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Caffrey Hill Clubs grab new gear with Community Grant

10 April 2018

Participants of the Crochet Circle and Art Club at Clanmil Housing’s Caffrey Hill development on the Glen Road in Belfast have benefitted from funding provided by Clanmil through their Community Fund.

The Community Fund has been set up by Clanmil to support voluntary and community organisations working in communities to develop local people’s social and employability skills, help them create safe communities with positive environments and improve people’s physical and mental wellbeing.



The Caffrey Hill Crochet Circle and Art Club were set up about a year ago by residents with the aim of giving people somewhere to relax, socialise with friends and forget about the stresses of life for a few hours.

A total of £750 was awarded to the two clubs. The Art Club has used the funding to purchase paint, canvasses, brushes and other art equipment, while the Crochet Circle has bought starter crochet kits for newcomers to the group.

Over the past months the Crochet Club have been actively helping the community by making twiddle muffs for dementia patients and hats for babies in the baby unit in the Royal Hospital.

Elishia, who started the Crochet Club at Caffrey Hill said, “We’re delighted the Art Club and Crochet Cirlce have benefitted from the Community Fund. This will make it possible for even more people to come down to Hub West and enjoy some “Creative Therapy”. People with all kinds of stresses and worries regularly enjoy the chance to unwind for an hour or so which is really good for mental health.”

Tim O’Malley, Community Development Manager at Clanmil said, “Through our Community Fund, we invest in initiatives that strengthen communities and empower people. By funding projects like the Caffrey Hill Crochet Circle and Art Club we are helping people start up their own projects based on the needs and interests of their community.  This has a positive impact on the wellbeing of all involved and helps build support networks in our communities.”

If you are interested in applying for funding through the Clanmil Community Fund, find out more on at www.clanmil.org.uk


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