Cross­care Swords takes its place at ‘youth show­case’

Fingal Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

Cross­care Swords was proud to rep­re­sent the area at the re­cent Na­tional Youth Show­case hosted by the Na­tional Youth Coun­cil of Ire­land.

The show­case brought to­gether over 350 young peo­ple rep­re­sent­ing ev­ery con­stituency in Ire­land to cel­e­brate the value, di­ver­sity and vi­tal­ity of youth work in Ire­land. A key mes­sage emerg­ing from the day was that hun­dreds of thou­sands of young peo­ple and their com­mu­ni­ties take part in and ben­e­fit from youth work, and that we need to sus­tain and in­crease sup­port for youth work to meet the needs of our grow­ing youth pop­u­la­tion.

The event – or­gan­ised by the NYCI – was opened by Min­is­ter for Chil­dren and Youth Af­fairs, Dr Kather­ine Zap­pone, TD and gave young peo­ple from around Ire­land the op­por­tu­nity to speak di­rectly to pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives and share with them first-hand what they do, what they learn and the ben­e­fits of youth work for them and their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Min­is­ter Zap­pone said: ‘My mis­sion is to en­sure that young voices are heard. By bring­ing young peo­ple from across the coun­try to the home of the first Dáil we are giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage di­rectly with politi­cians. They will be able to set out their vi­sion for their com­mu­ni­ties, coun­ties and our coun­try.’

Also speak­ing at the event, Ian Power, Pres­i­dent of the NYCI said: ‘This event show­cases the ex­cep­tional qual­ity of youth work hap­pen­ing through­out Ire­land, and cel­e­brates the con­tri­bu­tion of young peo­ple to Ir­ish so­ci­ety and our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.’

Mem­bers of Cross­care Swords with lo­cal Fianna Fail TD Dar­ragh O’brien.

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