There is an island is just over the water from the Asda Coleraine store and at the end of 2010 the only store on the island closed – so the residents came together to open a community store. They purchase most of the items from Spar, Asda Coleraine and the local butchers and then sell them on to the residents at minimum cost. This is a lifeline for many of the locals as they can’t afford to pay ferry fees on a weekly basis. The donation of £20,000 from the Asda Foundation will pay for them to re-locate to a larger more central store.
The Home Start Centre in Newtownards helps many families in need of basic support and advice. They have just moved to new premises – which is in a better location to support families in need and also to keep their cost low. The Asda Foundation donated £8,462 to pay for some internal work to the building so they can re-open.
Fishing is a big part of life in Northern Ireland and in the past there have been various accidents due to the fishermen not having the proper health and safety equipment.
They have now got funding to provide 710 fishermen with proper flotation devices but they were short of £7,100 – this is what the Asda Foundation money will pay for.
This is a centre which provides much needed counselling services for people with low self-esteem, childhood trauma and also people affected by the troubles. It also offers a befriending service and a range of complimentary services including yoga, reflexology and massage. They have over 700 users per week. The £8,000 will provide much needed repairs to the reception and waiting area
This is a health care centre in the heart of Larne. The outpatients have no outside therapy because they do not have the facilities. As it is in the centre of Larne it will be accessible to the local community and all are welcome – so it will not just benefit the people who attend the centre.
In March 2012 the centre had a break in and had lots of damage so the store fundraised with the help of the local community to help replace/repair the inside of the Health Centre. They raised £14,864. Now they can have a lovely outside area which will help in the treatment of many of their patients.