Strathroy young people put community safety first

A group of people stand in front of a colurful mural.
Edith Bell (centre) from Omagh Local Office was delighted to attend the celebration event in Strathroy Community Centre.

Strathroy Community Association recently held a celebration event for young people who had taken part in a community safety programme funded by us.. 

60 young people took part in the programme which involved study visits, youth activities and trips to Derry~Londonderry and Belfast.  

Over 24 weeks young people and local residents also attended engagement sessions that highlighted the effects of anti-social behavior on their community and workshops delivered by Breakthru, a local drugs and alcohol awareness charity, which reinforced the dangers of substance mis-use.   

At the end of the programme a celebration event, which recognised the achievements of the young people who took part, was held in Strathroy Community Centre.

Marty McColgman, Chairman of Strathroy Community Association, explains how the project has helped young people in the Omagh estate:

“Thanks to funding from the Housing Executive we can empower our young people to make choices that have a positive impact on themselves and our community. 

“Throughout this project they have learned about the dangers of alcohol and drugs, looking after their mental health and the impact of anti-social behavior. This will help them deal with problems they encounter in everyday life such as peer pressure, bullying and keeping themselves safe.”

Jackie O’Kane, from our Community Safety Team, said:

“We are delighted to have been able to support this project which has provided young people with a safe space to discuss complicated issues associated with anti-social behavior. 

“The celebration event was a fantastic way to showcase what everyone had learned and recognise their achievements."

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