Over 140 youth leaders received certificates to mark their “continued personal and professional development” at a ceremony organised by the Education Authority’s Youth Service.
The presentation evening took place at Glengormley Youth Centre, Newtownabbey (Wednesday 1 June 2016) where youth leaders and young people gathered to receive qualifications in a range of key areas as part of the Education Authority’s ongoing youth leader development programme.
“The Education Authority Youth Service is keen to continue the development of its young people and adult leaders,” said Francis Loughlin, Acting Area Youth Officer for the Newtownabbey, Carrick and Larne area.
“A comprehensive training programme is offered each year to all part-time youth workers and uniformed organisation leaders. This presentation night is a result of this developmental training and marks a further milestone in their continued personal and professional development.
“The training programme offers an opportunity for leaders to learn new skills and add to their qualifications. The key outcome for the EA Youth Service is that it improves our service to the young people.
“I congratulate and commend all leaders who successfully completed courses and qualifications. It demonstrates the huge commitment and dedication of youth leaders in the area.”
A wide range of qualifications and training courses were offered, from Youth Support Workers Qualification, Child Protection Training, Youth Development, Youth Leadership, Youth Peer Leadership, Millennium Volunteers, Youth Exchange Groups to Emergency First Aid and Basic Food Safety.
Certificates were presented by Ursula Meehan, Senior Youth Officer and Francis Loughlin to those leaders and young people who successfully completed one of the courses.
A special award was also presented to Ballyduff Club CC. The Danny Nolan Memorial Award is presented each year to a youth group that has demonstrated consistently high standards of work in the social development of young people.
This year the winners were a group of young people from Ballyduff who developed and delivered a youth work programme for younger children in the area. Ballyduff Club CC is an area youth project led by Alwyn Honan, senior youth worker with EA’s Mossley Area Projects.