Reach Across seeking new leaders for cross-community programme

Cross-community youth group R.E.A.C.H Across is currently recruiting Volunteer Leaders (20yrs +) and Asst Leaders (18yrs +) for its 2011 youth programme.

Applications are welcome from throughout the western region of N. Ireland and Donegal and transport is provided to and from residentials and training courses.

Applicants will be invited to attend an introduction evening in mid-January followed by a leaders training residential which will be held between Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th February 2011.

On completion of the training weekend, leaders will be invited to supervise group members on outdoor activity residentials in March and April, training courses, weekly group meetings and international exchanges etc, depending on their availability.

Training courses for Leaders include Basic First Aid, Child Protection, Outdoor Activities, Youth Leadership, Drugs and Alcohol Awareness, Art and Drama, Catering, Facilitation Skills, Counselling etc. Activities include paintballing, laser quest, go-karting, canoeing, day trips, abseiling, trampolining, horse-riding, cheerleading and adventure courses.

Residential weekends are staged at centres in Tobermore, Portrush, Omagh and Craigavon In 2011, R.E.A.C.H Across hope to organise International Youth Projects in Croatia and Bulgaria, as well as a cultural youth project in Liverpool. Volunteers may also represent R.E.A.C.H Across at international youth conferences throughout Europe.

The principal aim of the project is to create cross-community contact between young people from the western part of N. Ireland (14-17yrs) and to provide new training and activity opportunities.

There is no cost for the residential and follow-up training and activities are also free for volunteer leaders. Applicants must be 18 years old by February 5th 2011 and available for the residential weekend at the start of February. If you would like an application form or require further information please contact the Project Co-ordinator on 028 71 280048 or e-mail reach_across@hotmail.com. R.E.A.C.H Across would also welcome applications from former members.