The problems associated with anti-social behaviour and drugs and alcohol abuse are being explored as part of the Ballykelly Youth Development Programme, funded by Limavady Policing and Community Safety Partnership’s Summer Diversion Scheme.
Ballykelly Community Youth Club is just one of the groups to benefit from Limavady PCSP’s grant programme.
The personal development project covers a wide range of topics, including healthy eating, fun through fitness, team building and community awareness.
It runs on Saturday evenings during the months of July and August. More than 20 young people from the Ballykelly area are taking part.
The project has been designed to engage young people and develop an understanding of some of the issues facing them.
Mark Vinnicombe of Ballykelly Community Youth Club said: “This project is important for the young people in Ballykelly as there is very little access to services in the area.
“There is no evening entertainment in the village without having to travel. I feel it is important for the parents to know where their children are in the evenings.
“Working with the community police and myself on this project provides that reassurance.”
He continued: “It is important for the local community to have the centre facility used to provide programmes for younger people.
“It is also important for the community to know that issues like anti-social behaviour are being tackled at grass routes through early intervention provided in the form of education.
“Ballykelly community and youth association would like to thank PCSP for the funding to deliver this programme which has been a huge success.
“I would also like to thank the PSNI officers for their involvement and commitment to the programme.”