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Ministers visit Shankill and Falls to see integrated services

Gerry Kelly and Robin Newton visited the Shankill and Falls today to hear about an integrated service aimed at helping young people raise their aspirations.
Thursday, 2 December 2010

The Junior Ministers heard how the Integrated Services for Children and Young People (ISCYP) also provides support on issues such as health and well being, education and support for parents.

Junior Minister Kelly said: "We have been very impressed today by the work of the Integrated Services, which was one of a number of services funded by the OFMDFM £5million Integrated Development Fund (IDF) for Shankill and West Belfast. They are giving hope to many young people living in severe deprivation in the area.

"Giving help and guidance to children whose communities have suffered with high unemployment, widespread poverty, social exclusion and low levels of educational achievement. The Service has helped to open new doors of opportunity to them as well as expand their young minds and encourage them not only to dream about a better future but to work towards achieving it.

Junior Minister Newton added: "Credit is owed to everyone involved with ISCYP who have helped to delivered an integrated model which aims to make the most effective use of limited resources to improve the outcomes for our most at risk children, youth and families.

"We know that greater integration of services leads to better results and brighter futures for our children, young people and their families. The service has provided a one-stop-shop approach to helping children on their journey through education and beyond, targeting important key stages in their lives from birth to 25 years old."

Ministers visited the Spectrum Centre on the Shankill Road and the Newstart Building off the Falls Road.

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