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Personal Youth Development Programme

The Personal Youth Development Programme (PYDP) was launched in late 2015 within the Fund’s Community Consolidation - Peace Consolidation 2016-2020 Strategy. The Programme aims to help young people build and develop life skills that foster good relations, build confidence and resilience and make them more employable.

PYDP seeks to connect young people aged 16-25 to personalised learning, skills and employment opportunities with a central focus on good relations and preparing people for the world of work. It is interested in engaging potential participants that are vulnerable to polarisation/recruitment to organisations opposed to the peace process and face barriers to participation in mainstream provision. 

PYDP is flexible with multiple entry points and encourages participants to explore their needs and make decisions that improve their lives, communities and interactions with others. The programme engages with young people who face a range of issues including; leaving the education system early; substance abuse; affected by homelessness; difficult family backgrounds; been in or close to criminal justice system; suffer from poor health or mental health issues; mistrust of statutory institutions; not participated in civic society in a positive manner; and come from communities with a negative view of their future.

PYDP projects are designed at a local level, engaging with the referral systems to provide accredited and non-accredited opportunities in Good Relations, Personal Development, Employability/Education Skills Development and Community/Social Development.

Case Studies


Fermanagh Sports & Cultural Awareness Association (FSCAA)

Edgarstown Residents Association

Focus Family Resource Centre

Northern Ireland Contact


Olga Gallagher

Rural Action

Administration Building
Loughry College
COOKSTOWN
Co Tyrone
BT80 9AA

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Tel: 028 8648 0900
Mobile: 07768 483284
Twitter: @ruralaction_ni 

Southern Border County Contacts


Gwen Lanigan

Area: Louth Monaghan East Cavan
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Tel: 00 353 87 6304380


Catherine Ryan

Area: Sligo Leitrim West Cavan
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Tel: 00 353 87 0626406


Mary Moy

Area: Donegal
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Tel: 00 353 87 3544924

For further information about our funding programmes, or for information on how to apply for funding, please contact the person(s) or organisation(s) identifed at the end of the relevant programme summary in the areas of activity section.

Belfast Office

International Fund for Ireland
Seatem House
28-32 Alfred St.
Belfast
BT2 8EN

+44 (0)28 9031 2884

Dublin Office

PO Box 2000
Dublin 2

+353 1 408 2130


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