NEW SELF CATERING UNITS FOR CROSSFIRE TRUST
24 November 2009
Work has just got underway on the construction of two new units providing twelve additional bed spaces at Crossfire Trust, Darkley. The units will be used to house, in particular, those at risk and vulnerable in society and those marginalised by the conflict.
Ian Bothwell the Director of Crossfire Trust said “Our partnership with International Fund for Ireland has been an inspiration to us, and their generosity has empowered us to embark on this exciting new development. We appreciate also appreciate the continued public support, which has generated £16,000.00 towards this safe place for all.”
The new accommodation is part of a phased approach to Crossfire Trust’s overall project which has received financial assistance of £325,459.00 from the International Fund for Ireland.
Crossfire Trust is a charitable trust operating on a cross-community and cross- border basis within the South Armagh area. The Trust was founded in 1978 in response to televised issues of violence and cross-community tension in Crossmaglen. The charity operates from an established base, Darkley House, which is recognised as being an environment of mutual respect, hope and support for all sections of the community.
David Graham OBE, Board Member of the International Fund for Ireland said: “We are delighted to be able to provide funding for this project which will support those who are at risk in society. The International Fund for Ireland’s Community Based Economic & Social Regeneration Programme addresses the root causes of deprivation and unemployment, using common economic concerns in the most deprived rural and urban communities as a platform for future cross-community activities. This project will enable Crossfire Trust to expand upon its vital work by providing a safe place to undertake all of its core activities.
Ian Bothwell, Director of Crossfire Trust said: “This is an exciting time for us and without the financial support from the International Fund for Ireland this project would not have happened. We are delighted that the Fund sees this project as worthwhile and recongises the considerable progress we have made to date. This project will provide a menu of opportunities for people to mix and interact, with the aim of achieving greater understanding of, and mutual respect for, people from different religions, cultures and backgrounds. The menu of support is designed to build confidence and promote opportunities for integration, active participation and communication. We look forward to the completion of the self catering units which will be built by Lir Construction, Keady. The new units will allow us to offer safe accommodation for those in society who need support when in crisis. All enquiries can be made at Darkley House on 028 37531636 www.crossfiretrust.net