EA Youth Service Small Grants Programme funds unique photography project

Young people from Armoy are leading a unique photography project that aims to bridge the generational gap in the North Antrim village.

Participants in the Small Grants Programme

Through the Education Authority Youth Service Small Grants Programme, young people obtained funding to work with the village’s over-55s club to create a photography exhibition that will reflect the experiences of growing up and living in Armoy.

The Small Grants Programme was set-up to allow young people to administer grants to other young people, supporting projects that have been planned for young people by young people.

“The grant programme encourages the role of young people as decision-makers within the local and wider community, and a group of 9-15 year olds from Armoy have successfully obtained finding to work with the Over-55s Club on a photography project,” explained Tara McHugh Logan, EA Youth Worker for the Causeway Rural area.

“This group of young people and over-55s will explore the themes of growing up and feeling safe through the medium of photography and their creative journey will be shared with the wider community in an exhibition in February 2019.”

Matthew Johnston, aged 12, who led the application process is looking forward to working with older members of his community.

People often think that older and younger people don’t like each other. We want to prove this wrong,” said Matthew.

The project will be delivered locally from the Tilly Molloy building on Monday evenings between 6.30-9pm beginning on 22nd October.

Margaret Fitzsimons, Chairperson of Armoy Over-55s Club, believes that both generations will learn from each other.

“This is a great opportunity to engage with young people living in Armoy. I look forward to both generations learning together as the project develops. I have no doubt that both young and old will find things out about Armoy that they didn’t know before.”

Gerry Burns of Armoy Community Association added: 

“These young people are Armoy’s future. This is a fantastic project for the young and not so young to build skills and make friendships, and also to have fun while doing it.”

For more information, or to get in touch with Tara McHugh Logan who is delivering the project, contact tara.mchugh@eani.org.uk or telephone 028 20769145 or 07894295031.

Last modified: 31/10/2018