Written Answers. - Youth Facilities.

Phil Hogan

Question:

143 Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will make a statement on the young people's facilities and services fund for Carlow; the projects recognised and supported to date; the number of drug misusers who have availed of their advise, support and referral services on a yearly basis to date; the budget granted in each year to date; the projects proposed for 2003; the estimated costs of same; and the actual budget allocated to this task force by his Department. [3800/03]

Denis Naughten

Question:

145 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will make a statement on the young people's facilities and services fund for Waterford; the projects recognised and supported to date; the number of drug misusers who have availed of their advice, support and referral services on a yearly basis to date; the budget granted in each year to date; the projects proposed for 2003; the estimated costs of same; and the actual budget allocated to this task force by his Department. [3799/03]

Olwyn Enright

Question:

146 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will make a statement on the young people's facilities and services fund for Galway; the projects recognised and supported to date; the number of drug misusers who have availed of their advice, support and referral services on a yearly basis to date; the budget granted in each year to date; the projects proposed for 2003; the estimated costs of same; and the actual budget allocated to this task force by his Department. [3797/03]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 143, 145 and 146 together.

The young people's facilities and services fund was established in 1998 as part of the Government's overall strategy to tackle drug misuse. The fund aims to assist in the development of youth facilities – including sport and recreational facilities – and services in disadvantaged areas where a significant drug problem exists or has the potential to develop. The objective of the fund is to attract "at risk" young people in disadvantaged areas into these facilities and activities and divert them away from the dangers of substance misuse. While the primary focus of the fund is on the 14 local drug task force areas established in Dublin, Bray and Cork, it also operates in Waterford, Galway, Carlow and Limerick. Funding of €1.9 million has been made available to these four areas and these allocations are due to finish in 2003. Details of the breakdown of the projects involved are included in the following tables, which also indicate the level of contact with the target group. There was no yearly budget allocated as the allocations were granted over the lifetime of the various projects across the four cities.

