Newry Street residents enjoy egg-cellent Easter

A man and woman hold Easter eggs while posing with the Easter bunny
Eggstatic: The Easter bunny is joined by Graham Mills from Newry Street Unite, Kilkeel and Rebecca Smyth, South Down Good Relations Officer for the Housing Executive to launch a virtual Easter celebration that has been funded by the Housing Executive. Newry Street Unite were Egg-static at the grant funding which will allow them to keep local morale high during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Residents in the Newry Street area of Kilkeel are set to enjoy an egg-cellent Easter, thanks to recent Community Grant funding from the Housing Executive.

Newry Street Unite has been allocated funding of £1,120 to host a range of virtual Easter events for local people.

Providing services for residents in the area, Newry Street Unite have a packed schedule this Easter, which includes flower arranging, a visit from the Easter Bunny, a treasure hunt, craft activities and a family quiz.  

Ann Fitzpatrick, Community Development Worker for Newry Street Unite thanked the Housing Executive for the recent funding.

She said: “We are very pleased to receive funding from the Housing Executive in support of our Easter Spring activity programme. 

“This funding will facilitate a virtual Easter Egg Hunt, a visit from the Easter Bunny and a remote workshop to create beautiful Easter floral arrangements.  

“All these small activities go a long way in helping to keep the community connected in this very difficult time of Covid-19.”

Newry Street Unite has continued to link and connect with the community virtually during Covid-19 and identify the importance of this for residents’ health and well-being. 

Liam Gunn, South Down Area Manager for the Housing Executive, welcomed the recent funding allocation. 

He said: “Funding from our Community Grant Scheme is a great opportunity to help support a range of initiatives that promote health and well-being and bring people together, even in a virtual capacity, at grassroots level.

“I am delighted this recent funding will allow residents to have an exciting Easter, with a number of different activities organised by Newry Street Unite.”

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