There was a very welcome early Christmas present for over 3,500 young people in Mayo, members of 73 Foróige clubs in Mayo in the form of a once-off equipment grant for clubs.
The funding was in recognition of the important role of volunteer-led youth clubs/groups in supporting young people, and their engagement with the incorporation of the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups (NQSVLYG). The once off equipment was made available in 2017, to support the work of volunteers, enhance the experience of members, and provide vital equipment to local youth clubs/groups.
The Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme (LYCES) was provided by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and is administered locally by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) on behalf of DCYA and provided small scale equipment grants to local youth clubs/groups for equipment such as: Storage, IT equipment, electrical equipment, sporting equipment, arts and drama equipment.
The funding has been welcomed by Mary Chris O’Malley, Chairperson of Mayo Foróige District Council who paid particular thanks to Breda Ruane and the staff of the Mayo Sligo Leitirn Education & Training Board (MSLETB) in Castlebar for their help and support.