Alliance Leader Naomi Long has said the launch of new cross-border initiative Third Space will provide valuable support for vulnerable young people and promote the benefits of good working relationships across borders and communities.
Aiming to promote positive relationships across Northern Ireland and particularly the border regions, the project will involve 14-24 year olds and through the partnership of Extern and Verbal Arts was awarded EU funding.
Naomi Long MLA said: “I was delighted to attend the launch of this project in Derry~Londonderry, recognising the value a scheme based on inclusion, respect and celebrating cultural diversity will have, not only on those who take part, but the lasting legacy.
“The project includes young people from greater Belfast, the North West and border counties and is a great opportunity for young people to get to know others from completely different backgrounds, share their stories and experiences and learn from each other.
“It was fantastic to meet with some of the young people taking part and hear their hopes for the project and their own personal development. Giving young people the support and skills to find their voice, express their views and articulate their needs and concerns, builds the confidence and resilience needed to deal with life’s challenges.
“The investment which Extern and Verbal Arts are making in young people is crucial to giving them the skills to build better futures for themselves, their families and their local communities and building a better and more shared future for us all.”