A youth club in one of Derry’s most socially deprived areas is to get a new building, thanks to a £2.3 million funding package from Education Minister John O’Dowd.
The funding for the new St Mary’s Youth Club building at Fanad Drive in Creggan was announced this morning as part of a £12 million boost for youth services across the North.
Funding was also announced for youth services at Glenview Centre, Ebrington Church Youth Council, and the YMCA in Drumahoe.
Creggan Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell said the building of a new youth club at St Mary’s will be welcomed by the local community.
“This is fantastic news for the people of Creggan and the wider Derry public that over £2.3 million is to be invested in St Mary’s Youth Club.
“This investment will allow a modern youth facility to be built right in the heart of the community in an area of great social and economic need.
“It will provide a contribution to the invaluable role of building a strong community, and educating and empowering young people. In the context of the community and the wider society, all the evidence shows that investment in youth services is money well spent.
“It continues to show the Education Minister John O’Dowd’s commitment to youth provision across the north,” he said.
Northland Sinn Fein councillor Barney O’Hagan also welcomed news of the £150,000 investment at Glenview Community Centre. “This announcement is something that is good for the area and it has to be welcomed. The community centre is well used by everybody, bringing people together. It shows how work at a local grassroots level can make a difference.” he said.