Extern’s work puts smile on Martina’s face

Pictured during a visit to Extern Youth Support's Roscor youth village, are from left, Joan Broder, Director of childrens services, Liz Cuddy chief executive of Extern, Mark Rogers manager of Roscor youth village, junior minister Martina Anderson MLA, Brian Murray programme manager Extern West, Tom Cassidy, Extern assistant director family and childcare.

Pictured during a visit to Extern Youth Support's Roscor youth village, are from left, Joan Broder, Director of childrens services, Liz Cuddy chief executive of Extern, Mark Rogers manager of Roscor youth village, junior minister Martina Anderson MLA, Brian Murray programme manager Extern West, Tom Cassidy, Extern assistant director family and childcare.

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Local MLA Martina Anderson has praised the work of local youth organisation Extern.

The Junior Minister described a visit to the Extern Youth Village as leaving her “amazed at the type and scale of the work they do”.

The Junior Minister at the Office of First and Deputy First Ministers also described the organisation as a great example of joint service delivery between the statutory organisations and the youth and community sector.

“Extern and the Western Trust are to be applauded for this project. The working relationship between the two bodies is a great example of addressing a societal need directly with minimum fuss and maximum benefit.

“I came away with a big smile on my face, I was heart glad at the work being undertaken. All credit to Chief Executive Liz Cruddy, Brian Murray and Mark Forbes of Extern and Tom Cassidy of the Trust.”

Extern tackle social exclusion across the whole of Ireland and work in partnership with the Western Health Trust, Education Department, schools, youth clubs and the Youth Justice Service.

Ms Anderson admitted to ‘waxing lyrical’ about Roscor Youth Village, situated overlooking Lower Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, after her visit.

“Extern is one of the unsung great programmes within our city. We read a lot about social problems such as anti-community behaviour but when it comes to the intervention projects run by Extern, they work below the radar. They should be heaped with praise for the work they do and are a credit to the staff, volunteers, service users of Extern as well as the city itself.”