Fund Helps Tackle Counselling Gap For Derry Young People

Fund Helps Tackle Counselling Gap For Derry Young People

Andrew Kelly Corporate

An innovative community fund is helping address a gap in the provision of counselling services in Derry / Londonderry for young people, but more needs to be done according to a local charity, Aurora Counselling. The Building Better Futures fund provided £25,000 to help turn a property in the city centre (Bishop Street) into a popular children’s role-play based centre, …

New £1m Fund Launched To Promote Growth Of NI Childhood Services

New £1m Fund Launched To Promote Growth Of NI Childhood Services

Andrew Kelly Corporate

A new £1m childcare fund has been launched by the Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT) to assist community led childcare and family support programmes across Northern Ireland. The UCIT Family Support Fund was launched at an Early Years event in Belfast recently. Early Years is the largest organisation in Northern Ireland working since 1965 to promote high quality childcare for …

Irish Premiership Club Invests £1.2m In New Education Centre

Irish Premiership Club Invests £1.2m In New Education Centre

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Crusaders Football Club (FC) is investing £1.2m to build a new education centre that aims to help people in the local area gain qualifications and tackle long-term unemployment.  The investment is being supported by the Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT) and the Social Investment Fund (SIF). Work has started on the new education hub, named the ‘McDonald Centre’ after Crusaders …

UCIT Help’s Put The ‘Sparkle’ Into Clearer Water

UCIT Help’s Put The ‘Sparkle’ Into Clearer Water

Andrew Kelly Corporate

A social enterprise based near Larne has had the ‘sparkle’ put into its business thanks to a £50K loan from Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT) to purchase a new automatic carbonator. Clearer Water, from Magheramorne, sources and bottles drinking water which is certified as among the best in the UK and Ireland.  The new carbonator has enabled the company to …

UCIT Launches £4M Dedicated Sports Fund

UCIT Launches £4m Dedicated Sports Fund

Andrew Kelly Corporate

The Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT) has ‘kicked off’ a dedicated £4m fund for sporting organisations seeking finance. UCIT, one of the UK’s largest providers of social finance, has already provided £7m to 70 clubs across Ireland, helping deliver new training facilities, clubhouses and state-of-the-art pitches.  The new fund will commit a further £4m to the local sporting sector over …

Building Better Futures

Demand For Community Fund Exceeds Expectations

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Demand for loans from an innovative community fund has exceeded all expectations.  In just over six months the ‘Building Better Futures Fund’ has committed over £500K to almost 30 groups across Northern Ireland. Created by a partnership between Belfast Charitable Society, Building Change Trust and Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT), the £1M fund provides unsecured loans of up to £25,000 …