New funding agreement for Limerick Youth Service

TY students at Coláiste Íde agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale, who supported Limerick Youth Service in delivering the Moving On Up Transition Programme

In a conscious decision to broaden the geographic reach of our educational programmes, basis.point announced a new funding agreement for Limerick Youth Service. The initial grant will be €50,000 spread over a two year period and brings cumulative investment in Munster to €1.1million.

Excited to see this development, Alan Holmes, basis.point disbursements committee member, commented that the new partnership with Limerick Youth Service allowed basis.point to more closely match educational support in areas that reflect the regional spread of our corporate patrons.

L-R Sinead Colreavy, EY and Chair of Disbursements with Alan Holmes, Independent Director

The past two years have been difficult for young teenagers particularly those living in underserved communities and rural isolation. These young people have traditionally engaged with youth projects and community centres and many of these services have been seriously curtailed over the past two years.

Home schooling and the lack of social outlets have resulted in many young teenagers loosing confidence and social interpersonal skills.

The Moving on Up Programme run in association with Limerick Youth Service, aims to build back up this confidence in young people as they transition from primary to secondary school. Led by the Youth Work Department, the Moving On Up Programme will engage with 500 Sixth Class students annually in 25 primary schools across Limerick City and County.

For most students the move from primary to secondary school is an exciting time, however, for some it can be quite challenging, as they move from a small rural school to a big second level school with 900 students. (Shay, youth worker)

Coláiste Íde agus Íosef, Abbeyfeake

As part of the Moving On Up Programme, the students will complete six modules focusing on: positive wellbeing & resilience, peer pressure & bullying, communication, friendships, school rules & timetables and concerns & fears. The Moving On Up Programme will equip the students with the practical, social and emotional skills to enjoy and embrace learning during their time in second level.

Edel O’Malley, basis.point CEO and native of Limerick city, is excited about the impact this programme can have on the local area.

We first met LYS during our Covid appeal and were really impressed with the work that they do. Enhancing the educational, personal and social development of young people closely aligns with our core values.

It will be exciting to follow their progress. We wish them well.

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