Local children show how funding has been used

Members of the Giant's Causeway meet a Dunluce School pupil

This week, a local primary school invited us in to see how it is putting money from the site to good use.

Local children at Dunluce school in Bushmills are benefiting from valuable funding from the National Trust at the Giant’s Causeway.

Pupils at Dunluce School are enjoying new facilities and equipment, following a community partnership between the school and the Giant's Causeway.

For use of their carpark during holiday periods, Dunluce School has received £10,000 from the National Trust.

The school has used the funding to refurbish a room into a drama studio and build a nurturing room for first year students, as well as purchase new equipment such as electric drum-kits, key boards and 25 new laptops. The funding has been a fantastic boost for the school, amidst cuts to education funding in Northern Ireland.

Esther Dobbin, Commercial Operations Manager, National Trust Northern Ireland commented: ‘We have strong ties with the local community and the Giant’s Causeway is a part of the lives of the local people here.

'The National Trust is committed to providing a tourism offering that benefits the community and is sustainable and responsible. We are delighted to continue our partnership with Dunluce School, whose pupils and staff are also involved in our volunteering programme and help us protect the special places and outside spaces that make this region so attractive to visitors.

'It is fantastic to see funding from the site making a difference to local schoolchildren.’

Commenting on the Community Partnership, Philip Smyth, Principal of Dunluce School, said: “In the current financial climate, the partnership between the school and the National Trust is mutually beneficially to both parties. 

'Most importantly, the finance generated is spent locally to benefit children from the North Coast area.

'We have been able to roll out projects that would otherwise not have been possible and we are grateful to the Trust for the continued links.'

Through this partnership, the school has opened its carpark to those visiting the Giant’s Causeway during peak season, supporting the existing park and ride system.

Members of the Giant's Causeway team and National Trust Regional Director, Heather McLachlan are pictured at Dunluce School with staff and pupils and some of the equipment purchased with funding from the site
Members of the National Trust at Dunluce School with musical equipment

The National Trust has agreed to continue their partnership into 2018, providing a short-term solution to car parking at the world- renowned tourist attraction.

Members of the Giant's Causeway team were delighted to see first-hand the benefits of the funding and look forward to a further year of community partnership.