Roe Valley youths in project to ‘transform their lives’

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Young people from Limavady and Dungiven joined their peers from around the North West to celebrate a major project that has “helped to transform their lives”.

Detached Youth Project celebration event was held at the Bushtown House Hotel in Coleraine on Thursday 25th April and provided the chance to recognize the hard work of 12 communities and around 160 young people aged 14 – 25, who developed lasting relationships with members from the other community.

The groups from the Limavady District Council area involved in the programme were from Dungiven and the Roe Valley area.

The Dungiven group of 25 young people aged 14 to 18 have been active through river cleanups, intergenerational visits and community fundraising. They have met on weekly basis to explore prejudice, discrimination, culture and identity. They have taken part in a huge amount of fun activities as well as study visits to Dublin, Derry, Belfast and Donegal.

The Roe Valley group took part in a Light Graffiti Project, as well as an exciting programme involving Traveller awareness, Chinese culture and ex-combatants. They also had the opportunity to take part in cultural visits to Belfast, Derry and Donegal.

The initiative was delivered by the Northern Ireland Youth Forum (NIYF) and funded under the European Union’s PEACE III Programme which is managed on behalf of the Special EU Programmes Body by the North East PEACE III Partnership.

Over the past two years, the young people, many of whom had no meaningful contact with the other side of the community, have taken part in training, cultural activities, residentials and cross border visits that have helped change their perception of other faiths, races and cultures.