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Ministers open £1.6million upgrade at St Malachy’s Youth Centre, Belfast

Education Minister, John O’Dowd and Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland have officially opened St Malachy’s Youth Centre, Belfast, following a £1.6million upgrade.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Speaking during the opening ceremony, Minister O’Dowd said: “St Malachy’s Youth Centre provides a setting where young people can meet, make friends and take part in structured activities in a safe and welcoming environment. It is my aim that all young people have access to a wide range of opportunities and the appropriate support to enable them to build their skills and confidence.

“The young people at St Malachy’s are already benefiting from such opportunities and the new facilities will only enhance that experience further.”

Commenting on his recent funding announcement for the youth sector, the Minister said: “This is an exciting time for the youth sector with my recent announcement of £12million for 53 capital works projects in the voluntary sector. I believe this investment will help make a real difference to educational and lifelong outcomes for the young people.”

Minister McCausland said: "I know the important role that youth organisations, such as St Malachy’s play in terms of offering activities which encourage positive behaviour and team working among young people. Such activities create a culture of community involvement and volunteering. They also develop leadership, helping young people to become responsible citizens who can make a constructive contribution to their community and wider society.

“Through a wide range of programmes and activities the youth sector helps build young people’s self esteem and confidence, alongside offering an outlet for them to make new friends and have fun. For years to come this youth centre will offer young people a safe environment that will contribute to their health and well being.”

Concluding, both Ministers congratulated everyone at St Malachy’s for their dedication, commitment and determination which has impacted on the lives of so many young people in the area.

Notes to editors:

  1. The Department of Education’s ‘Education Works’ campaign encourages families to play, talk, read and count with their child and to ‘Get Involved Because Education Works’. The campaign highlights the vital role families can play in helping children do well at school and improve their life chances. Visit nidirect for more information. Watch the TV ad on the Department’s YouTube channel.
  2. View photos from the Department of Education in our Flickr collection  
  3. Media enquiries to the Department of Education’s Communications Team on Tel: 028 9127 9207. Out of office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699715440 and your call will be returned.