It was all smiles at Doon Community Centre recently as youth initiatives from Limerick’s Ballyhoura region received a much needed funding courtesy of a local YouthBank initiative.
Allocated by members of Limerick Youth Service’s BOLD (an acronym for Bank of Life Changing Dosh) YouthBank, the grants will enable youth clubs and a local teenager to purchase much needed equipment for their respective clubs.
AmonThe grant recipients were Doon and Pallasgreen youth clubs and local teenager Seán Byrnes who will use his grant award to start a Trike Club.
Among the recipients was local teenager Seán Byrnes will use the YouthBank grant to purchase a handtrike with a view to establishing Limerick’s first Hand-Trike club for young people with Spina-Bifida.
Meanwhile the YouthBank grant will Doon and Pallasgreen Youth Clubs to purchase much needed equipment for their clubs with the latter planning on placement a pool table on their Christmas wishlist.
‘Pool is very popular at our club with the pool table a meeting point for our members,’ said Ciara O’Neill, volunteer with Pallasgreen Youth Club.
‘Our members love playing pool and it’s a great way for new members to get involved and meet new people,’ said Ciara adding ‘it doesn’t matter how good or not so good you are!’
What Is YouthBank?
BOLD (Bank of Life Changing Dosh) YouthBank, consisted of students from Scoil na Trionaide, Doon, who took part in the YouthBank programme with LYS as part of a Transition Year project.
As part of the YouthBank programme, the students participated in a comprehensive training programme where they learned new skills in leadership, team-work and communication to name but a few.
The young people raised funds by bag-packing at the local supermarket with all monies raised matched by YouthBank Ireland.‘From our initial meetings, raising funds and allocating grants the young people gave it their all and should be very proud of their achievements,’ said Paul Broderick, LYS adding ‘they went above and beyond’ in their commitment to YouthBank.’
LYS would like to congratulate the members of BOLD YouthBank on their commitment and dedication to the programme.
BOLD YouthBank Ireland was supported by LYS, YouthBank Ireland, Limerick City & County Council and the Ballyhoura Community Development Leader programme.
A member of Youth Work Ireland, LYS is committed to connecting with young people and supporting them to reach their full potential.