***** OLDC NEWS ARCHIVE ITEM........... PUBLISHED 18.06.10 *****

West & South Offaly YouthBank recently held their annual celebration event in the County Arms Hotel in Birr.  

YouthBank is a unique programme that involves young people in grant- making within their local communities. It’s an all island of Ireland initiative of over 20 grant making committees run by young people. West and South Offaly Youthbank distributed €7,300 in grants to various youth groups across county Offaly. The funding supports projects designed and run by young people that address issues and concerns relevant to them and their local community.

The event represented the culmination of the Youthbank committee’s hard work and presented the successful youth groups with their cheques.

  • Croghan Foroige Club received €600.00 to improve the health and well being of local youth through cookery & self defence classes. Members of Banagher Scouts accepted a cheque for €1,000 to purchase new climbing equipment for the club.
 
  • West & South Offaly Comhairle na nOg, Banagher, Cloghan & Kilcormac Foroige clubs all received €800.00 each for their various community projects which include a Children’s Christmas disco, a youth health fair & classes to improve young peoples skills etc.

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West & South Offaly YouthBank Committee with Darina Coughlan, 

Youth Development Officer, Offaly Local Development Company  

The committee also presented grants in relation to the new Moneysense programme. This programme aims to fund a range of youth-led projects to promote financial literacy throughout the island of Ireland. Understanding and being confident about managing money is a crucial life skill for young people. These grants were awarded to the following organisations:  

  • St Mary Youth Club received €750.00 to create cookbooks which aims to educate young people to cook healthy foods on a budget for one person or larger groups. The cookbook will be available to all young people at little cost.
  • The SUB Project in Birr accepted a grant for €500.00 to create a comedy YouTube video to educate young people to mind their money. Members of the project increase awareness to young people worldwide to be sensible with their money.
 
  • Banagher College also received €500.00 to host three money advice shows for the local community.Topics include dealing with money management, planning and talks from the county enterprise board etc on different services available to members of the community.
 
  • Ballycumber Foroige club received €750.00 to set up and establish a charity/ trivet shop ‘as good as new’ which young people will manage. They will swap or sell donated goods from locals and any profits generated will be given to local charities.
 
The committee acknowledged Ulster Bank and Offaly Local Development Company for providing the funding for YouthBank grants. They also thanked Darina Coughlan coordinator of West & South Offaly YouthBank for the guidance and support she provided them throughout the year.
 
For further information on West and South Offaly YouthBank contact:
 

Darina Coughlan 

Youth Development Officer 

Tel: (057) 9151622  

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