Budget ‘recognises impact of Covid-19 on young people’
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents groups working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – has ‘warmly welcomed’ the additional €5 million in funding provided for youth services nationwide in Budget 2021 announced by Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Dr Roderic O’Gorman TD, today.
Youth services funding welcome
Reacting to the budget Mary Cunningham, CEO of the NYCI, said: “The €5m in additional investment in youth services announced in Budget 2021 is very welcome. This funding indicates a recognition of the impact Covid-19 on young people’s lives, and the vital role youth services play in helping respond to and mitigate the worst of these,
“We would also like to thank Minister McGrath for recognising the role of the youth sector in this, his first Budget.”
Minister’s Role acknowledged
“We would like to acknowledge Minister O’Gorman’s role in ensuring that this recognition has translated into funding that will help the youth sector continue to provide essential supports for our growing youth population.
“We look forward to working with the Minister and his officials to ensure the increased allocation delivers for young people,” continued Ms Cunningham.
Youth Services supporting young people through the Pandemic
“It is important to remember the scale of the youth work sector, where 1,400 staff working with over 40,000 volunteers to support more than 380,000 young people up and down the country.
“Youth services, when properly resourced, are ideally placed to help many young people deal with the impact of living with this pandemic, particularly the most vulnerable young people as noted in our recent report on the contribution of youth work during Covid-19.
“Our members have worked hard to make the case locally that the large volume of youth work programmes and services providing vital supports to young people nationwide need additional funding.
“And with our growing youth population set to surpass one million by 2025, investment in universal youth services is more important now than ever. We are delighted that this has been recognised by the Minister and Government, concluded Ms Cunningham.
CONTACT: Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI email@example.com 087 781 4903
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