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Original Article here by Echo Live
THE Lord Mayor of Cork has praised efforts by youth services in the city for providing young people with activities and focused challenges for the summer.
As many summer camps and programmes fell victim to the Covid-19 pandemic, Cork ETB – in conjunction with various youth projects – stepped up to provide weekly recreational options for young people.
Youth Worker with Youth Work Ireland Cork explained “In a time where it is so difficult to organise activities for youth groups due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was a fantastic initiative by CETB to organise these activities for the youth services in Cork. For many young people, this was the first social, group activity they have participated in since March that was not online. At Youth Work Ireland Cork, we will continue throughout the summer to link in with our members and try to provide as many activities & supports as possible”
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Joe Kavanagh yesterday visited the Lee Fields to see groups from Mayfield and Knocknaheeny take part in kayaking on the river.
Eight such youth groups will have availed of the Urban Adventure Programme by the end of the summer, alongside wall-climbing, both of which were facilitated by the Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre.
“We wanted to show that activities can still take place despite the restrictions and the fact that all the activities were so well attended by the young people themselves illustrated the huge need for positive outlets,” said Ruth Griffin, CETB Youth Services Manager.
“A new funding programme, UBU – Your Place, Your Space – is also kicking in which will focus the activities of youth projects run by the likes of Foroige, Cloyne Diocesan Youth Service, YMCA, Youth Work Ireland and independent organisations to those who most need help and support.
“Cork ETB is there to support these service providers in reaching the young people who might struggle most post Covid-19 and these summer activities helped to bridge gaps,” she continued.
Cork ETB (CETB), in partnership with the Lord Mayor of Cork and Cork County Mayor Cllr Ian Doyle, also organised the We Are Cork Youth Challenge for summer 2020 to give youngsters an opportunity to jump into a fresh skill or develop existing talents.
Some 30 challenges across music, arts, society, environment, sport and technology have been set with registered participants asked to complete 20 tasks over the summer months and record their experiences for others to see.
A special Mayor’s medal will be given to each successful participant with IT prizes also up for grabs for the most creative and exciting challenges.