A £556,000 refurbishment of the Beibhinn House women’s centre at Guildhall Square and the Little Acorns community pre-school at Coshquin were officially opened on Thursday 21 June.

Both projects were supported by funding from the Department for Social Development and the EU Special Support Programme for Peace and Reconciliation.

The refurbished Beibhinn House now boasts crèche facilities, café, administration rooms, conference and IT rooms, training facilities and a roof garden.

Declan O’Hare, Director of the Londonderry Development Office who attended the opening ceremony at Beibhinn House said: “I am delighted my Department and the Londonderry Development Office, in partnership with the EU Support Programme for Peace and Reconciliation has been able to provide the financial support for such a worthwhile project.”

Jack O’Connor, from the Special EU Programmes Body, added: “We are very pleased to see the good use to which EU resources are being put on these two projects in Derry.”

On Thursday afternoon, Mr O’Hare, officially opened the Little Acorns Pre-School at Coshquin. The pre-school was developed with a £94,000 funding package provided by the Department for Social Development and the EU Special Programme for Peace and Reconciliation. The scheme provides main activity room, office, parking, play park, stores, kitchen and toilet facilities.

Mr O’Hare congratulated the Committee and the Project Manager, Avril Sweeney, on their imagination and enthusiasm in bringing forward this project, which will benefit the community as a whole. (AMcE)

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