Causeway Older Active Strategic Team (COAST)

Causeway Older Active Strategic Team (COAST) is Northern Ireland's first regional older people's network, for the Causeway Coast and Glens.COAST is an interagency partnership which aims to improve the health and well-being of those aged 60 and over by ensuring the voice of older people is heard, promoting sharing of resources and strategic collaborative working across the Causeway Coast and Glens area.

COAST is now in the fourth year of a Big Lottery funded Reaching Out: Connecting Older People’s project and through this project we deliver a range of services including Good Morning Causeway, Good Morning Ballycastle, lunch clubs, social activities, networking events, best practice visits, older people’s forums and our handyman service!

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The Reaching Out: Connecting Older People delivery partners are: Building Communities Resource Centre (BCRC), West Bann Development, Ballycastle Church Action, Be Safe Be Well, Age NI and North Coast Community Transport

If you would like to know more about what we do or for someone from COAST to come along to your group please get in touch on 02827665068 or

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COMIC RELIEF CORE STRENGTH LOCAL COMMUNITIES Grants Available: £1000-£5000 Deadline: Friday 30th March at 1pm This 12 month programme is responding to the growing need of small locally led groups to cover their day to day costs. The aim is to provide funding for groups’ core costs - meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs. The work and main focus of your organisation should fit one of the Comic Relief priorities. This means the majority of your work fits under one of the following priorities: 1. Connected Communities 2. Productive Communities 3. Empowered Communities Each organisation will be able to choose one outcome to report against, from the following: 1. Connected communities: seeking to improve inclusion and cohesion in communities 2. Productive communities: investing in local residents to help them solve the issues they are facing using local people and resources 3. Empowered communities: working to empower marginalised and disadvantaged communities. Priority will be given to small, locally based and local run groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions as a means of addressing these needs. Depending on the quality and volume of applications received priority will be given to: -Those that are new to Comic Relief and/or Community Foundation funding - Those in areas of high deprivation - Those in geographically underfunded areas - Those with lived experience, where people directly affected by the issues are involved in all levels of the organisation - Those with innovative approaches, to respond to clearly defined need -Those demonstrating effective practice, with evidence that the methodology being used will be successful Who Can Apply? You must be a locally led and based organisation. This means you are based within the area you are carrying out activities and have local people involved in the running of the organisation. As such they accept applications from the voluntary and community sector including: -Constituted Voluntary and community groups -Charities -Social Enterprises -Co-operatives -Community Interest Companies Your organisation will need to have been running activities for a minimum of 12 months. Your annual income must be £100,000 or under for your last full financial year. You will need to provide your accounts to prove this. To find out more, click the link below

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