Ten youth capital investment schemes given the go-ahead

Date published: 29 November 2018

Ten capital investment schemes for the voluntary youth sector have been announced today by the Department of Education.


These schemes will now progress to the planning stages under the Voluntary Youth Capital Scheme, which was introduced in 2016 and provides for investment in the facilities needed to support youth work.  This follows ten schemes which were announced in June this year. 

Funding under this scheme can be used for improving facilities, refurbishments and meeting the needs of young people who are at risk of social exclusion. 

Department of Education Permanent Secretary, Derek Baker, said: “I am delighted to be able to give approval to progress a further ten voluntary youth capital projects through the business case, design and planning stages.  This is good news for the youth sector which does such important work in supporting our children and young people.  

“Good quality youth work has a positive impact on the lives of young people. It can make a real difference to their future and help them to achieve their full potential. This capital scheme gives youth organisations across Northern Ireland the opportunity to significantly improve the services they offer to young people.”

The youth organisations proceeding to the planning stage are - 

Corpus Christi Youth Centre, Belfast 
Ballysillan Youth for Christ Community Drop-in, Belfast
Bann Valley Community Group, Portglenone
Christ Church Youth Council, Dundonald
Marrowbone Community Association, Belfast
Girlguiding Ulster, Lorne House, Holywood
West Kirk Youth & Community Project, Belfast
St Peter's Immaculata Youth Club, Belfast
Riding For the Disabled Fort Centre, Maghera
Carrowshee Park / Sylvan Hill Community Association (Carrosyl), Lisnaskea

Notes to editors: 

Notes to Editors

  1. The call for applications under the Voluntary Youth Capital Scheme was launched in 2016. 
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