Packed December for Dungannon Youth Resource Centre

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ON Monday December 17th six brave and determined staff from Dungannon Youth Resource Centre (DYRC) braved the cold to collect money for young people from the area.

Alex Cruickshank, Niamh Davis, Paddy Newell, Cabrini Lavery and Anita Fox stood strongly with their buckets as well as Kevin Quigley, leader in charge of the centre busked throughout the day serenading the towns patrons.

We would like to thank all the public of Dungannon who together donated £348.04p to the cause.

On Tuesday December 18th the junior members of DYRC held a carol service, festive quiz and presentation recognising poverty in Northern Ireland and the stresses that Christmas brings to many people as well as the joys.

Congratulations to all the young people involved who were given certificates on the night for their hard work and participation.

A special well done to our soloist Caoimhin who sang to the crowd of parents and young people with a Christmas carol in English and Irish.

I’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of the centre to wish you all a very merry Christmas and Best wishes for 2013 the centre doors in respects of work with young people in evenings reopens from Monday 14th of Jan 2013 all Existing and New members are very welcome.

On Wednesday December 19th young people involved with a group called misfits concluded their intergenerational project with the Lee Elders or their real identity the ‘Recycled Teenagers’ of Dungannon who were from a group supported by Age Well NI.

The project which lasted over 10 weeks culminated in the whole group coming together to cook and eat a Christmas meal where this staged project process came to a natural end.

We would like to thank Age Well NI and all the Lee Elders for engaging in a process of learning and open communication with all generations involved in the project which was a huge success.

There were many facets of the program that offered a safe place and environment for both generations to explore issues and commonalities and from the final day we had in the centre on 19th was a true testament that the power of working with and understanding and tolerance can bring.

Many of the young and older people involved were all open and honest to sharing their views and experiences this made the process even more educational and enlightening.

Again the young people of Dungannon Youth Resource Centre would like to thank Ursula from Age Well NI, (who are funded by the The Big Lottery Fund and covered all costs for this Project) and the Recycled Teenagers for engaging with them in their centre.

There has already been an invite for 2013 for our centre to engage with them in further projects and this is something the Dungannon Youth Resource Centre flourishes and grows.