Exciting new youth programme commences in Derg

Date published: 07 October 2019

The Department for Communities (DfC) has launched the roll out of the Uniting Communities Through Sport and Creativity programme within the Derg area in County Tyrone.

The Programme is part of the Northern Ireland Executive’s Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) Strategy, delivered by DfC in a number of urban and rural locations. It uses sport and creativity to bring young people together and to build good relations within communities. 

This exciting new programme, delivered on behalf of the Department by Todds Leap and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, aims to bring young people aged 11-24 from different backgrounds together to build a community where they can play a full and active role in building good relations and, perhaps, become the next generation of community leaders. 

Kathryn Hill, Director of Active Communities Division within DfC, commented: “We are thrilled to be working in the Derg area to deliver this ambitious programme of activities and youth leadership.  We hope to bring a range of opportunities for young people, as well as local community organisations.  I look forward to following the progress of the programme and celebrating the achievements of the young people involved.”

Pauline Quinn, Director of Todds Leap, commented: “We are incredibly excited to be working with the Uniting Communities Team again on this programme. It is a fantastic opportunity for the local Derg area and the young people to try new things, learn new skills and make lasting friendships. Todds Leap are delighted to be a part of this programme.”

Johnny Davis, Operations Manager for Dame Kelly Holmes Trust in Northern Ireland, said, “We are pleased to be bringing this fantastic programme to the Derg area.  We are looking forward to working with our partners at DfC, Todds Leap and Peace Players NI to deliver this world class programme to the local young people.”

DfC, Todds Leap and Dame Kelly Holmes Trust are hosting an information evening for interested youth organisations and community groups on Monday 14 October, 7.00pm-9.00pm in Derg Valley Leisure Centre. Anyone who is interested in finding out more information on the programme is more than welcome to attend.

Notes to editors: 

1. For additional information, or to register your interest in the programme, please contact Todd's Leap

2. An initial meeting took place recently between delivery partners to commence delivery planning. Photo from left – Fergal O’Donnell (Todds Leap), Johnny Davis (DKHT) Pauline Quinn (Todds Leap), Michael Reilly (DfC) Sharon Murphy (Todds Leap) and Gareth Harper (Peace Players NI)

3. For updates on the Department for Communities follow us on Twitter - @CommunitiesNI

4. For media enquiries or images please contact the DfC Press Office on 028 9082 3532. Out of office hours contact the duty press officer on 028 9037 8110.

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