Social Investment Fund: Opportunities for local voluntary, community and business sectors
The Social Investment Fund has been set up by the Northern Ireland Executive to deliver social change. The aim of the fund is to make life better for people living in targeted areas by reducing poverty, unemployment and physical deterioration.
The fund will run until 2015 and has been allocated a total of £80 million across the North of Ireland. Local voluntary, community and business sector communities are encouraged to attend a number of Information Sessions to learn more about the Social Investment Fund.
The Social Investment Fund is being delivered across 9 social investment zones. Each zone has a Steering Group with up to 14 members from the business, political, statutory, voluntary and community sectors.
The Newry and Mourne District is placed within the Southern zone along with the Council areas of Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon and Dungannon.
The fund aims to support communities to build pathways to employment, tackle issues linked to deprivation such as poor health and crime, increase access to community services and address dereliction.
The Northern Ireland Executive has established a range of criteria to designate eligible areas. These include areas within the top 10% of the most deprived super output areas on the multiple deprivation measure 2010.
It also includes areas within the top 20% of the most deprived super output areas on the key means of income, education and health and areas which can provide independently verified and robust evidence of objective need linked to the strategic objectives of the Social Investment Fund.
A series of community consultation events are being organised by the Southern Zone. Representatives from the voluntary, community, and business sectors are encouraged to attend.
The following consultation events are scheduled within the Newry and Mourne District Council area:
* Community Consultation Workshop at Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Bank Parade, Newry, on Thursday 22nd November 2012 at 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.
* Business and Enterprise Breakfast, Southern Regional College, Newry Campus, Patrick Street, Newry, on Monday 19 November 8.00 a.m. – 9.00 a.m.
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