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McCann celebrates the work of Youth Initiatives

26 July, 2013 - by Jennifer McCann


West Belfast MLA and Junior Minister Jennifer McCann has commended the cross community work Youth Initiatives has carried out in both West and East Belfast over the past few weeks.

Speaking at a celebration event in the groups new premises in Poleglass Ms McCann said,

"Over the past few weeks Youth Initiatives have brought hundreds of young people together through their lifeguard volunteering project which has taken place in West and East Belfast.

"Young volunteers from both areas and from Banbridge have worked in a number of summer schemes in West and East Belfast with hundreds of young people on a daily basis.

"It has brought young people together in such a way that not only makes them feel they are making a positive contribution to their community but also builds on new relationships with their peers fro other areas.

"I want to congratulate the Youth Initiatives team for the sterling work that they have carried out over the past few weeks and I want to especially thank the young volunteers involved in the scheme for giving up their free time so that hundreds of children and young people could enjoy events in the programme."

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