On Wednesday 22nd November the Ely Centre were delighted to receive the welcome news from HM Treasury of their funding bid submitted in the summer for Libor Funding had been successful. The programme will enable the recruitment of 4 full time staff members and will assist in the development and implementation of projects aimed at providing care and support for Injured RUC officers and their families. The project will be coordinated through the Ely Centre in Co Fermanagh with additional satellite offices throughout the target areas.
The project will initially be a three year programme working with partner groups from within the Police Family and the Community and Voluntary Sector throughout Co Fermanagh, Tyrone & Armagh.
The project aims to address issues of declining psychological and physical health, social isolation and transgenerational trauma, services we anticipate delivering include evidenced based mental health and pain management services, family support services and the visionary idea of the creation of a Health and Well Being Retreat.
Ely Centre Director Lee McDowell stated that “We would like to thank all those who have contributed to this successful outcome of this project, from the injured officers and their families who guided the thematic development of this project to our local political representatives who lobbied for project support. We are committed to ensuring that this project will provide the opportunities necessary to greatly target and improve the lives of those within the RUC Family who still suffer as a result of their service to the country”
Libor Funds are scheduled for release in April 2018, over the coming months the Ely Centre will formally establish the project board and undertake recruitment and initial project set up.
The Ely Centre is a Registered Charity specialising in the provision of multi-disciplinary support services for civilians, security force personnel and their families, who have experienced bereavement and injury as a result of the “Troubles in Counties Fermanagh, Tyrone and Armagh.