MP welcomes Big Lottery funding

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North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has welcomed the news of a Big Lottery Funding grant for a Supporting Families project taking place in Ballymena and Ballymoney.

The award of £669,298 has been made to Buttle UK, a charitable trust that gives grants to families to help children and young people across the UK, is to help finance their Kinnections project which is being delivered in partnership with Kinship Care NI.

The Supporting Families programme is investing £25 million in projects to help families in Northern Ireland to improve their children’s lives.

Big Lottery Fund Director Joanne McDowell commented “We want to support families cope with issues such as separation, absence of a key family member, poverty, disability, homelessness and abuse.”

Mr Paisley noted “The Kinnections project is such a worthy programme for the Big Lottery Fund to offer their support to and I am delighted they chose to do so. The project will support over 700 children across Northern Ireland who are living in kinship care, a significant number of whom are in the Ballymena and Ballymoney area.”

The project will help children and their carers access better support, including group activities and kin support groups.