Final Call For Community Groups To Apply For Lidl Community Works 2016

Chef and Lidl ambassador Ian Orr joined the Lidl Community Works Crew in Cookstown

Lidl Community Works is in the final stage in the search to find community groups who need support, and chef and Lidl ambassador Ian Orr is calling on all clubs and projects to submit their entries by 8pm on Friday 13 May 2016.

Lidl Northern Ireland launched its Community Works campaign again this year to find community groups across Northern Ireland who are in need of funds and a helping hand; but this year features an exciting foodie theme for 33 winners.

To mark 2016 being the Northern Ireland Year of Food & Drink and to celebrate the wide range of excellent local producers Lidl works with, Ian Orr will visit each of the 33 winning groups to take part in a cooking element to help raise funds. So whether it’s to host a special community lunch, provide a summer BBQ or take part in a Bake Off extravaganza, Lidl wants hear your ideas to see how they can help.

Chef and Lidl ambassador Ian Orr

Chef and Lidl ambassador Ian Orr

Ian Orr, ambassador for Lidl Community Works said, “The Year of Food and Drink has gained great momentum since it launched earlier this year and it’s fantastic to be involved with Lidl to contribute to its success while also giving community groups a helping hand. We’re very proud of our excellent local produce and food occasions often bring people together, so we’re placing food and communities at the heart of this campaign and I’m excited to see how it will unfold.”

Now in its third year, Lidl Community Works has already reached out to more than 600 community groups across the province, investing thousands of pounds to date.

Conor Boyle, Regional Director at Lidl Northern Ireland said that supporting local communities is central to Lidl’s commitment to Northern Ireland. “We have 38 stores across the province and we are dedicated to helping support those local areas whether it’s by providing jobs, working with local suppliers or investing in clubs and projects. We want to give back to everyone who has supported us faithfully since we opened our first store in Cookstown almost 20 years ago.”

As well as selecting the 33 winning groups, the Community Crew will also be out on the road popping up at events, visiting runner-up groups and in your local Lidl store with surprise treats and goodies.

Customers across the province are being invited to nominate groups in their local area that could benefit from Lidl’s support by downloading a nomination form from or calling into a local Lidl Store to pick up a copy. Entries must be posted in the Community Works Nomination Box in all stores by 8pm on Friday 13 May.

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