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'Off the Streets' Family Fun Day

Published: Mon, 20 Aug 2018
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Young people enjoying the Free fun Day at Brookdale Field
Young people in Galliagh had a great time at a fun day on 15th August that they  organized themselves - thanks to funding from the Housing Executive.
The fun day was the culmination of weeks of hard work by 12 young people who had been taking part in a training programme managed by local community organization ‘Off The Streets.’
The project, which began in June and will run until November, is being supported by funding of £2,165 from the Housing Executive’s Community Safety Grants programme.
The 12 participants, who are aged in their mid-teens, were recruited by Off The Street’s youth workers, who work on the ground in the outer north area of the city to engage with young people between the ages of 10-17 years.
The participants have already been busy organising a number of family-friendly summer activities in the Galliagh area in an attempt to deter people from building bonfires and engaging young people in positive activities over the summer months.
Thomas McCallion, Manager of Off The Streets said:
“The fun day on 15th August was the highlight of a training programme that has provided opportunities for many young people to engage in training and to learn new skills that can be put to use in the local community.
“Thanks to the funding from the Housing Executive, the young people have learned skills in leadership, research and event planning as well as first aid and stewarding.
Staff members playing Mario Kart with the young people
"They’re also developing self-confidence as they share ideas and learn about overcoming problems. The project will show the wider public that young people have a lot to offer and have huge potential to do good work in the areas in which they live.”
Denise Conlon, Manager of the Housing Executive’s Community Safety team said:
“Involving young people in meaningful activities helps them realise their potential, and can lead them away from negative and anti-social behaviour.
"We are delighted to support Off The Streets who are helping these young people learn new skills and give something back to their community.”
The Fun Day on 15th August was open to all residents of Galliagh and nearby areas. It was supported by the Housing Executive, Big Lottery Fund NI, Police and Community Safety Partnership and Derry City and Strabane District Council. To find out more about the event contact Off The Streets on 028 7135 8048.