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Areas at Risk Funding-Improving Local Communities

07 November 2017

The programme aims to make things better for the people that live in these communities. Since the new Council was established six areas now benefit from the funding, namely; Monkstown, Carnmoney, Mossley, Steeple, Ballycraigy and Farranshane.

Community leaders, school principals, head teachers and some of our young people came together to present stories of challenge and success, with participants talking about the positive impact of the work being done.

A big focus of the programme is giving our young people the skills they need to secure a more positive future. Local nursery schools are providing tutoring, parental guidance and better play resources to improve communication skills, helping young people to interact more at school and home.

Primary schools are improving literacy with new fun ways to accelerate reading and math skills. Specialist tutoring programmes are tackling under achievement and improving self-esteem and overall achievement. At secondary level, updated IT equipment supports a homework programme and improves pupil engagement. An enterprise programme is encouraging children to consider science careers and entrepreneurism, whilst community based programmes offer employment support and personal, professional development as well as projects to address anti-social behaviour.

Working together the groups provide mentoring, confidence building and help to identify potential issues, directing young people away from risk factors.  The more vulnerable or isolated people in the community are supported through single parent family programmes, debt advice, sign posting, counselling, skills building and a wide variety of social opportunities.

Anyone wishing to know more about the programme or how to participate in the programmes can contact the Tackling Deprivation Team at Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Mossley Mill on 028 9034 000 Ext 40196.