Newry video company recognised at Stormont

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Business, Community
The work of a Newry-based video company has been displayed at a special reception at Stormont organised by the Lloyd’s Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland.

Attending the event were (left to right): Ryan O’Rourke, Marianne Kearns, Simon Black and Amy Lowry from Slack Press and Jim McCooe, the Lloyds Banking Group Ambassador for Northern Ireland

Ryan O’Rourke, Marianne Kearns, Simon Black and Amy Lowry from Slack Press were in Parliament Buildings to show their video of the Advance Programme, which received the Foundation’s largest ever grant of £296,000 to help 40 young NEETS (not in employment, education or training). During the video it was revealed that 80% of the young people involved in the programme remain in employment. Among those involved in the Advance Programme was Marianne Kearns who now has a full-time post with Slack Press. The Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland celebrated the work of more than 500 organisations which have touched the lives of thousands of disadvantaged people. Representatives from many of these groups visited Parliament Buildings at Stormont for a special event to recognise and celebrate their work. Through its eight grant programmes over the last year, the Foundation released funding of £1.635 million to 527 charities and community and voluntary groups from every corner of Northern Ireland. Sandara Kelso-Robb, Executive Director of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland, paid tribute to the incredible work carried out by all of the community-based organisations. “The well-publicised cuts in public sector spending mean that our work is more important than ever. Through these grants programmes we provide significant support for the most vulnerable in society making a huge difference in communities throughout Northern Ireland. “It is a privilege to work with many thousands of people in a large number of organisations who are at the forefront of delivering positive change,” she said. She was speaking at a special reception in the Long Gallery in Parliament Buildings where MLAs and members of the Foundation and Lloyds Banking Group joined representatives from groups across Northern Ireland to recognise and celebrate their achievements. The event was sponsored for the fourth year running by the Department for Social Development. Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, said: “I would like to congratulate the Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland for another year of outstanding support to grassroots charities across Northern Ireland. “These charities champion some of the most worthy causes in our society and through the funding they receive from the Foundation they provide essential support to some of the most deprived in our communities. He added, “I am pleased to give my continued support to the Foundation and it is my hope that they continue their sterling work for the benefit of charitable organisations in Northern Ireland.”
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