FACT launched in Derry

Minister for Education John O'Dowd helps to launch the 'Families Achieving Change Together (FACT)' initiative at the Gasyard Centre with the Mayor of Derry Ald. Maurice Devenney, Laura McGuinness, family support worker, and Chloe Casey, St Cecilia's College. (2810PG70)
Minister for Education John O'Dowd helps to launch the 'Families Achieving Change Together (FACT)' initiative at the Gasyard Centre with the Mayor of Derry Ald. Maurice Devenney, Laura McGuinness, family support worker, and Chloe Casey, St Cecilia's College. (2810PG70)
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Acting Deputy First Minister John O’Dowd launched a new initiative in Derry yesterday which brings schools, communities, and statutory bodies together.

The education minister launched the Families Achieving Change Together (FACT) scheme at the Gasyard Centre yesterday as part of a tour of the city.

Mr O’Dowd also visited St Mary’s Primary School, Foyle College, and Ebrington Primary School, and Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin.

The education minister said that it is unfair that children and young people should be disadvantaged because of their economic background. “Projects such as FACT, which takes a progressive and collaborative approach to the issue, are tackling this imbalance through delivering early intervention to those families most in need and ensuring that education does not end outside the school gates.

FACT enables families most in need to access vital statutory services which might otherwise be out of their reach, helping children to focus on what matters – enjoying their childhood and gaining a quality education,” he said.

The minister also praised the staff at the Gasyard Centre and at local schools for their work on the project.

“I commend the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum and the five schools involved in the FACT initiative and wish them every success for the future as they work for the benefit of children and young people in Derry.”

The minister was joined at the launch by the Mayor of Derry, Alderman Maurice Devenney.