Westmeath is the third Leinster county to feature as we focus on local causes and organisations in Leinster that benefitted from the Bank of Ireland 2020 Begin Together Community Fund.

Last year saw communities across the country come together like never before, and Bank of Ireland played a small part by supporting local projects that promote financial, physical and mental wellbeing.

In total 116 projects received grants from Bank of Ireland with 42 of those projects located across the 12 counties of Leinster.

New Horizon Athlone

In Westmeath, an organisation called New Horizon received a grant.

The purpose of New Horizon is to provide social supports to asylum seekers and refugees living at the Accommodation Centre in Athlone, Co. Westmeath and to support their integration into Irish society.

The Begin Together funding will enable the expansion of the ‘swim and gym’ programme to the 80 people living at the Temple Accommodation Centre, in Horesleap. The programme will consist of individualised training programmes, along with a subsidised gym and pool membership, so that the residents can successfully complete the training programme.

New Horizon Athlone

Bank of Ireland’s Begin Together Community Fund will reopen for applications in the spring and works alongside Begin Together Arts Fund, and Begin Together Fund for Colleagues, as part of a multi-year commitment to support communities and local charities.

To find out more information about New Horizon, visit their website or follow them on Twitter @NAthlone.

Find out more about the ways Bank of Ireland supports communities at bankofireland.com/begintogether.