Statement by Minister Denis Naughten TD
Local Minister Denis Naughten is pleased to confirm that 109 community youth groups across Roscommon-Galway are set to receive a share of €417,000 under a new equipment fund for volunteer led community youth groups set up by his Independent Cabinet colleague, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone.
“Applications open today,” confirmed Minister Naughten who is encouraging the eligible groups to apply for their “rightful share of the funding allocation for Roscommon-Galway.”
Nationwide more than 1,700 volunteer led community youth groups will benefit from the €6.4million equipment fund being announced today by Minister Zappone.
“The €417,000 fund allocation for community volunteer led youth clubs across Roscommon-Galway will mean valuable equipment such as goal posts or educational tools can be bought to support young people in our communities. The fund has been established in recognition of the service and contribution community youth groups make in the lives of our young people and in our communities as a whole. The valuable work carried out by volunteers deserves Government support and I welcome Minister Zappone’s leadership in this regard,” added Naughten.
“There are approximately 109 volunteer led community youth groups working on the ground across Roscommon/Galway that are eligible to apply for this funding. I urge them to apply as soon as possible to the Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board who is the designated administrator of the scheme in this region. The work of youth club volunteers in improving the health and well-being of our young people while preventing anti-social behaviour and providing much needed support, guidance and friendship to young people must be recognised and commended. This funding will ensure any new equipment that young people want in their clubs is now available for their benefit and enjoyment,” concluded Minister Naughten.
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is asking each youth club to consult with its young members to ask their views on what equipment might be needed and how it will directly benefit them.