With respect to future funding, the fund's national assessment committee, which is chaired by my Department, is currently examining the projects funded under the first round of the fund with a view to continuing their financing up to the end of 2006. Funds that are found to be effective will, subject to resources, be mainstreamed, thereby enabling ongoing provision by statutory agencies. Qualification for continued funding will also be dependant on the successful assessment of each project by the services steering group set up to examine the projects. The steering group, consisting of members of the national assessment committee and the four principal vocational education committees – the City of Dublin Youth Services Board, County Dublin VEC, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown VEC and the City of Cork VEC – will make recommendations to the committee on the projects to receive continued funding.
The steering group has contacted each development group in the areas involved setting out the procedure to be followed. The decision making process should be completed by mid-March 2003 with a view to the national assessment committee making recommendations to the Cabinet committee on social inclusion shortly thereafter. Each project has been provided with interim funding pending the outcome of the evaluation process.
CarlowOutdoor Education Project.
A grant of €114,276 was allocated towards the salary and programme costs associated with the appointment of a youth worker to run an outdoor education project aimed at young people at risk of drug misuse.
Number employed: one youth worker over three years.
Training for Trainers.
A grant of €8,253 was allocated towards the costs of a training programme to train youth and community leaders as trainers in drug awareness and education. This programme will also provide follow-up support for the trainers.
Carlow Network Training.
A grant of €3,174 was allocated towards the costs of supporting the Carlow network to oversee the implementation of the projects under the YPFSF and co-ordinate activities in Carlow aimed at young people at risk.
Central Youth Facility.
A grant of €76,184 was allocated towards the costs of leasing a centrally located facility to serve as a one-stop shop for young people, accommodating drug prevention and youth services. Other youth organisations will contribute to the cost of the lease.
This project did not proceed as envisaged instead €49,520 was used in 2001 to develop plans for a proposed central youth facility for the town.
Contact with the target group for the fund – as the focus in Carlow has been predominantly on developing drug education and drug awareness programmes aimed at local clubs including sports clubs and youth groups, the main emphasis has been on prevention.
WaterfordSpraoi Development Project – studio and education facilities
A grant of €50,790 was allocated towards the cost of developing a purpose-built 5 studio complex and educational facilities, capable of servicing activities, which foster personal expression and development. Spraoi will engage with young people in education initiatives for potential early school leavers in an in-school, out-of-school or after-school environment.
"Seeing the Full Picture"– Substance Abuse Programme
A grant of €19,046 was allocated towards the cost of converting an attic in the Oak Villa Centre into a recreational, educational and lecture room. The Centre is already being used by the target group and conversion is to facilitate improved service. The project will engage 12-15 year olds in a Substance Abuse Programme.
Youth Resource Centre in Lisduggan, Waterford
A grant of €81,263 was allocated towards the cost of building a Youth Resource Centre in Lisduggan, servicing Larchville, Lisduggan and surrounding areas of the City. The facility will facilitate high quality youth work with children and young people in Larchville and Lisduggan. The project has planning permission and is ready to proceed.
15th Waterford (Sacred Heart) Scout Unit
A grant of €25,395 was allocated towards the cost of refurbishing existing building. The Scout Unit provides young people from the age of 6-18 years with life skills and scouting skills that help them take a constructive place in their community and teach them to be responsible for their actions.
Services Projects
Ferrybank Drug Prevention Project
A grant of €44,441 was allocated towards the salary costs of a project worker and programme costs. The project aims to divert young people in Ferrybank from actual misuse and risk of misuse of drugs or substances through a targeted programme involving information, personal effectiveness and alternative methods.
Number employed: one worker for 16 months.
Waterford Young Adults Programme/ The Bridge Project
A grant of €44,441 was allocated towards the salary and programme costs of a project worker. This is a combined project – the Waterford Young Adults Programme aims to increase participation by the target group in programmes – each local community will develop their own response, facilitated and supported by the project worker. The Bridge Project's objective is to engage young people attending courses at Waterford City Youth Reach and Waterford Youth Industries in diversionary programmes.
Number employed: one worker for 16 months.
Peer Education Preventative Programme
A grant of €12,697 was allocated towards programme costs – programme aims to inform, educate and work with a group of young people who are involved in existing youth organisations and special projects throughout the City, and those who work with them around drug related issues.
Farrenmore Park Community Youth Project
A grant of €44,441 was allocated towards the salary costs of a project worker - the project aims to establish a new community based youth project that will provide opportunities for unattached young people in Farren Park and St. Catherine's Grange areas to engage in positive programmes to address their needs.
Number employed: one worker for 16 months.
Inner City Community Youth Project
A grant of €44,441 was allocated towards the salary costs of a project worker - the project aims to establish a new community based youth programme which provides opportunities for young people who are either at risk of drug misuse or are already taking drugs.
Number employed: one worker for 16 months
Frontline Project Interfacing with Current Users
A grant of €44,441 was allocated towards the salary costs of an outreach worker to provide services and responses for young people between the ages of 15-21 involved in high risk drug misuse who are experiencing exclusion because of their drug use and socio-economic background.
Number employed: one worker for 16 months.
Youth/Drug Preventative Worker
