Boost for youth services in Cookstown
MP Patsy McGlone said, “The SDLP welcomes the Education Authority’s commitment to secure new downtown property in Cookstown for its youth workspace services.
“This follows the decision in June to temporarily use the Youth Resource Center as a learning space for children attending Sperrinview Special School to meet the immediate needs of students with special educational needs in the center of the city. ‘Ulster.
“As part of an emergency plan, the Youth Service is currently using the Methodist room and the project location in the city center in the evening, for the center offer, with an increase in the offer for children. street youth to support children and young people in the city center.
Cookstown SDLP Advisor Kerri Hughes added: “The changes have raised concerns among parents and guardians that reducing the provision of services will negatively impact the children who use them. There was also uncertainty as to how long the lower level of service would be in place. “
Mr. McGlone continued, “I reached out to the Education Authority to highlight these concerns and to find out what plans they had to improve the current offering of youth services in Cookstown.
“The Education Authority has confirmed that the Youth Department expects to return to previous levels of supply in Cookstown once a new downtown site has been secured.
“The SDLP will continue to work with the Education Authority to ensure the new location is secure and that the provision of youth services in Cookstown returns to previous levels as soon as possible. “
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