Funding received by a south Belfast youth centre will be used to give young people an alternative to underage drinking by providing them with a safe and secure place to meet and socialise at night.
The St John Vianney Youth Centre at River Ter, off the Ormeau Road, secured £2,400 from the PSNI Lost Property Fund.
Keith McCaugherty, lead youth worker at the centre, said the money will allow the club to provide a critical diversionary project for 13 to 17-year-olds in the lower Markets.
“This money will allow us to open our doors from 8pm to 11pm, giving young people an alternative to underage drinking by providing them with a safe and secure place to meet and socialise.
“Not only will this project give peace of mind to parents, it will also enhance community safety and the health and safety of local young people.”
Laganbank Councillor Pat McCarthy said he is delighted that the centre secured the funds.
Cllr McCarthy said: “This is great news and I want to thank the PSNI for donating £2,400 from their Lost Property Fund to the St John Vianney Youth Centre.
“This centre provides vital youth programmes for over 200 local young people from the ages of six to 23.”
He added: “It was a privilege to support St John Vianney in its application for this funding. The fact that it has secured this money is testimony to the valuable contribution the dedicated and committed staff and volunteers make to the local community.”