Watch: ‘Positive impact’ of Lottery learning project on Toome and Upperlands communities

A report on a Big Lottery funded project, Living & Learning Together led by the Northern Regional College says it has had a major impact on communities in Toome and Upperlands.

It reveals that more than 28,000 people taking part in a range of courses ranging from activities for young people, isolated seniors, support for parents with special needs children, English classes for the Migrant community and training for volunteers.

NRC Art Tutor Donna Lynch pictured with her students and their work

NRC Art Tutor Donna Lynch pictured with her students and their work

Martha Grant from the Time for Me Women’s Group, in Toome said: “As pensioners we have limited budgets and so not could afford to pay for these classes ourselves and the group would not have been able to arrange them without the financial assistance of the Big Lottery and we really hope to be able to benefit from the Living and Learning programme again in the future.”

Commenting on the evaluation report, Northern Regional College’s Project Leader Marie McCloy said The Northern Regional College played an integral part in our education system.

She explained that it offered a wide variety of courses, academic and skills-based, and we play a key role in local learning networks and shared education and in delivering courses across the community.

“By working closely with our project partners The Living and Learning Together project has delivered a range of benefits to those who participated; not least it has succeeded in decreasing the levels of social isolation in families of children with Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. This has been achieved through social activities and events that have integrated these families and made them feel more connected to their own community.”