Press Release

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Mr. Barry Andrews, T.D., announces details of the allocation of €1.5 million to projects under the Youth Café Funding Scheme.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Mr. Barry Andrews T.D., today (7 December 2010) announced details of the allocation of €1.5 million to 64 projects throughout the country to support the development of both existing and new youth cafés. The most significant share of the funds is being made available to individual projects to facilitate the setting up of new youth cafés, with approximately 22% of the funds being earmarked to support existing youth cafés that wish to improve or expand their existing services or facilities.

“Young people will benefit enormously from this initiative and I am greatly encouraged by the quality of the projects that are being grant aided under the funding scheme. The availability of these funds reinforces the Government’s commitment to the provision of supports and services for young people and represents a positive response to the repeated emphasis that young people have placed on the need for such recreational facilities. It also recognises the achievements already made by many groups in establishing youth cafés in many parts of the country and ensures a solid policy foundation for youth café development through the expansion of safe quality recreational spaces for young people.”

The Youth Café Funding Scheme is the first dedicated youth café funding scheme in Ireland. It is concerned with promoting the structured development of both existing and new youth cafés around the country by giving support to local organisations which are providing youth services. The criteria for the Scheme places a clear focus on both long term sustainability and service planning. This scheme was administered by Pobal on behalf of the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. The City/County Development Boards made the initial short listing of applications to the scheme.

The funding scheme was initially announced last April at a time when the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs launched the publication of two relevant associated publications. The aim of Youth Cafés in Ireland: A best practice guide is to contribute to the formation of a solid policy foundation for the support and development of the youth café model of intervention with children and young people in Ireland. Youth Café Toolkit: how to set up and run a youth café in Ireland is designed to assist in the practicalities and day to day issues involved for anybody involved in the management of a youth café.

The Minister wishes to acknowledge the support provided for this initiative by his colleague Mr. Pat Carey T.D., Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs and from Pobal for its assistance in the administration of the scheme.

Details of the individual projects in receipt of the funds are outlined here