Project information

Raising the Roof

Our aim is to develop a vibrant and creative space in a currently redundant area of our community building by raising the roof. This creates a dynamic space which will form part of a space we want to develop for providing day opportunities for people with disabilities and local young people.

March 2016 - August 2016

Charity information: Galbally Youth & Community Association

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  • Need


    We have a great community facility but it lacks a dedicated space for young people. We want to develop a space which young people can call 'home', a place which reflects their needs and a creative space which inspires young people to learn, develop and grow. We are also working with a number of different agencies in exploring the potential of our building in becoming a rural hub in providing day opportunities for people with disabilities.


    The space we will create is currently under used, has no natural lighting and is generally unfit for purpose. We have already planning in place to raise the roof in this part of the building and in doing so create a dynamic, open plan and creative youth space. We believe this will house a training area, space for young people to relax and a space for games based activities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To develop a physical space in Galbally Community Centre which creates a hub for local young people


    » Provide a space which caters for our new youth club, catering for between 90- 120 young people people per week
    » To provide a space in which a programme of activities can be put in place to support the personal and social development of young people

    What success will look like

    A creative and dedicated space for local young people is created which reflects their needs and interests.

    Aim 2

    To create a space which is capable of providing day opportunities for people with disabilities


    » To work with statutory and other community and voluntary organisations in creating a rural hub for people with disabilities aged 18-25 in particular.
    » To provide a programme of activities which meets the needs of people with disabilities in terms of training and personal development opportunities.

    What success will look like

    To strengthen our position in creating a space which can meet the needs of day provision/day opportunities for people with disabilities and in doing so support their families.

  • Impact


    This will build upon our aim to create a Rural Centre of Excellence and extend the provision for young people in our community and beyond. It will be a fantastic open plan space which can inspire young people for generations to come. It builds upon our existing centre and is a real catalyst in supporting young people in terms of their personal and social development. Its a space which will be shaped by young people for young people and creates a positive lasting legacy.


    This is a technically challenging job which involves structural changes to our roof and pitch. We do have planning, but we also engaged an engineer to flesh out the structural issues and provide comfort on the proposed approach. Our architect is also agreeing the plans with building control so that there are no issues on that front. We feel this is all prudent in terms of the job being undertaken and prevents any unwanted surprises.


    We will write to donors on commencement of the project, at the midway point and then invite them to an open day on completion.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £130,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Professional Fees Fees for full plans to be developed and to manage the job and engineer to undertake loading calcul
      £120,000 Capital Build Costs Based on initial QS estimate for construction works
  • Background


    This project will take place at Galbally Community Centre, 36 Lurgylea Rd, Galbally, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, BT70 2NX


    We live in a remote rural area with a population of approximately 800-900 people. We have a proud tradition of self help in an area that has suffered disproportionally as a result of the conflict. We are in the top 20% most deprived rural wards in Northern Ireland. In terms of access to services we are in the top 3% most deprived. Local people built the centre through a massive 15 year fundraising campaign and it opened in 1995. To this day it acts as an important hub for local people.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity is the reason we built a centre on aa green field site in 1995. We started a huge local fundraising campaign which raised over £1m over 15 years to repay the loans. Some of our Trustees have given 20 years of service and commitment to the organisation. Our members are all from the local community and are highly respected by everyone. We are a very credible organsiation that continues to tackle issues of poverty and disadvantage within the local community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Fergal O'Donnell

    Fergal was a Trustee for 6-7 years but in July 2014 took on the role of a part time community development coordinator. He will lead the project team.

    Martin Rafferty

    Our Chairman, who will form part of the sub committee to take forward this project

    Noel Mc Geary

    Our secreatary, Noel will coordinate all communication with contractors on the job.

    Michael O Hagan

    Our treasure, he will form part of our sub committee and oversee all expenditure.