Youth Film Project launched in Newry

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Friday, December 23rd, 2016
three-waysThe Neighbourhood Renewal Intercommunity Youth film project has been launched by Chairperson of Newry Mourne and Down District Council Cllr Gillian Fitzpatrick along with Catherine McInerney, Deputy principal Department for Communities. The project was funded through the Neighbourhood Renewal Youth engagement programme and involves the making of three distinct films looking at key issues that impact on young people and the wider community. The issues include driving and being distracted, Social Media, bullying and planned fights and the final aspect is anti social behaviour, with the emphasis on throwing stones at cars and other vehicles. The films when completed will be showcased in the Omniplex in March 2017. Speaking at the launch the chairperson commended the young people involved and all the supporting agencies. She also paid tribute to the Threeways and Bosco youth projects for their work in the development of this project. Article continues below: 2nd-dec-2016-big-boxCllr Fitzpatrick also thanked the Department for Communities (DfC) for their continued financial and administrative support. She also commended her own Council officials and fellow councillors. Finally she paid tribute to the Neighbourhood Renewal (NR) partnership for their dedication and commitment as they help to deliver the NR investment programme and she wished the project every success. Kaylem McShane, one of the participants on the project, thanked everyone for supporting young people to take ownership of the project. “As young people we are too often identified as a problem within our communities, but if we are given the right support we can become the solution to many problems,” he said.
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30th-nov-2016-small-boxDavid Vint, Assistant Director at Southern Regional College (SRC), spoke of his admiration for all involved and in particular the young people who were helping to make the project a reality. He also commended his own staff within the media department in SRC. Mr Vint added that SRC is very much a community college who have a very outward looking team who work closely with local communities to listen to their voice and deliver programmes that can make a real difference.
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