***** OLDC NEWS ARCHIVE ITEM........... PUBLISHED April 2015 *****

On 31st March 2015, Offaly YouthBank celebrated its fifth successful funding year. Ten youth groups from across the county were presented with their grant cheques having successfully made it through the Offaly YouthBank grant making programme. This youth led funding programme is financed by Offaly Local Development Company, YouthBank Ireland and The Irish Youth Foundation who committed €6,000 to youth led projects in Offaly this year.

YouthBank starts from the premise that involving young people in projects that they design and run themselves is the most potent way of engaging young people in their communities. It was decided that due to the results of Kilcormac’s Community Action Plan which identified youth initiatives as a major concern for the area that Offaly YouthBank could help support a working group to explore these needs.  The committee over the past two years has included Dylan Delaney, Damien, Corboy, Joseph Scully, Vinny Charles, Emma Scully, Glenn Dunican, and Chris Scully.  This year’s committee completed training in March and over the month completed the YouthBank committee skills; covering topics on fairness, inclusion, teambuilding, research, setting priorities, publicity, decision making, monitoring, evaluation, planning and delivery of the celebration event.

There were five themes under which funding could be sought which aimed to tackle alcohol, drugs, smoking awareness; bullying; mental health; youth advocacy and community involvement and finally positive relationships in young people’s lives. Offaly YouthBank 2015 has successfully funded 10 projects which address one or more of these themes. Offaly YouthBank has had the opportunity to meet lots of great young people who, like them want to make a change for young people and their communities. This year there was increased competition for the grants and some of the projects funded were very strong contenders. YouthBank is about being Youth led and this becomes very clear in the interview stages.

“This experience has given us the opportunity to see what similar struggles youth and communities face in Offaly. It has also shown us that we can make a difference if we commit ourselves to change. There are plenty of people in every community with the skills and strengths to guide and support communities to improve their capacity to bring about change and become active citizens in society.”

The projects funded this year were:

  1. Flower Power SUB Project Birr
  2. Kilcormac Men’s Shed
  3. 6th Offaly Banagher Lusmagh Scouts
  4. St. Rynagh's Banagher Irish Girl Guides
  5. Crinkle Youth Group
  6. Offaly Rowing Club Tullamore
  7. Daingean Youth Club Youth Advisory Panel
  8. Ballycumber Foroige
  9. Ballinamere Foroige
  10. P2B St. Mary’s Youth Project Tullamore

Special thanks were given to Offaly Local Development Company, YouthBank Ireland and The Irish Youth Foundation for their commitment to youth work in the county. The KDA and all their staff were thanked for the great support they showed to the project. The photographs taken on the day are thanks to Kilcormac’s Men’s Shed. Finally, Emma Glenn and Chris were thanked for their great work and commitment this year and for the young people, their projects and the adult volunteers supporting them for continuing to develop and support youth led initiatives.


Click here for photos from the event.

For more information on the various youth projects in Offaly supported by OLDC click here. To find out more about YouthBank Ireland go to www.youthbank.org

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