YOUTH GROUPS WELL EQUIPPED!!
Youth clubs, scout groups, guides and many other volunteer led youth groups are enjoying the benefits of grants from the Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board, which enabled them to purchase much needed equipment for their work with young people.
The grant was an initiative that was supported strongly by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and the Minister Katherine Zappone. The additional resource was to ensure that local volunteer led and run youth clubs/groups had high quality resources to meet the needs of the young people involved. In particular, it was to help the club leaders in met the Standards for Youth Clubs/Groups which the Department and the Education and Training Board now expect them to achieve. Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board supported a total of 71 clubs and groups across Waterford and Wexford counties. The total award was €329,489 with an average award of €4,641.
Martin Fitzgerald, Youth Officer, with Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board advised that “this was a welcome boost for clubs that depend on fund raising and community support apart from the annual small grant from the Education and Training Board. This grant was in addition to the annual grant allocation and was intended to assist clubs and group to improve the standard of service provided for young people”. He went on to say that Youth Work is recognised as a non-formal educational process equipping young people with the skills required for social and personal development and enabling them to be active in their own communities and society at large.
For further information contact:
Martin Fitzgerald, Youth Officer
Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board
F13, Shoppoing Centre
Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
P: 058 51433 M: 086 3858781 E: firstname.lastname@example.org