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Coyle commends WELB, DOJ and PCSP on Youth Project

Published: 11 March, 2015

Sinn Fein Councillor Debbie Coyle has praised the Western Education and Library Board, the Department of Justice and Fermanagh PCSP on a recent project aimed at 14 to 17 year olds.

Speaking from the launch of the app, designed by the teenagers, Councillor Coyle said,

"This project was carried out by the WELB and funded by the Department of Justice and the PCSP. It was aimed at 14 to 17 year olds and the intention was to create awareness around drug and alcohol abuse.

"However, during the course of the project it amounted to so much more. The young people looked at different types of risk taking behaviour and took part in a number of workshops in areas such as road safety, drugs and alcohol and cyber bullying.

"The young people also developed new skills, developed in confidence and met new people - all of which are priceless features of a programme like this and will stand to the young people for years to come.

The Enniskillen Town councillor continues,

"The outcome of the programme is an app, the content of which was solely developed by the young participants. The content focuses on the dangers of drugs and alcohol, has a short quiz to test your knowledge on the issue and provides helpline contact details. This app will be promoted throughout the 80 WELB run youth clubs across Fermanagh and it will be free to download from the Apple App store.

"I think it was a brilliant initiative and I am so proud of the participants. I want to thank the WELB, the PSCP and the Department of Justice for carrying out and funding this programme and I sincerely hope there are similar programs in the near future." ENDS