Wexford County Council, FDYS and the local community have combined forces to develop a new Youth Centre in Bridgetown. The initiative was the subject of a well-attended Open Evening in the Bridgetown Community Centre on Wednesday 24th May last, where games, crafts and fun was the order of the evening, followed by refreshments for all.
The Youth Centre project is being delivered via a partnership between Wexford County Council and FDYS in response to the needs of local residents using a highly effective whole of family approach model. The project plans to establish a dynamic team of staff and volunteers to develop support services for local residents in an environment where they will feel supported, valued and welcome.
In welcoming all those present to the recent Open Evening, Chief Executive of FDYS, Kieran Donohoe, stressed to the young people of the area that the Centre was their space in which to feel safe and to have fun. “FDYS is delighted to work with Wexford County Council in making this space available to the young people of the area”, said Mr. Donohoe. “The focus of the Youth Centre and the manner and direction in which it will operate will come directly from the young people and we hope the community will actively engage with this worthy initiative and help us in our efforts”.
Ger Mackey of Wexford County Council’s Community Department spoke of the need for such a facility in the Bridgetown area and explained how the demand for a Youth Centre was identified through research and local knowledge. He welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with FDYS and congratulated the FDYS team on the quality of service delivery being made available to the young people of the area.
Mayor of Wexford Cllr. Jim Moore was also fulsome in his praise of all those involved in developing the Bridgetown Youth Centre. “Wexford County Council recognises that as a rapidly growing community, Bridgetown needs and is deserving of these facilities. We thank FDYS for their support and hard work in getting this project off the ground so quickly and we also congratulate the local community for the manner in which they have wholeheartedly embraced the Youth Centre project from the very beginning.
Cllr. Mick Roche was also in attendance at the Open Evening. Cllr. Roche spoke warmly of his dream for such a project over the last ten years, saying it was incredible to be finally standing in the facility, while Cllr. Michael Sheehan, who also attended the Open Evening wished the project well and outlined plans by Wexford County Council to extend such services to the New Ross area.
Avril Murphy, FDYS youth worker responsible for the design and oversight of the new premises brought the evening to a close by stressing that young people were at the heart of her work. She asked the young people of the area to spread the word so that everyone in the Community could participate in and support the Bridgetown Youth Centre project.
The Bridgetown Youth Centre will be opening on a phased basis and will be concentrating on an exciting summer programme where young people can gather and have fun. There will be between 15 and 25 young people coming each evening where pool, snacks, table football, youth information, youth supports and fun are on hand. A young women’s support group is also planned for the near future.
Additional information can be found by calling to the Project or by telephoning FDYS Wexford on 053 912 3262
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