Investing in young people a key priority

16 February 2017

Fermanagh and South Tyrone candidate Maurice Morrow has said investing in our young people is a priority, as he welcomed the outcome of assessment for the Voluntary Youth Capital.

He said, “The DUP has been consistent in ensuring our young people and children have access to proper services and facilities. This is yet another example of that commitment as 47 youth groups are set to benefit from funding from the Voluntary Youth Capital.

A range of groups across Northern Ireland have been given funding from Scout and Girl Guide groups, youth clubs and community groups supporting our young people. Each enriches the lives of our young people, helping to create key life skills needed for the future. It is important that they have appropriate funding to carry out this vital work in our communities.

Although the number of projects given the go ahead will be dependent on the Department’s capital budget it is important to view this as movement on the scheme, which will ultimately make meaningful change for people on the ground.

The Education Minister Peter Weir is focused on putting money into frontline services and he is to be commended for bringing forward the Voluntary Youth Capital programme. When received, this money will make a huge difference to the many groups who are set to benefit and I congratulate all those who will now proceed to the next stage.”

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