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Big Lottery's £500k grants boost for youth projects

By Donna Deeney

Projects to improve the lives of young people in the north west have been granted almost half a million pounds each by The Big Lottery.

Youth Action has been given the money to fund a programme to support young people at risk in the Waterside in Londonderry.

Its Reaching Out project works by giving young people a range of services to improve their education and work opportunities.

Project Manager Caroline Redpath said staff will work with the young people to decide what their goals and aspirations are.

She said: “Many young people aged 16-20 years living in the Waterside area have few qualifications, still suffer from sectarian violence and often lack aspirations and skills to improve their life chances.

“They often drop out of school early and have difficulty in sustaining a sense of possibility and direction. Drugs and alcohol are factors too and they have no expectations or goals for their lives.

“This programmes tries to get the young people interested in eduction.”

Youthlife Limited was also awarded £490,403 to support its work with young people across the north west.

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