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Newry based Clanrye Group has been awarded over £100K from the International Fund for Ireland. A total of £2,337,765 was awarded to projects in their latest funding.

Clanrye Group based in Newry will utilise £100,078 to deliver a cross-community youth development programme based on good relations, personal development, social development, employability and vocational skills development, promoting the social inclusion of each participant through the theme of peace and reconciliation.

The latest IFI funding allocation will support 23 projects in their peace and reconciliation work across Northern Ireland and the Southern border counties.

IFI Chairman  Paddy Harte is pictured along with Board Members
IFI Chairman Paddy Harte pictured along with International Fund for Ireland Board Members

A significant proportion of funding will focus on the Fund’s Personal Youth Development Programme (PYDP). Launched in 2015, the programme works with 16-25 year olds who have faced a range of complex issues including; poor mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, difficult family backgrounds and been in or close to the criminal justice system.

Commenting on the latest funding package, IFI Chairman, Paddy Harte says: “The IFI’s work is more relevant than ever. The continued lack of political leadership alongside an increase in hard line opinions on Brexit and dissident activity means that many communities feel more isolated and entrenched with little support on the ground to deliver positive outcomes.

“The IFI is delivering interventions and prepared to go where other agencies cannot to offer better pathways for engagement and growth. Our PYDP programme in particular is like no other youth initiative. It is tailored to the individual, develops much needed life skills, instils confidence and prepares young people for positive life choices and employment.”

The IFI’s Personal Youth Development Programme has engaged with over 1800 young people with 3278 accreditations received, 528 progressing into education and training with 390 securing employment."

Mr Harte added: “Young people today face more challenges than ever and they often feel that society has let them down. 

 “Growing tensions within communities alongside high levels of social and economic deprivation all work hand in hand to spur on those opposed to the Peace Process who continue to try and radicalise young people through paramilitary recruitment.

 “We will continue to engage with those who have benefited little from the Good Friday Agreement and help young people to transform and become positive role models within their local communities.”

 The Chairman took the opportunity to thank the international donors to the Fund - the European Union and the Governments of the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - for their support.

Further information about all the beneficiaries from the International Fund for Ireland’s latest funding package is available here:  WWW.INTERNATIONALFUNDFORIRELAND.COM or Twitter @FundforIreland

The International Fund for Ireland is an independent, international organisation established by the Irish and British Governments in 1986. The Fund’s main objectives are to promote economic and social advance and encourage contact, dialogue and reconciliation between Unionists and Nationalists throughout Ireland. 

Since its inception, the Fund has committed more than £740m/ €927m to a wide variety of projects in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties of Ireland.

Developing and funding initiatives that tackle segregation and promote integration to build a lasting peace in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties is a key priority for the Fund.

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