THE British Council of Churches Fund for Northern Ireland has collected more than £8,000 for community work and projects of reconciliation since it was launched last November,
The first meeting of the appeal committee made grants totalling f5,090 to 14 projects in Ulster, including a community education project in Sandy Row, Belfast, to provide a woodwork workshop for the local community, and St Theresa's Youth Club, Belfast, to buy a mini-bus to facilitate contacts with other groups.
Archbishop Dwyer of Birmingham is the patron of the fund, which is administered by the Rev Michael Hubbard, the BCC's honorary secretary for Ireland.
Grants of £500 have also been made to the Harmony Community Trust in Co Down to help in their work of providing summer holidays for children from troubled areas. and to the Belfast Centre for Neighbourhood Development,