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McGahan pays tribute to local recipients of ESF

Published: 15 May, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan has welcomed the completion of the European Social Fund (ESF) process by the Department of Education and Learning Minister, Stephen Farry.

The Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA said,

"The news announced by Minister Farry that the ESF process resulted in over £112 million of funding to 68 organisations was truly welcomed.

"I appreciate the minister's recognition of the key role that the community and voluntary sector plays in helping and supporting the most vulnerable in our society.

"Because the funding from the ESF is limited and this is a competitive application process, there will inevitably be organisations that applied and will be disappointed not to receive funding. However, those that did receive funding must be congratulated.

Ms. McGahan continues,

"First Steps Women's Centre, a Centre of Education exclusively for women,is one of the organisations in receipt of ESF. It has been a beacon of hope, support, training and Childcare for women in the Dungannon and South Tyrone Area since 1998.

"South West College is also in receipt of ESF, which is again truly deserved for the work they do in providing lifelong learning opportunities through quality education and training in support of economic, social and community development.

"During its three years of activity this funding will support over 10,000 young people not in education, employment or training; 7,266 people with disabilities; 24,742 people who are unemployed or economically inactive and 2,340 families with a high level of need to develop their capacity to reach full potential in terms of education, training, health, social and economic issues.

"I sincerely hope that this funding will be increased next time round and I will continue to provide support and assistance to the community and voluntary sector in any way I can." ENDS