COLERAINE Rural Urban Network (CRUN) is currently delivering its Youth Empowerment and Resilience (YEAR) project thanks to Big Lottery funding.
The five-year intervention programme which started in April is supported by a multi-agency framework will develop marginalised young people’s social skills to empower them to make informed lifestyle choices.
The project engages with young people in the Coleraine area who are currently unattached to current youth provision and not involved in education, employment or training and who are at risk of, or currently involved in anti-social behaviour and youth offending.
Youth workers Sabrina Mullan, Charlie Smyth and Michael Walker, from the project go out to areas where support is needed, approach young people and build trust with them, then encourage them to get involved in training and activities at the organisation’s centre in Coleraine or at outreach centres including youth and IT qualifications, alcohol and drug awareness courses, job skills and interview technique training.
Michele Loughery, YEAR Project Coordinator, says: YEAR programme the aim is to give young people the chance to develop themselves to learn new skills and gain accredited and non-accredited qualifications.” Michelle can be contacted on 0287034493.