Barcroft Carnagat Early Intervention Programme a huge success

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Friday, November 1st, 2013
CRJI in Newry/Armagh recently delivered an early intervention programme to a group of 20 young people aged 10-18 years old from the Barcroft and Carnagat areas on restorative approaches and understanding and dealing with anti-social behaviour. The programme was funded by the Youth Justice Agency’s Small Grants Scheme, and was delivered over a number of weeks in Barcroft Community Centre and Carnagat Community House. CRJI’s Elizabeth Kimmins (CRJI) said the sessions were very well attended and that participation from the young people was excellent. “This programme’s success was down to the high level of commitment shown by this fantastic group of young people,” explained Liz. “They wholeheartedly took part in all the discussions throughout the sessions. Young people often do not get enough credit for the positive choices they make. Therefore I feel it is essential for the wider community to acknowledge the effort and time the young people put into this course. “Their commitment to learning was,” Liz insisted, “very evident throughout, and they participated fully in the role-plays, discussions, and the production of a DVD which demonstrates the development of their understanding of restorative approaches and the impact of anti-community behaviour on others.” She added, “The community associations played an invaluable role in the successful delivery of this programme. CRJI will be holding a presentation event in the coming weeks for all those who completed this programme in recognition of their achievements.”
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