Monday 16th October, 2017
Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has announced extra funding of €1.5m to support the provision of youth services throughout the country.
The announcement will bring overall investment by her Department in funding to both national and local youth work services to €58.9m.
This additional funding will be used to support new youth projects in regions of the country where there is a pressing need.It will fill gaps where services do not exist and strengthen services in communities where there are growing numbers of young people.
Making the announcement which is the result of Budget 2018 funding Minister Zappone added:
“These extra funds will be targeted at regions of the country where there is an identified requirement for services to meet the needs of young people.
Through sports, arts and other activities this funding will give our young people a voice. It will also allow drug prevention and awareness programmes which promote health and well-being.
As Minister I have seen at first hand the impact of this work on young lives in communities right across the country.
This funding is an acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication of the 1,400 staff and 40,000 volunteers who work with our young people.
This further investment of €1.5m to support the provision of youth services in addition to the €5.5m increase secured in 2017 demonstrates the Government’s on-going commitment to youth services.”