Community groups invited to apply for funding

Money that could help combat anti social behaviour and interface violence has been made available to community groups in Derry.

The Western Education and Library Board (WELB) says its Youth Service has received £126,000 from the Department of Education and the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) for the provision of Summer Youth Intervention Programmes.

A WELB spokeswoman says there are two types of funding packages available.

She says the first is aimed at work in areas where there is anti-social behaviour or in areas where there is the potential of heightened social unrest.

“The second programme will fund work with young people at recognised interfaces and in ‘hot spots’, essentially areas of severe tension,” she says.

“This programme is aimed at diverting young people away from becoming involved in sectarian activities.”

The closing date for applications is June 1.