Pupils help Minister and Mayor to open Charity Commission office

15 March 2012

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The new office of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has been officially opened by Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland and the Mayor of Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Alan Carson - along with a little help from pupils from a local primary school.

The Charity Commission, the new independent regulator of Northern Ireland charities, has had Lurgan as its home since the end of last year. Class seven pupils from neighbouring Rowandale Integrated Primary presented a project on charities as part of the official opening, gaining great praise from the Mayor and Minister Nelson McCausland in doing so.

Minister McCausland commented:

"The pupils did brilliantly in helping us to open the Commission’s offices officially today and I thank them. Their presentation touched upon and acknowledged some of the important work that charities do here in Northern Ireland.

"The Commission does important work also. Their new permanent location will help strengthen their role as the new regulator, leading to a more dynamic and well-governed charity sector"

Tom McGrath, Chief Charity Commissioner was equally pleased with the official opening,

"Having new, permanent premises marks a new chapter for the Charity Commission. We will continue to forge ahead with our work in preparing for charity registration as well as working alongside charities to increase public trust and confidence in their activities. This morning’s event gave us a welcome opportunity to meet with local charities and discuss their concerns and ideas."

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Notes to editors:

  1. The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is the new independent regulator established under the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008. For more information see www.charitycommissionni.org.uk

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