Robin Swann met today with two groups in Larne who have been awarded funding totalling £107,000 through the Support for Carers Fund.

During his visit to the Mae Murray Foundation premises the Health Minister heard first hand from representatives of the Foundation and also from Action for Children who outlined how they had utilised the funding they had received.

The Mae Murray Foundation, which received £40,000 was set up to allow people of all ages and abilities to take part in activities and enjoy friendship together in an inclusive environment.

The Action for Children received £67,000 from the Fund to assist with their work across Northern Ireland to protect and support and young people by providing practical support and emotional care.

Minster Swann said: – “I am delighted to have been here today to hear and see first-hand of some of the invaluable work that has been supported by the Support for Carers Fund.

“It also provides me with an opportunity to pay tribute to the many thousands of people in Northern Ireland who help to look after a family member or friend without financial reward.

“The Support for Carers Fund, which was set up last year, is designed to support projects delivering on the ground to make a real difference to individual carers. I have therefore been delighted to hear about some of the practical supports that the Fund is allowing through these awards.

“It is my hope that projects such as the ones I’ve heard about today will help to bring about a sustained improvement in the lives and experiences of individual carers.”