Carrickfergus-based Belfast Lough Sailability has highlighted the importance of community funding in supporting its work.
Representatives of the charity attended a celebration of 25 years of grant-making partnership by BT, the Communication Workers’ Union and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, which has distributed over £1 million to grassroots organisations.
Anne Taylor, chair of Belfast Lough Sailability, said: “We would like to thank the Telecommunity Fund for our grant which enabled us to provide high level specialised training for our instructors.
“In fact, BLS was able to train four qualified keelboat instructors and two keelboat senior instructors.
“This funding has made a terrific difference to our training programme and has had a very positive impact on all involved.
The Telecommunity Fund provides financial support for small, locally-based projects for teenagers, older people and people with a disability.
At the event in Belfast, a new information leaflet was launched and five special grants worth £5,000 each announced.
Andrew McCracken, CEO, CFNI, said: “The fund has provided invaluable support across a wide range of areas including community education, communication and leadership skills training, creativity and self-expression through the arts and numerous local initiatives to improve community resources and facilities. ”