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Video company in the spotlight

Newry based video company Slack Press have had their work displayed at a special reception at Stormont organsied by the Lloyd’s Bank Foundation fir Northern Ireland. Ryan O’Rourke, Marianne Kearns, Simon Black and Amy Lowry showcased their video of the Advance Programme which received the Foundation’s largest ever grant of £296k to help 40 young NEETS (not in employment education or training). During the video it was revealed that 80 per cent of the young people involved remain in employment. Among those involved in the Advance Programme was Marianne Kearns who now has a full time post with Slack Press. The Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland celebrated the work of more than 500 organisations which have touched the lives of thousands of disadvantaged people. Representatives from many of these groups visited Parliament Buildings at Stormont for a special event to recognize and celebrate their work. Through its 8 grant programmes over the last year the Foundation released funding of £1.635mto 527 charities and community groups and voluntary groups from every corner of Northern Ireland. Sandra Kelso-Robb Executive Director of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland paid tribute to the incredible work carried out by all of the community based organisations. “The well publicized cuts in public sector spending mean that our work is more important than ever. Through these grants programmes we provide significant support for the most vulnerable in society making a huge difference in communities throughout Northern Ireland. It is a privilege to work with many thousands of people in a large number of organisations who are at the forefront of delivering positive change,” she said.


Newry Democrat

23rd September 2014