Coca-Cola today announced that it has awarded €130,000 to community groups in Ireland and Northern Ireland for a series of innovative projects which will support and inspire young people. Extern Limerick is receiving €30,000 from the
Extern will work with ten young people over two years, equipping them with stable management and equitation expertise, and helping them to develop confidence and life skills such as team work and time management.
Eight not-for-profit groups will receive €10,000 each for initiatives including a dedicated online support platform for young people run by Turn2Me. On Inishbofin, Co. Galway, local craftsmen will work with the young people of the island to build four currachs, keeping a vital skill alive for the next generation. Classes focused on building leadership skills will also be offered to the young people by Inishbofin Community Services Programme.
Sports Against Racism Ireland has received funding for its Diverse City Soccernites Young Leader Programme. This is a series of free weekly soccer classes for 120 young women of all backgrounds in Dublin’s inner city that will run in tandem with a certified Young Leader Programme that challenges prejudices and promotes cultural integration and active citizenship.
Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement, said: “Every young person needs the support of the community where they grow up. We need our families, but we also need organisations like those being rewarded today. If you can get a young person involved in an organisation or cause they care about, they become empowered to play a positive role in our community. They gain a circle of friends with similar interests and, as they gain more experience, can help those younger than themselves become involved as well. Among the projects receiving grants from the
“The variety and ingenuity of the projects receiving Funding today is truly remarkable. The brief issued by
An additional four organisations will each receive €5,000 for programmes such as Tramore Community Radio’s young people's media project focused on confidence building and personal development through radio production and presentation.
“The best way to reach young people and help them acquire skills that they will use throughout their lives is by getting them involved with groups that serve their passions. There is no such thing as one size fits all, and the projects funded by the
Matthieu Seguin, General Manager,
“We are so grateful to our distinguished panel of judges who met all our shortlisted groups and had the difficult task of determining who was to receive funding. The response we received to the
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The full list of projects being awarded grants from the
· €30K – Extern Limerick for its ‘Jumping Hurdles Horse Project’, providing young people across Limerick city with the competencies to seek and gain employment in the equine sector.
· €10K – Beacon of Light Counselling Centre to address anger management issues by providing psychotherapy and martial arts training for young men from disadvantaged backgrounds.
· €10K – Gaisce to introduce young people in Direct Provision to its President's Award programme.
· €10K – Inishbofin Community Project to equip Inishbofin’s young population with life skills, in part through building traditional island currachs under the guidance of a local craftsman.
· €10K – Sports Against Racism Ireland for its Diverse City Soccernites Young Leader Programme. This is a series of free weekly soccer classes young women of all backgrounds in Dublin’s inner city, run alongside a certified Young Leader Programme that challenges prejudices and promotes cultural integration and active citizenship.
· €10K – Turn2Me to develop a safe, online community for young people where they can find support and share positive coping experiences with their peers, all under the guidance of a fully trained facilitator.
· €10K – Co-operation Ireland for its Legacy Youth Leadership Programme, enabling young people to develop skills to become leaders of change in their communities.
· €10K – Drake Music Project for its Music and Machines, programme, which facilitates young people with disabilities and their peers in accessing independent music making workshops.
· €10K – Cedar Foundation to develop and implement a recruitment and training programme in partnership with ten disabled young people.
· €5K – Antrim Youth Information and Counselling Centre to enable its youth group FOCUS to deliver a new HI-5 Emotional Health and Wellbeing Programme.
· €5K – Orchardville Society to enhance the leadership skills of its User Forum, which is comprised of service users with an intellectual disability who have the opportunity to influence decision making.
· €5K – Tramore Community Radio for a young people's media project focused on confidence building and personal development through radio production and presentation.
· €5K – Cushendall Development Group to provide specialist training to young people in the Middle Glens who are not currently in employment or education.
Cillian Murphy, Q4PR. 01-4751444 and 086-4107750