A NUMBER of Derry groups are among 10 youth organisations who will share in a £6 million investment announced for youth sector capital projects across the North of Ireland.
Sinn Fein Education spokesperson Karen Mullan has welcomed the announcement of the investment.
The two Derry groups who will receive a share of the money are Cathedral Youth Club and Greater Shantallow Community Arts (Studio 2).
The Foyle MLA said: “This very welcome news means that a number of voluntary and community youth groups can plan for the future with a high degree of confidence and certainty.
“I have worked in the community and voluntary sector for a number of years so I am very much aware of the positive contribution this sector makes to wider society.
“I am also acutely aware of the demand for funding and support.
“The community and youth projects which stand to benefit from this investment play a crucial role in the development of young people and communities across the North.
“They provide a real and positive alternative in communities to the issues of anti-social behaviour and isolation. In addition, these youth projects are an excellent platform for young people to network and to get actively involved in their local areas.
“Although the latest announcement is hugely welcome, Sinn Féin will continue to push for further investment in youth services and for the wider community and voluntary sector.
“Design planning for the projects is set to begin immediately with the construction phase to begin in the 2018/2019 financial year.”
The ten groups who will benefit from this latest announcement of investment are:
Basement Youth Club, Belfast
Cathedral Youth Club, Derry
110th Belfast Scout and Guides, St Bernadettes
Langfield Youth Club, Drumquin
Greater Shantallow Community Arts (Studio 2), Derry
1st Baronscourt Scout Group, Newtownstewart
Galbally Youth and Community Association
Clonard Youth, Belfast
Seagoe Youth Club, Portadown