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Published: Wed, 16 Mar 2016
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Pupils Caolan McGonagle, Oakgrove College and James Devine, St. Joseph's Boys' School spray painting a wardrobe at the launch of the of the 4rs Reuse Schools' Project, funded by us. Looking on are Eddie Breslin, our Good Relations Officer, Donal O'Doherty, graffiti artist, and Richie McRory, 4rs Reuse Workshop. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)
4rs Reuse Workshop
Young people from Derry-Londonderry are being encouraged to create their own urban art using materials which otherwise would have become landfill.
The initiative is aimed at young people aged 16-18 years with and with-out disabilities from both sides of the community who are a risk of not remaining in education or undertaking training. It is being funded by us and run by 4rs Reuse Workshop.
The young people will be able to let their creative flair thrive as they create artwork which will then be on permanent display in the Pennyburn Industrial Estate. They will be drawn from across many post primary schools in the area and will work together to develop their environmental awareness, learn about the important of recycling and see what use can be made of the things people simply throw away.
The main body of workshops will take place April – May 2016 when over 10 visual art pieces will be created. The workshops are also aimed at providing information on how to stay safe in their community. They will look at substance abuse, mental health and sexual health issues as well as encourage creating a safe environment, free of anti-social behaviour, in their local community.
Our Good Relations Officer for the area, Eddie Breslin, said:
“We are committed to community cohesion and were pleased to support this project by 4rs Reuse Workshop. Ensuring young people have an opportunity to work together to develop good relations as they participate in the workshops is an important contribution to their personal development.
“The project’s twin messages, supporting young people with their goal and aspirations as well as caring for the environment, underpins the Housing Executive’s vision for Northern Ireland. I commend all of those involved and look forward to seeing the final pieces of artwork on display for everyone to admire.”
Joe Brolly, Recycling Manager, at the 4rs Reuse Workshop, explained:
“The environmental message of encouraging those who take part to make good use of the things that they find others throw away is important to our project. But fostering self-confidence, encouraging self-esteem and creating positive friendships across the community is central.
“We want to ensure those who participate in walk away secure in the knowledge they can continue on to further education, training and employment and through this they can make a vital contribution to the area in which they live. I’d like to thank the Housing Executive for their support of this initiative, without it the project would not have been possible.”
The 4Rs Resuse Workshop is run by the Resource Centre, Derry~Londonderry. Its mission is to reuse unwanted furniture and electrical goods and to upcycle these goods for retail resale.  In doing this, they provide the opportunity to develop skills among local people. The concept of this project was piloted over the past two years achieving good results. This larger scale effort hopes to build on this success.