Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Chance for youth schemes to apply for education funding

Cash for youth programmes in the North West is now available through the local education board.

The Western Education and Library Board Youth Service is encouraging groups to apply for the Community Relations Youth Service Support scheme (CRYSS) funding which has been provided by the Department of Education.

The board's recently appointed Senior Community Relations Youth Worker, Lynsey Cathcart, said: "There has been a reasonable number of applicants to the CRYSS programme to date, but I must stress there is a limited amount of finance available and all groups who may potentially benefit from the programme should get their applications in quickly."

There are a number of different strands to the CRYSS programme including single identity projects which can be awarded up to £600, introductory and level one and two projects.

If groups are interested in community relations but are not sure where to start, the board can offer support for projects in the form of training, resources, programme planning and completing funding applications.

Applications will be considered not only from WELB Youth Service registered groups, but from community groups working with young people on community relations programmes.

Contact the youth officer in your area - Ann McCausland, Limavady Youth Office; Ita Vesey, Fermanagh Youth Office; Sean Cassidy, Strabane/Omagh Youth Office and Gerry McIntyre, Derry Youth Office.

The board also announced this week that over 36,000 young people were involved in 98 summer projects and schemes during their youth summer programme this year.

Ronnie Russell from the WELB Youth Service described the turnout as "outstanding".

Among a vast number of activities, the annual summer scheme offers outdoor pursuits, team building and residential experiences.

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