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£100,000 Donated to Mid Ulster Groups

Workspace is celebrating exceeding the £100,000 mark in grants distributed from our surpluses to community and voluntary groups from the Magherafelt area of Mid Ulster. Since our Workspace Community Fund was launched in 2009 groups including Glasgowbury, Ballinascreen Men’s Shed, Draperstown Traders and Ballinascreen Eco Schools, have used our grants to deliver 278 projects which have benefited and continue to benefit the local community.

We are a ‘profit for purpose’ organisation whose business model sees surpluses generated from our commercial activities: recruitment; training and employability; heat recovery; self employment support; and, insulation; used to benefit the local community through a range of initiatives such as the Workspace Community Fund.

L-R Adele McIvor, Laurence O’Kane and Sam McCloskey, The Workspace Group

Laurence O’Kane, Chairman, advises “This is a tremendous milestone for us. Through the Workspace Community Fund we are enabling other community organisations in the area to have a positive impact on our community. We are committed to seeing our community flourish and are willing to do whatever is needed to make that happen.”

Since Workspace was set up in 1985 to stimulate economic regeneration in the Draperstown area we have invested almost two and a half million pounds directly into the area including the construction of industrial and office units for local businesses, social housing units and a state of the art recreation centre as well as the refurbishment of a number of derelict properties in the town. We provide local services such as after school facilities for school children and free space for community groups as well as distributing carbon monoxide detectors for the elderly and take responsibility for installing the Christmas lighting in the town centre.

Workspace remains an integral part of Draperstown working with the community to ensure that local needs are met and its continued investment helps ensure that the area is thriving.