The Honourable
The Irish Society

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Derganagh Training and Development Association (DTDA), Magherafelt

Based in the village of Knockloughrim, near Magherafelt, DTDA is a voluntary rural community group offering education and vocational training to local people; improving citizenship; and encouraging community regeneration and development.  The Association usually organises and hosts a range of events and activities open to the entire community, using the local Orange Hall as a ‘community hub’.  And, more recently, has played an integral part in addressing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns.  In an effort to continue providing a location from where a wide range of community-based social, development and economic renewal activities can be delivered, the Association sought funding towards new kitchen equipment – including a double oven electric cooker, fridge and hot food chafing dishes.  The Committee agreed that the DTDA undertook good work in the village and awarded a Drapers’ Company grant of £1,000 so that they could get their premises ship shape for re-opening as soon as conditions allowed.  We later heard from DTDA that their ‘upgrading’ project “has transformed the kitchen area and greatly enhanced the ability of the Association to provide for existing and larger groups attending events.  Moreover, the new equipment ensures that all food provided on the premises is prepared to the correct Health & Safety and Food Hygiene standards”.  We also learned that these significant improvements have been highlighted and complimented on by members of the community.