Hopes high that Mitchelstown could get a youth worker
It was revealed this week by Minister Sean Sherlock that an application has been made to establish the new position of a youth worker for Mitchelstown. This is something which has been called for, for some time, to address the needs of young people in the town.
The Minister for Research and Innovation said that he is delighted that the Mitchelstown Youth Project will be proceeding with an application to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Cork Education & Training Board are to contribute a significant portion of the funding required.
“I have been working on this issue for some time, working very closely with the Michelstown Youth Project and liaising closely with senior officials in Foróige. Numerous studies have been made over the years, but since 2007 no new applications have been accepted. I am determined to reverse that," he told The Avondhu.
Minister Sherlock highlighted that the part-time project will deliver a youth work initiative and seek to address the needs of young people in Mitchelstown who he believes are disadvantaged, due to a combination of factors, such as the high youth population, youth unemployment, dependence on social welfare, social isolation and no mainline youth services.
“I want to pay tribute to the dedication of the Educational & Training Board to this project and I look forward to the application progressing further. I am committed to ensuring that Mitchelstown is served in the best possible way and this latest development is the fruit of the many meetings I have held on this with the different stakeholders.
“The Government is committed to the Youth Guarantee, but this particular project will specifically assist the needs of the youth in Mitchelstown. I would encourage anyone with any queries on this to contact me or my office directly," Minister Sherlock added.
Friday 28th March 3:32pm