Ardee’s DeeHub has been handed a further financial boost this week in their bid to increase funding for their initiatives and projects, earning over €70,000.
The community resource centre has secured funding from the International Fund for Ireland for what they describe as “a new key programme.” That initiative is the Leaf Programme – a personal youth development programme. It is slated to get underway this Autumn.
The programme will provide opportunities for youngsters to build resilience and self-confidence and improve education and employment prospects. It will provide mentoring, good relations and personal development training and identify personalised skills training opportunities.
DeeHub say that Leaf is a 12-month initiative that will engage with up to 12 early school leavers and young people aged between 16 and 24 from not just Ardee, but across Mid-Louth.
Writing on their website on Tuesday, DeeHub wrote, “We are delighted to announce that the DeeHub through the hard work of our Trustees, Volunteers & Steering Group has secured funding from the International Fund for Ireland for a new key programme starting in Autumn 2017.
“We are extremely thankful for the hard work that was put in to the application and also to the Board of the International Fund for Ireland for helping us to realise our vision and bring this much needed programme to the locality for the benefit of the community.”
The total funding amount to €70.400. This is in addition to funding secured last month through the Communities Integration Fund. The Ardee-based centre was among 129 organisations nationwide who were successful in applying for funding. €500,000, in grants of up to €5,000, will be spread out among the 129 organisations. The funding is to support the integration of migrants in communities.
On Monday, it was confirmed that the DeeHub in Ardee is among four local initiatives nominated by Louth County Council for consideration in the All-Ireland Pride of Place Awards 2017.
The DeeHub is an not-for-profit organisation which opened it’s doors in 2016 to establish a youth and community resource centre in Ardee. It currently provides programmes and services to address the needs of young people, adults and families in the area. They seek to provide a safe, creative and dynamic community resource hub.
The Dee Hub centre aims to provide services, support and training for young people and adults – including drug and alcohol prevention programmes, peer-to-peer leadership programmes, mental health support, inter-generational programmes and adult education.