£4,000 has been awarded towards a project which aims to support a group of young volunteers through a process of work experience, training, community activism and personal development. This project will support 10 young adults through a yearlong programme of volunteering and community action. The project will enhance their skills, develop their capacity and provide a springboard for these young people into the world of work. It will involve residentials, skills training and mentoring and will challenge the negative stereotyping of young people. As a result of their participation in the programme, young people will gain the skills and confidence to take their first steps into the world of work. They will enhance their own social capital and learn the skills of leadership and the value of community action; the rewards of hard work and benefits of co-operation and working with others.
Artillery Youth Centre is a youth-led project for young adults based in the New Lodge area of North Belfast. It is independent and works with marginalised groups including young parents, young offenders, youth at risk and school-refusers. It aims to work in partnership with young people to create a professional, imaginative and creative youth service for this community; by delivering a series of programmes and projects that will help increase confidence and self-esteem and thereby encourage the participation of young people in their own community.