Minister launches new Dublin Youth Service

by Gazette Reporter
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Minister James Browne recently launched Foróige’s newly opened flagship premises in Christchurch, Dublin 8. Foróige Dublin City South brings together five youth work projects for young people aged from 8-24 in the area. 

The youth service is home to a dynamic range of needs-based programmes for young people, namely Dublin City South Youth Diversion Project (YDP), one of the largest Youth Justice Projects in Ireland, and the LEAD Project, an all-Dublin project which has an anti-racism and community safety focus for young people. 

Ruben Steenberg, Mustapha Sakariyau with Minister James Brown

Foróige Dublin City South is a service rich initiative which is in line with the Youth Justice Strategy ‘No Wrong Door’ policy. The young people spoke to Deputy Browne about their engagement in these initiatives and the positive impact they have had on their lives, as well as showcasing some of their work and providing a masterclass in DJing, Virtual Reality, and more.

The new youth service will be a vital focal point in the heart of the Liberties, where young people can come together to access supports, meet their peers, and develop their skills and confidence in a relaxed and fun environment.

Erin Scott, Leah Williams with Minister James Brown

Mark FitzPatrick, aged 15, spoke to the attendees about his experience of the youth service to date: “We love coming here to do activities like podcasting, playing pool but more importantly we learn how to be ourselves and believe that no matter what anyone says if we put our mind to something we can do it, and our youth workers support us to do it.”

Mark Fitzpatrick, Jamie Kelly, Daniel O Reilly with Minister James Brown

Speaking at the launch, Minister Browne stated: “It is always a great privilege to be able to see first-hand the work being done for young people across Ireland and it is my firm belief that this new facility will change the lives of young people in Dublin City.”

John Fitzgerald, Foróige Area Manager for Dublin City, commented: “It’s Foróige’s vision in the South City to provide youth work to young people with a wide range of needs and interests and from a diverse range of backgrounds. We are so proud to be able to welcome young people to a space that enables them to discover themselves  and do so at their own pace – and – in a way that suits them.”

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