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Phase Three of Newport Transformation Completed

7th Feb 2018

The Boys' Brigade Northern Ireland District Brigade has unveiled a £200k regeneration project on the site of the former Newport Primary School in Culcavy. The building, which doubles as the headquarters for the organisation now offers high quality residential, training and conference facilities.

This latest phase of the building's refurbishment has utilised £50k support from the popular Alpha Programme to create five dormitory style rooms and training spaces.

The initiative was launched in 2008 by Alpha Resource Management- a waste and green energy company, who distributes funding four times per year through the Landfill Tax Credits Scheme. Successful applicants have included a diverse range of community and biodiversity projects within a 15-mile radius of the landfill site at Mullaghglass on the outskirts of Lisburn. Commenting on the completion, Drew Buchanan MBE, Chair of Newport Delivery Group of The Boys' Brigade Northern Ireland District said;

"We are thrilled to have completed phase three of our renovation and extension plan for our NI District Headquarters. Funding from the Alpha Programme has assisted us in this project to provide three dormitory style rooms sleeping up to 12 in each and two leaders/accessible rooms- we are very grateful for this valuable financial assistance.

"The Boys' Brigade is committed to seeing lives enriched by supporting children and young people to reach their full potential; providing opportunities to meet together and engage in a range of fun and developmental activities and experiences. There's something for every young person whether it's camping, mountaineering, kayaking, playing sport, and developing skills such as first aid, computer coding and leadership. Members build confidence, make friends, take responsibility and are encouraged to make a real difference in their communities - sharing the values that make us who we are.

"To enable all of this we provide a comprehensive training programme for Boys and Leaders - historically all provided in house on our premises by trained volunteer leaders. We have a long tradition of residential training, which we can now continue at Newport, tried and tested over 125 years. Residential training is much valued by the organisation as a means to providing successive generations of trained and equipped BB leaders to service a current membership of just under 15,000 boys."

The new facility will also act as a modern hub for wider use and is a testament to how the Alpha Programme can help transform and enrich local communities.

Richard Rogers from Groundwork NI who manages the programme adds; "We are delighted to have been able to help the Boys' Brigade bring this old school building back into productive use. We look forward to seeing this excellent new training and residential facility being used by youth and community organisations for many years to come".

Applications for the next round of Alpha Programme funding close at 12 noon on Friday 20th April, 2018

Anyone considering applying to the Programme is encouraged to contact Groundwork NI to discuss their application prior to submission. Application forms and a map showing the eligible project area are available from Groundwork NI's website

Caption: Christo Tsoutsis, Niamh- Anne McNally from The Alpha Programme, Jason Tsoutsis, Richard Rogers from Groundwork NI, Drew Buchanan MBE, Chair of Newport Delivery Group of The Boys' Brigade Northern Ireland District and Ryan Wilkinson pictured in the new dormitory style rooms at the Boys Brigade Headquarters in Culcavy.

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