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Five Louth based youth projects to benefit from new tech funding

Cox's Demesne
Cox's Demesne in Dundalk is to benefit from new capital funding. Photo Credit: Google Maps.

A number of youth orientated projects in Louth are to benefit from capital grant funding to the tune of just over €12,500, the Department of Children, Disability, Equality and Integration has announced.

Nationally, €2.32 million is being provided to 147 staff-led youth projects and 25 national youth organisations. The money will go towards purchase and replacing essential equipment to support the running of their services for young people to to provide innovative models of safe online communication for staff and with young people.

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In Louth, Dundalk Youth Centre and Boomerang Drogheda as well as Youth Work Ireland projects in Muirhevnamor (Craobh Rua), Cox’s Demesne and Southside Drogheda will benefit. Some projects were supported in their application by the Louth Meath Education and Training Board, while the YWI projects were invited to apply by the Department.

“I am delighted to be announcing these capital grants. Throughout the Covid-19 restrictions, youth services adapted, moved online and continued supporting young people’s well-being and social connections,” Minister Roderic O’Gorman said. “The role these services play in our communities cannot be overstated.”

The funding to the national youth organisations this year focused on data protection and the purchase of equipment to augment flexible working.  The capital scheme supported the replacement or upgrade of ICT to improve services for young people and to meet governance and GDPR requirements.

The funding to the staff-led youth services focused the purchase of new or replace essential equipment for youth services as well as minor health and safety improvements.

You can view the breakdown of funding below.

YOUTH PROJECT FUNDING BREAKDOWN

Click below to view the breakdown of capital funding awarded by the Department.

Cox’s Demense Youth and Community Project in Oakland Park was first established in 1991 when two derelict or unused houses were provided by Dundalk Town Council and were renovated by local people. The project aimed to provide somewhere within the community where young people who were excluded from all mainstream programmes, projects and clubs would be welcomed, learn new skills and be given new opportunities.

Presently in Cox’s Demesne, there are approximately 200 children and young people availing of the programmes and projects on a weekly basis. A staff team of nine full-time workers helm the centre with help from some part-time staff and community employment workers.

In Drogheda, the Boomerang Cafe and Youth Service on Fair Street in the town aims to meet the social, developmental and personal needs of young people, carrying out work through a community development approach, which results in a supportive environment and a wide range of options for young people.

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