Con­cern as youth drug role at risk

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YOUTH drug preven­tion ser­vices in County Wick­low could be un­der threat if fund­ing is cut to the East Coast Drugs Task Force.

Cllr Ni­cola Law­less raised the is­sue at a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing and said that the job of the county’s Youth Drug In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer could be in jeop­ardy if fund­ing cuts are sanc­tioned.

‘I know she is only one per­son, but this par­tic­u­lar lady cov­ers the youth ser­vices, all the way from Ark­low up to Bray. She’s one per­son cov­er­ing a mas­sive area and does a mas­sive amount of work. She’s ask­ing us, that maybe we can make rep­re­sen­ta­tion to ac­tu­ally stop her fund­ing from be­ing cut,’ she said,

Cllr Law­less asked for all coun­cil­lors to agree to write to the task force and out­lined their con­cerns.

‘If we don’t have this youth in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer within Wick­low, our chil­dren are miss­ing out on some­thing very vi­tal within the area, so I’m just look­ing here for support from my fel­low coun­cil­lors, if we can ac­tu­ally just write to the east coast drugs task force and ask them to con­sider maybe not cut­ting the fund­ing as she is one per­son cov­er­ing Ark­low right up to Bray,’ she said,

Cathaoirelach Chris Fox agreed that it is vi­tal that there are no more cuts to this ser­vice.

‘She works un­der the youth ser­vice as well, she has done ef­fec­tive work in New­town, Ark­low, they are hold­ing youth groups to­gether. Our youth are very im­por­tant so it’s vi­tal we don’t see any more cuts,’ he said.

Cllr Law­less’ pro­posal was sec­onded by Cllr Joe Be­han.

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