Monday 16 September 2019

Funding for local youth services

Simon Bourke

Services which provide activities and information for young people in Bray have received funding to support the running of their centres.

Bray Youth Service and Connect Bray Neighbourhood Youth Project were awarded €14,259 and €13,679 respectively, money which will enable them to purchase new equipment and upgrade their premises.

Reacting to the announcement, Yvonne Murray of Connect Bray NYP said, 'The money we received will go into providing new equipment and facilities in Ballywaltrim and Bray and will help us provide extra services for young people in our centres.'

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, awarded capital grant funding to 116 targeted staff-led youth projects/services and 20 national youth organisations across the country for the purchase of equipment to support the running of the service or organisation.

The funding will also provide for small-scale refurbishment grants to improve the health and safety of premises or the upgrade or refurbishment of premises in youth services and youth organisations.

Eligible local youth services were invited by their Education and Training Board (ETB) to apply for support and the national youth organisations applied directly for funding to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Minister Zappone stated: 'I am delighted to be in a position to announce these grants. As in previous years I am confident these grants will assist in improving the quality of the services to the benefit of young people involved.

'The national youth organisations provide exceptional engagement for the children and young people who are members nationwide. The provision of these grants underpins my continued commitment to enhance the quality of youth services which add such value to our communities. Investing in young people is a key priority for Government.

'In 2019 we are investing a total of €63.6m in current and capital funding in clubs, services and supports for young people,' the Minister concluded.

Bray People