Grants reminder is issued

Lagan Valley Alliance Party is reminding people locally that the ‘Maximising Access to Services, Grants and Benefits in Rural Areas’ (MARA) project is ending in June this year.

Downshire West representative, Owen Gawith said, “I have used a similar scheme myself and can vouch for it. For example, a partial grant towards replacing a boiler can be hugely beneficial in the current economic climate.

“The project works through trained enablers, who carry out home visits and can provide assistance including rural community transport, benefit entitlement and home safety checks.

“They can also assist with access to boiler replacement and energy efficiency grants”.

The local scheme covers Glenavy, Maghaberry, Moira, Ballinderry, Ballymacbrennan, Hillsborough, Maze, Drumbo and Dromara.

Downshire East representative, Aaron McIntyre concluded, “I would encourage everyone in the MARA project area to avail of the services offered.”

For more information on MARA or to arrange a home visit anyone interested can phone 028 38398888, or they can contact the local Lagan Valley Alliance office on 028 92671177.