Sunday 17 November 2019

Rush sees launch of new youth services

Foróige's Coastal North Dublin Youth Services launched

Ken Phelan

Opening its doors in April of this year, Foróige Coastal North Dublin Youth Services held its official launch at its centre in Rush last week, marking six very successful months in operation.

Catering for young people from Rush, Lusk and Skerries, the centre offers a venue to meet and chat, take part in various activities, and learn important life skills while staying off the streets and out of trouble.

Ruth Condon, Youth Worker at the centre, explains how the launch went, and some of the services the centre offers: 'It was a fantastic night, we had Senator James Reilly come out for support, we had the CEO and the Assistant CEO of Foróige come out, and members of the Dublin Dún Laoghaire Education & Training Board as well.

'We had young people speak last night on how Foróige has helped to keep them out of trouble, how it's given them confidence to get up and perform in front of other people, like they did last night.

'It's a safe place where they can come in and get that that kind of 'head space' where if they need someone to talk to they can come down and have a cup of tea and a talk with a youth worker.'

She said: 'We do everything from entrepreneurship to leadership skills, and then we also link in as well with schools, the education boards, and then also we would work closely with Garda Youth Diversion projects, so that would be for young people who would need a little bit of help in keeping out of trouble.'

Since opening last April, the centre has continued to grow as word of mouth spread throughout Rush, Lusk and Skerries.

Given the young population of the towns, a youth centre was badly needed for the area, as Ruth explains: 'It's the highest youth population in the country at the minute. So it's something that was needed for the young people here.

'In the first few months of meeting young people, it was a lot of the same thing, where there was nothing for them to do.

'Either you had to play soccer or you had to play GAA, and other than that there was nothing for them. We've got young people constantly coming in the door now having heard about us from friends, so it's great.'

Foróige Coastal North Dublin Youth Services is based in Rush Multi-Purpose Youth Facility and is open weekdays.

New members are welcome to join.

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