277 Dublin Youth Clubs in line for €1m windfall

277 Dublin Youth Clubs in line for €1m windfall

Young people get say on how cash is spent

Youth Clubs in South Dublin County Council and the other three Dublin local authority areas can apply now for a share of €1m to buy new equipment.Overall 277 volunteer led youth clubs are eligible for funding of up to €5,000 to buy new equipment.

Minister Zappone says the allocation will depend on the size of each club.Making the announcement the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs said:

“Investing in young people makes sense. It not only promotes health and wellbeing, it prevents anti-social behaviour and stops young people getting into trouble.

I am delighted to be in a position to make over €1m available in Dublin. I encourage every volunteer led club in South County Dublin to apply.The money can be used to buy all sorts of equipment from goal-posts to kayaks to play stations.

It is however an important requirement that the clubs must ask the views of their young members when making the application. This is in line with my own mission that young voices must be listened to.

The money will be distributed through the local Education and Training Board (ETB). Every club should make their application as soon as possible so that the benefits can be delivered in communities as soon as possible.

This is another significant boost for youth work on the ground in a year which saw overall funding increase by 10% to €57m.

As budget negotiations continue I am asking Government colleagues to continue investing in our children and young people – and ensure there is no going back to the era of cutbacks.

Investing in our young people is an investment in not only their own futures, but the future of our communities and our country.”