Stronge Court Strikes Gold with Lidl Grant
19 February 2018
A newly formed resident group in Portadown has struck lucky in a funding competition run by supermarket chain Lidl.
The Stronge Court Senior Group have been awarded £1,000 by Lidl as part of the Lidl Community Works project.
The residents of Stronge Court have benefited from a donation of £1,000, as part of the Lidl Community Works programme. Pictured at the event are members of the development’s senior group and front left are Marius Zaicevas, deputy manager, Lidl Portadown, and Nigel Telford, chairman of the senior group.
People living at Stronge Court independent living scheme in Portadown were supported by Clanmil Housing to come together and form a tenant association so that they can apply for grants and access funding for a range of social and educational activities.
Through their tenant association they also benefit from having a united voice along with a joint sense of belonging and purpose.
Nigel Telford, Chairperson of Stronge Court Seniors Group said:
"Our scheme co-ordinator Marian noticed the advertisement for the Lidl Works Community project while she was doing her shopping and helped us to apply.
"We are delighted to have received this funding which will provide all of us here at Stronge Court with an opportunity to become involved in a range of social activities and educational programmes tailored to our needs and interests."
The Community Works project, which is in its 4th year, was set up to by Lidl to positively contribute to the communities in which it serves and operates by providing funding to groups and projects they feel deserve extra support. A grand total of £228,000 has been awarded so far.
Customers at the Lidl store in Portadown chose Strong Court Seniors Group as one of the local groups to benefit from the funding.
Conor Boyle, Regional Director at Lidl Northern Ireland said:
"At Lidl we value the opportunity to engage first hand with local communities around Northern Ireland who support us every day, and the Community Works initiative has enabled us to do just that. Over the past four years, we've witnessed the incredible work that groups like Stronge Court Seniors do, and being able to offer something back to them is a true privilege."
Austin Kelly, Community Cohesion Officer at Clanmil, assisted the tenants with the formation of the Stronge Court Seniors Group. He said:
"This funding will help the Group deliver activities to improve the health and wellbeing of people living at Stronge Court.
"Now that we have the funds we'll be able to set about creating a programme of events and initiatives that everyone living at the scheme will really enjoy and benefit from."