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£926,000 offers young people a positive path to their future - Fearon

29 June, 2016 - by Megan Fearon

Junior Minister Megan Fearon today opened an event to showcase the progress of an Early Intervention project to help vulnerable young people across West Belfast and Shankill area.

The Social Investment Fund project, funded by the Executive’s Delivering Social Change fund, is providing valuable support to young people most in need to divert them away from antisocial behaviour and channel their energy into making a brighter future for them, their families and community.

Speaking at the event in the Wholly Ground Cafe in Belfast, Junior Minster Fearon said: “The Executive’s Social Investment fund has provided £926,000 to fund this project and it is great to see first-hand how it is delivering for young people in the area. 310 people have taken part during the first year, that’s 310 people who have stepped forward and chosen to go down a positive path.

 “Often we focus on addressing issues which have already materialised.  This project is about intervention, helping young people turn their lives around rather than wait until it is too late. Those involved today have used the support this project offers to overcome difficult personal challenges and I’m really impressed by their achievements. The Social Investment Fund is about supporting communities to identify and address their own needs and today is evidence it can really work.”

The three year scheme was developed by the Belfast West SIF Steering Group and is being delivered by Active Communities Network project which is managed by Falls Community Council.

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