TREKS is a new initiative supporting young people aged 16-25 years of age with the skills and potential for securing employment. Funded by the International Fund for Ireland we have tow dedicated staff (Liam & Ivan) who sole job it is to help you get work. We are offering courses, training, study visits, workshops, driving theory, driving lessons and much more. If you are 16-25 yrs of age call in for a yarn. We operate a drop-in facility every day Monday to Friday from 9am-3pm and have a cuppa and a yarn.
The staff have undergone training in ACE's over the last few months and have developed a model of supporting young people suffering from trauma. We have developed a set of initiatives and programmes that help young people mend the hurt that so often restricts their growth and development.
With the help of a grant from Live Here Love Here a group of young people from the centre made improvements to their community through the installation of lower baskets to the houses in Albert Street, Romania Rise and Dunville Street. This was a very popular project and has made a significant improvement to some of the mina arterial routes in the estate.
The young people from the ABCDE programme have been out in the community making their own improvements. They have worked in the West Belfast Food Bank making improvements inside and out. They painted a number of small murals and gave the large room a coat of paint.
The young people of Divis have finally received their report and this will be launched later this month by the Children's Commissioner. It outlines their feelings and recommendations for the future development of youth and community services in the Lower Falls.
SHIVAs is a community relations programme with Townsend Street Youth Centre from the Shankill. In partnership with Friends Forever International we operate a year long programme of learning and personal development that creates lasting friendships across the peace walls in Lower Shankill and Falls communities. The group pictured are the 10 young people taking part in the 2018/19 programme and they head out to Boston this summer for the two week immersion programme. Watch this space for updates on their great work.
Many of our young people and their families have been bereaved through suicide. Together with All Lives Are Precious (ALPS) and St. Peters Parish we are having a concert on the 14th September to celebrate of love life and happiness to mark suicide privation day. Tickets are soon sale in the Youth Centre and at the Parish Office