Lisburn Alliance makes reminder about rural funding

Owen Gawith Alliance representative for Downshire West

Owen Gawith Alliance representative for Downshire West

The Lagan Valley Alliance team is reminding people locally that the ‘Maximising Access to Services, Grants and Benefits in Rural Areas’ (MARA) project is ending in June this year.

Downshire West representative, Owen Gawith explains “The project has the potential to offer highly valuable assistance to local people in rural areas. I have used a similar scheme myself and can vouch for it. For example, a partial grant towards replacing a boiler can be hugely beneficial in the current economic climate.

“The project works through trained enablers, who carry out home visits and can provide assistance including rural community transport, benefit entitlement and home safety checks. They can also assist with access to boiler replacement and energy efficiency grants”.

The local scheme covers Glenavy, Maghaberry, Moira, Ballinderry, Ballymacbrennan, Hillsborough, Maze, Drumbo and Dromara.

Downshire East representative, Aaron McIntyre concluded “This innovative project is essential because it uses a personal approach to give people access to local services, grants and benefits that they may not be aware they are entitled to. I would encourage everyone in the MARA project area to avail of the services offered by the project before the scheme finishes in June 2014.”

For more information on MARA or to arrange a home visit please phone 028 38398888, or contact the local Lagan Valley Alliance office on 028 92671177.