irish Wheelchair Association, Enable Ireland and the Jack & Jill Foundation.

Other voluntary organisations that benefitted include the Irish Red Cross; the Mayo and Carlow & Leinster Rape Crisis Centres; the Errigal Truagh Centre and the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Groups in Laois shared out nearly €55,000. The biggest grant of €10,000 went to the refurbishment of the social day care centre in Rathdowney.

Dermot Griffin, CEO of the National Lottery said Lottery money is making a difference.

“I am delighted to see that funds raised by the people of Ireland, from playing National Lottery games  are making a real difference to the lives of those in society that need it most.

"Whether it is a vital service for people with intellectual or physical disabilities or respite care for our senior citizens, each of the 1,290 organisations and projects which have received funding last year do amazing work in communities all over the country and provide a lot of peace of mind for those who are service users and their families. I’d like to thank all of our players for enabling these worthwhile causes with their continued support,” he said.

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games go back to Good Causes. These funds are transferred to the national Exchequer and are used to finance expenditure by various Government Departments on projects in the area of Health, Youth, Sports, Recreation, Amenities, Welfare, Arts, Culture, Heritage and the Irish Language. Last year alone over €226 million was raised by the National Lottery and its players for Good Causes all over Ireland, equating to about €616,000 per day.

Organisations and community projects can now apply for funding on the HSE website, with a closing date for applications being 5pm on Thursday 7th June 2018.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Thursday 30th August.

To apply tap here

The following is the breakdown of Laois groups to benefit in 2017

Rathdowney Mental Health Association - To provide social activities, including day trips/outings/transport x2, annual social evening and a short holiday break for members. €1,000

Rathdowney Active Retirement Association  - Elderly group of people who meet for social contact and  to do crafts and projects. Funding sought towards cost of premises, materials, admin and sundries. €400

Abbeyleix Active Retirement - Funding sought to provide a day out to boost well-being of approx. 40 members, Costs include transport, activity and refreshments. €400

Rosenallis Senior Citizens Committee - Towards an annual day trip away and a winter social event for the elderly who would not otherwise get the opportunity. €400

EMO Active Retirement - Provides a regular social outlet for older people and people living alone to engage with others one day a week. Seeking funding for tables, chairs, upgrade toilets and storage cabinet for defibrillator. €1,000

La Leche League Portlaoise - Seeking funding to make more mothers aware of the services provided by La Leche League, which is a 24/7, 365 support to mothers who are breast feeding. Funding sought to cover costs such as advertising, stationary and printing of leaflets. €800

Rathdowney Social Day Centre - Funding sought to refurbish centre so as to comply with health and safety standards and make it safe and comfortable for those using the facility.  Costs include totally upgrading the toilet and showering  facilities and all associated plumbing. Also to purchase tables and chairs.  Some funding also required to provide activities two days a week for older people and those living alone. €10,000

Ballyfin Community Alert - Providing safety and welfare in the community, Looking for funding for first aid training for 30 people and for 2 AEDs and outdoor street cabinets, 20 masks, 2 manikins and 5 large kitted  first aid boxes. €1,500

Social Services Committee  Borris-in-Ossory - Seeking funding for tables and chairs, and to provide leisure activities, courses  and refreshments for the elderly, people with special needs and travellers. €1,700

Mountrath Mens Shed - Funding sought  to provide courses, tools, furniture and a poly tunnel to continue to provide a much needed environment for widowers and men living alone. €2,000

Rathdowney Social Services - Providing and delivering meals to needy people and those living alone.  Funding required to support the service including purchase of utensils, kitchen equipment/appliances and replacement of a door. Also some funding required towards the cost of the annual social outing and day trips. €1,500

Vicarstown Active Recreational Group - To encourage a positive attitude to ageing and retirement by participating in regular group activities and social events. Funding sought to purchase four sets of  Bowls and other equipment, to increase the level of physical activity and encourage new members to join. €1,400 

Vicarstown Old Community Centre - To carry our light renovations which would benefit the older and vulnerable people in the community so they can meet up, especially those from isolated areas who seldom get out. Funding sought to repair to the roof and timber floors, and to make it more accessible for people in wheelchairs and roll on frames, so as to meet health and safety requirements.
Laois Partnership Co - Under Laois Partnership, Befriending Laois provides a befriending service to older people and people with disabilities suffering from social isolation and loneliness.  Funding required to cover costs such as telephone equipment, ICT equipment and Salesforce, Volunteer Training, Garda Vetting, promotional materials and Volunteer expenses. €1,000

Laois Friends of Special Needs Providing social and recreational activities for people with special needs and their families. Funding sought to modernise the kitchenette. €1,000

Durrow Meals on Wheels - Providing hot meals to the homes of  the elderly. Funding sought for upgrading of heating system and installing roof insulation. €6,000

Cuisle Cancer Support Centre - Provides information and support to people diagnosed with cancer, their families and carers. Funding sought to provide The Living With & Beyond Cancer Programme to enable persons to renew a true sense of themselves after cancer. Costs include Practitioners fees 9,360  Materials cost 1,440  Admin/Advertising/Printing   8,380  course run over 3 years. €5,000

Abbeyleix Social Services Ltd - Looking after the old and infirm members in the community by providing hot meals. Funding sought for repairs to roof. €4,000

Mountmellick Youth Development Ass -Funding sought to provide 3 groups of young people with a facilitated session of 2.5 hours per week over 12 weeks. Each group will consist of between 16-20 young people supported by a facilitator, an assistant facilitator and volunteer student. The focus will be to encourage young people to lead a healthy life and to actively engage in the community. Promoting mental and physical wellbeing, life skills and resilience. €4,000

Sonas Mountmellick - Grant sought to purchase a defibrillator for the centre. €1,000

Raheen Senior Citizens Committee - To provide a social event for older people in the community, including refreshments, entertainment and venue costs €400

Killenard Active Retirement To upgrade facilities including  toilets and storage area and towards the cost of providing day trips and social events for members and other older people in the area. €400

Mountmellick Active Retirement - Funding sought to provide transport for outings and social events for the elderly in the area.

Portarlington Social Services/ Meals on Wheels - Seeking funding for heating system to be refurbished and for a new steamer and slicer for the kitchen. €5,000

Arthritis Ireland Laois Branch - Seeking funding to deliver 2 chartered physiotherapist lead exercise programmes, One programme in water and one programme indoor, both to be held in Laois. €1,000

Portlaoise Family Resource Centre - Seeking funding for a camp which will enable children and young people from the area to access. €1,500

Portlaoise Family Resource Centre - Funding sought for a young men's project aim at 18-25 years with diversionary programmes and activities. €1,000

Portlaoise Family Resource Centre - Funding sought for a young women's project for adolescent girls within Portlaoise.