Limerick community and voluntary groups to benefit from €47,100 in funding

Fine Gael Senator, Maria Byrne is delighted to announce funding to the tune of €47,100 for community and voluntary groups based in Limerick.

The biggest benefiters from the Community and Voluntary Supports Grant Scheme are St Munchin’s Community Centre in Kileely (€20,000) and St Mary’s A.I.D. CLG on Nicholas St in Limerick city (€12,000).

CareBright CLD in Bruff (€8,000), Limerick Dementia Social Club (€5,800) and the CastleconnellAhane, Montpelier Care of Aged group (€1,300) have also been included in the funding which was today [Monday, November 4] announced by Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly TD (FG).

“This grant scheme recognises the valuable services that community and voluntary agencies provide to support older people to continue living in their communities and maintain their social connections,” said Senator Byrne.

“They contribute significantly to positive ageing and better overall health for the older population. It is not enough to simply applaud the valuable service provided by community and voluntary agencies; that is why it is vital that the Government continues to financially support these groups, many who are experiencing rises to day-to-day running costs.

“The funding highlights the Government’s promise to support such groups, initiatives which form the fabric of what makes this country so great – local thriving communities that look out for one another.

“It is fantastic to see so many brilliant groups in Limerick benefit from today’s announcement, many that I am very familiar with myself and the positive impact they have on their local communities,” added Ms Byrne.

The funding forms part of the Government’s €1m grant funding for community and voluntary groups under the Community & Voluntary Supports Grant Scheme.

The Community and Voluntary Supports Grant Scheme is a joint initiative of  Minister Daly and the HSE providing an extra €1 million funding to community and voluntary groups to continue to support older people, family carers and significant others to stay well and remain connected with their local community.

Improving and developing community supports is in line with the vision outlined in Sláintecare, which supports a shift in our delivery of care to a model that will focus on prevention and early intervention, and that will provide most of the care in the community.

ENDS

Contact Maria Byrne: 086-8300951

Photo caption: (L-R) Sean McGlynn, Kieran O’Neill, Senator Maria Byrne, Linda Ledger, Minister Jim Daly in St Munchin’s Community Centre in Kileely Free Repo, Photo Credit: Kieran Ryan Benson.

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