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Wednesday 1 October 2014

New premises for our Youth Services

FERGAL MADDOCK

Published 27/11/2012 | 10:30

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THE SWORDS Youth Service which provides support to young people all over the Fingal area has moved to a new premises.

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The organisation, a joint project of Catholic Youth Care and Co Dublin VEC, is now based at 17 Main Street. Forster's Way rere, behind the Star pub and opposite the senior citizens centre. The service, which seeks to provide opportunities for young people in and out of school, is based in a newly furnished youth friendly building. Swords Youth Service provides support, information and guidance for young people, as well as providing training programmes for youth leaders and young people. It also supports youth clubs and summer projects and provides activities for youth people at every level in the community. The office is open 10am to 5.30pm on weekdays. The drop-in centre is open from 1pm to 2pm for all ages, while on Tuesdays it is open from 6.30pm to 8pm for 10 to 14 year olds and from 8.30pm to 10pm for 14 to 17 year olds. The Friday Youth Cafe is open from 7pm to 11pm for 14 to 17 year olds.. 'All the staff are excited to be in this new building and are looking forward to working directly with all the young people they are involved with our service,' said Melissa Monks from the service. The staff members are Michael Daly, Melissa Monks, Mary Rourock, Ger Roberston, Allyson Lambert, Shona Whelan, Aishling Farrely, Paul Connaughton, Marc Balbirnie, John Darcy, Emma Shanahan, Robbie Burke, Sabrina Byrne, Linda Tucker, Dervla Finnegan, Lisa Colgan and Patricia Gallagher. 'We would like to thank all our volunteers for their hard work and dedication over the last year. We wish everyone connected to the Youth Service, our fellow colleagues and volunteers and all the young people a lovely and wonderful New Year.' Meanwhile, Christopher Barker organised a fundraiser in aid of youth mental health in Swords in the Star pub, raising a whopping €1,500. As part of the fundraiser Thomas McDonagh and Stephen Barker did a parachute jump.

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