Ballinasloe Social Services received a grant of €80,000 as part of a new Community Centre’s Fund founded by Minister Heather Humphreys T.D. ; a key focus in government strategy to invest in community centres and halls across Galway.
The Social Services hope to use this funding to install new solar panels, windows and doors, an electrical system, a stove, and an upgrade to their meeting rooms. These improvements will be installed on the premises within the old building and the new extension constructed in 1986.
This exchequer funding will aid the 50 year old organisation to reduce heavy utility costs, allowing them to invest in services which aid the elderly and vulnerable.
As the organisation only receives partial grant funding by the government, this new allocation will also benefit the ongoing costs for running the services. Additionally, the team hope to upgrade the pre-school garden on the premises, having received a grant of €30,324 from the Late Late Toy Appeal in 2021 to improve the quality and safety of the play area.
Ballinasloe Social Services are a group dedicated to improve the lives of the elderly, physically disabled and people in need within our town and hinterland. The organization recently celebrated their 50th anniversary and hopes to continue supplying resources to aid their clients.
Volunteers assisting with the charity provide many of the services including regular day care, food deliveries through Meals on Wheels, and assistance for kids via the childcare facility. There has been an increased demand for aid within the town, with many people requiring social needs due to the isolation caused by the pandemic.
The group continues their ongoing fundraising with monthly raffles where participants can enter a draw to win amounts of €100. Critically, the organization received support from the Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre with a Christmas Jumper Appeal which raised €400 for Ballinasloe Social Services . Furthermore, the social service can be supported by their donation page at www.ballinasloesocialservices.ie.
Director of Services Teresa Coughlan is very appreciative of the aid provided to the group by our town: “Without the people of Ballinasloe, we wouldn’t be here today. They have given so much to us over the years in the form of financial assistance with fundraising and donations, as well as with volunteers”.
If you are interest in the services the organization provides or if you would like to join their membership scheme, the group can be contacted at (090) 964 3217.
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