Live to learn, an innovative cross-community project in Derry-Londonderry, has been praised for providing young people with brighter prospects at a celebration event today.
Launched in February with £234,558 from the International Fund for Ireland and led by Have Your Tomorrows (HURT), the project offers a structured programme of training and support to 24 young people from the Foyleside and Waterside areas of the city.
It is specially designed to give participants the means and knowhow to take better control of their lives by improving confidence, self-esteem and employability. During the event, which marked completion of the first phase of learning and good relations activities, participants received certificates for accredited training and recognition for each contributing 50 hours towards the Millennium Volunteer Award.
Paddy Harte, International Fund for Ireland Board Member said:
“The young people deserve credit for the achievements they have made through the Live to Learn project. It is opening new pathways to learning, training and employment and helping turn young lives around. This project has successfully enabled people to reassess their prospects and take active steps to improve their lives and their communities.
“The reality is that there are growing issues of disaffection among young people in many areas and that increases the risk of being drawn towards negative influences and a spiral of poor choices. The Live to Learn project tackles issues like anti-social behaviour, alcohol, drugs and mental health and provides young people with practical ways to improve their prospects. Projects like this are critical and build momentum for change, stability and prosperity.”
Olivia Smith, Live to Learn Project Coordinator said:
“This project is about engaging on the issues that deeply affect the lives of young people and offering the knowledge, skills and confidence to build a more positive future for themselves and others. We’ve been impressed by how each participant has applied themselves within the project and within their communities.
“Live to Learn is a great way to get people together, promote mutual understanding and raise aspirations. It is really pleasing for us to celebrate the impressive progress our young people have made in a few short months.”
Funding to the Live to Learn Project was provided through the International Fund for Ireland’s Personal Youth Development Programme which is managed by the Rural Development Council.
Have Your Tomorrows (HURT) is a voluntary charitable organisation that was established in 2002 to work with people who experience drug and alcohol difficulties, their families and service providers. They provide holistic care, advice, education, support and treatment to encourage healing and recovery from drug and alcohol misuse. HURT treatment centre offers a confidential, non-judgmental approach to those affected by dependency and addiction.
It has been delivering education programmes in schools, training centres and youth clubs for over six years, and has recently became an accredited centre for TQUK (Teaching Qualification UK) enabling HURT to offer a range of accredited programmes for young people to enable them to acquire skills and training to enhance their possibility of entering education or gaining employment.
Since 2008 HURT has been managing both large and small scale projects from various funding sources, including the Big Lottery Fund, Department for Communities, Victim and Survivors Service, Comic Relief and the Policing and Community Safety Partnership.
Back row: Niamh Doherty, Carla Hurley; Andrew Coyle; Martin Sheridan; Michael Mc Daid; Abigail Kuzma
Front row: Olivia Smith, HURT Project coordinator; John Boyle, Mayor of Derry and Strabane; Courtney Ormston; Paddy Harte, International Fund for Ireland board member.
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