Fermanagh’s own Youth Bank programme has successfully prioritised its’ options ...
Fermanagh Youth Bank, a grant making committee run by young people is currently recruiting members aged 16-25.
An open evening will be held on Monday 30th January at Fermanagh House. Anyone interested in becoming a Youth Bank member is welcome to drop in anytime between 5-7pm for pizza and a chat.
Youth Bank is unique youth led initiative which sees young people becoming grant makers, having active involvement in the planning, awarding money to local projects and addressing what they believe are the key needs for Fermanagh’s young people.
The purpose of Youth Bank is to develop leadership, build capacity among the young grant makers and create opportunities for local groups to receive funding and engage in community action. Fermanagh Youth Bank enables young people to take responsibility for making decisions over grants and how money is spent. Members also have the opportunity to complete OCN Level 2 in Grant Making which is an added bonus and an excellent addition to their CVs.
The process involves identifying where funding should go, creating application procedures and criteria, undertake publicity work, interview applicants, write reports to assist decision making and follow up to learn what has or has not worked. There will also be an opportunity to take part in residentials with other Youth Banks.
There are a number of Youth Bank’s throughout Ireland. In Fermanagh the Youth Bank is administered by the Fermanagh Trust. This year the Trust are teaming up with Volunteer Now to help deliver the project. Previous Youth Banks in Fermanagh have successfully awarded £1000s to a number of local innovative projects, making a difference and empowering young people.
Lauri McCusker, Director of the Fermanagh Trust said “We are delighted to again be supporting such a unique project which not only provides grants but brings together young people from all sections of the community and also affords them the opportunity to address issues and concerns of direct importance to them. This is a chance to learn new skills, gain a new qualification, have fun and make a difference in your community.”
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