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Tak£500+ is a Participatory Budgeting initiative which basically means that local people get to decide how public funds are used to address needs in their area.

The application process is now closed and we are delighted to have received over 120 applications!

Communities from right across every corner of the borough have put forward ideas they think will have a positive impact on their area – and are in the running to receive up to £1000 to fund their project!

So what happens now?


There are three exciting Market Stall events taking place, where each applicant will showcase their idea and how it can benefit their community. All you (the public) have to do, is come along to an event, have a look at all the different ideas and vote for your favourites!

These events will be a fun day for all the family to enjoy, with lots of great activities for the children, spot prizes, and teas and coffees on hand while you check out all of the amazing community ideas!

The events will take place as follows:

  • Saturday 14th January 2023 10.30am – 3.30pm: Armagh City Hotel
  • Saturday 21st January2023 10.30am – 3.30pm: Banbridge Leisure Centre
  • Saturday 28th January 2023 10.30am – 3.30pm: Craigavon Civic Centre


All ideas must be based around the ‘Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing’. These are five simple steps to help maintain and improve your wellbeing on a daily basis, as detailed below:



With the people around you, family, friends, colleagues and neighbours and spend time developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

Be Active


Go for a walk or run, cycle, play a game, garden or dance – even a short 10-minute walk can improve mental alertness and wellbeing.

Take Notice


Of the world around you, how you are feeling, what matters to you and reflect on your experiences.

Keep Learning


Don’t be afraid to try something new, rediscover an old hobby or sign up for a course. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun.



Do something nice for a friend or stranger, thank someone, smile, volunteer your time or consider joining a community group.

Thousands of people arrived at Armagh City Hotel last weekend for the first Tak£500+ Market Stall event! 38 community organisations were showing off their incredible project ideas and how they could benefit their local area, in the hope of receiving enough votes to secure up to £1000 funding! The day was hugely successful with over 2000 votes cast in total!

Another fantastic event took place in Banbridge Leisure Centre last weekend for the Tak£500+ project! Over 500 votes were cast and the support for the different community organisations was fantastic!


If you have any questions about applying for funding, would like more information or some help with your application, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by contacting a member of the PB working Group.

Vicki Titterington Linking Generations  
Tracey Powell SHSCT 028 37564495
Chris Leech Craigavon Area Foodbank 07866605027
Stephen Fields West Armagh Consortium 07759949314
Derek Browne Business Partnership Alliance 07968343325
Michelle Hazlett NIHE 07771837356
Lynette Cooke ABC Council 07721109759
Annette Blaney ABC Council 07721 109762
Edel Cunningham Volunteer Now 07850851821
Clive Bowles Portadown Rugby Football Club 02838330295/ 07709166333
Simon Sloan DfC 07760858088
Elaine Devlin ABC Council 07771794988
Sophie Lester ABC Council 07583019887
Laura O’Hagan ABC Council  078 5605 7091
Cathy Devlin ABC Council 07796266194
Frances Haughey ABC Council 07500772905
Stephanie Rock ABC Council 07825010630
Mark Doran ABC Council 07502363534
Austin Kelly Clanmil Housing 028 9087 6000/ 07711386882
Marion Graham Triangle Housing 028 27666886 / 07525234417
Gerardette McVeigh SHSCT 02837563949
John Beattie Triangle Housing 07715177221
Jennie Dunlop ABC Council 07795257261
Joan Noade ABC Council 028 38311684 EXT 61546 / 07515607472
Noreen O’Callaghan ABC Council 028 4066 0600



Cost of Living Support

In these increasingly difficult times, Council are committed to supporting local communities through these uncertain and challenging times. See link to the key contacts and range of support that is available https://www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/costofliving

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