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New consortium hopes to deliver for young people

TWO part-time youth workers are set to be employed in Strabane as part of a new consortium set up to examine the provision of facilities for young people in the town.

Strabane Youth Consortium includes representatives from Strabane Access Youth Engagement (AYE), Melmount Community Forum, Fountain Street CDA, Springhill Park Area Residents and Youth Association and Lisnafin/Ardnalee/Trust Community Association. Its remit will be to scope current provision of youth provision in the town and identify further needs.

Teresa Stewart, project manager of Strabane AYE said “The stark reality at present is that there is very little formal youth provision in Strabane and this can be attributed to the absence of partnership and collaborative working across the geographical areas of the town.

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The landscape for community development is changing and the community sector needs to adapt and change too, so we’re extremely excited that the setting up of this consortium is the first step in doing that.”

The consortium has held a number of meetings and identified short term immediate actions such as securing the funding from the Education Authority and Department for Communities Neighbourhood Renewal fund to employ two part-time youth workers who will work across four community hubs to ensure as many young people as possible aged 12-18 years who will benefit from structured youth provision/drop in facilities. All of the groups involved are looking forward to a successful future for the consortium and are hoping to set their sights on securing lots more funding to deliver on a bigger scale very soon.

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