A grant of €38,092 was allocated towards the salary costs of a Youth/Drug Preventative Worker who will facilitate preventative programmes. The worker will oversee the planning, organisation and delivery of the Peer Education Prevention Programme, Community Arts Programme and the Outdoor development Projects.
Number employed: one worker for 16 months.
Service Projects
Outdoor Development Project - Manor St. John
A grant of €15,237 was allocated towards the cost of designing and delivering a pilot project which aims to encourage and orientate young people towards active participation in outdoor education programmes that will develop self-confidence and self-esteem and acquire skills competencies which advance their personal and career development.
Waterford Area Schools Project
A grant of €11,428 was allocated towards the cost of developing a programme geared exclusively towards the provision of an education and personal social development service to young people under the age of compulsory school attendance who are permanently excluded from mainstream educated or who have excluded themselves. The aim of the programme is to work towards making it possible for participants to return to mainstream education and to provide life, social and job seeking skills.
Art Project Groups (Waterford Spraoi)
A grant of €62,851 was allocated towards: the cost of developing an arts training model for schools specifically targeting early school leavers and other students with inter-related difficulties.
Little Red Kettle – towards the cost of a mini-bus to facilitate greater access to classes and workshops for young people.
Waterford Youth Drama – towards the cost of initiating a training project for drama workshop facilitators and practitioners.
Small Grants Fund Provision of a Small grants Fund: €25,395.
Contact with the target group for the Fund:
Projects in Waterford only began in 2002. It is estimated that the services projects have engaged with 332 of the target group offering diverse programmes including counselling and referral services, where appropriate. The Arts projects have targeted 250 children, including the target group. With respect to facilities, 3 of the 4 projects are completed. They cater for approximately 250 of the target group.
GalwayFacility Projects
Bohermore Community Hall (CG2)
A grant of €38,092 was allocated towards the costs of completing the renovation of Bohermore Community Hall which will accommodate services/programmes for the target group.
Service Projects
Sport & Social Skills for 10-21 year olds (CG1)
A grant of €114,276 was allocated towards the salary and programme costs associated with the appointment of a youth worker and the provision of teaching hours for a training programme for volunteers to work with young people and introduce them to music, drama, PE, etc.
Number employed: one youth worker for three years
Ballybane Adventure Programme (CG5)
A grant of €114,276 was allocated towards the salary and programme costs associated with the appointment of a youth worker to develop a programme of groupwork and outdoor pursuits with six new adventure groups and to train voluntary leaders and implement the programme.
Number employed: one youth worker for three years.
Personal Development and Peer Education Programme (CG6 and CG10)
A grant of €114,276 was allocated towards the costs of an agreed training / peer education programme for the target group which will incorporate elements of a personal development programme and a peer education programme designed to involve peer role models with marginalised youth.
Number employed: one worker for three years.
Youth Work Project for Westside/ Rahoon (CG14 and CG 17)
A grant of €114,276 was allocated towards the salary and programme costs associated with the appointment of a youth worker for the Westside / Rahoon area to work with the target group and their families and to offer drug awareness information for children/young people, school personnel and voluntary/community groups.
Number employed: one worker for three years.
GTSG Drug Awareness Programme (CG8)
A grant of €16,506 was allocated towards the costs a programme to involve a group of young travellers to design & develop a friendly comic/booklet with a cultural dimension aimed at raising drug awareness. The final product is envisaged as a preventative educational resource for use with young travellers, in general.
Teenage Development Programme (CG12)
A grant of £17,141 was allocated towards the costs of programme aimed at involving teenage travellers in sports, recreation, arts/crafts and development on new halting sites with a view to social and personal development and exploration of enterprise development.
Contact with the target group for the Fund: Projects in Galway began in 2000. It is estimated that they are dealing with 400 young people in the target group for the Fund. Some services projects include an element of referral but the numbers involved are not readily available.
LimerickProject Co-ordinator
A grant of €12,697 was allocated towards the cost of a co-ordinator for an initial period of up to 3 months to work with the approved project promoters to develop proposals in accordance with the aims and objectives of the Limerick strategy for re-submission to the Assessment Committee. The worker will report to a Development Group which includes representation from the VEC, Corporation and Community/Voluntary Sector, established to develop and oversee the Limerick Strategy.
Number employed: one worker on a short-term contract.
Moyross Drug Awareness Initiative
A grant of €76,184 was allocated towards the salary costs of a Development Worker to work with the target group as part of the proposed Horse Project, providing drugs awareness for young people and their families, training on drugs issues for community activists and the development of a horse-centred recreational/educational project.
Number employed: one worker over three years.
St. Mary's Partnership
A grant of €76,184 was allocated towards the costs associated with an integrated programme of counselling, outreach and training activities for the target group in St. Mary's Parish with the aim of enhancing the provision of services provided by associated youth clubs and sporting organisations in the area.
St. Munchins' Focused Youth Activity Programme
A grant of €76,184 was allocated towards the costs of a co-ordinated programme of youth activities and outreach services as well as information, drug awareness and training for parents, in the St. Munchin's/Ballynanty area. This project was merged with the Moyross Drug Awareness Initiative were merged in 2002 to become the north side Initiative "We're OK" Youth Initiative covering both areas.
Southill Youth Drugs Awareness Strategy
A grant of €57,138 was allocated towards the costs of a programme of outreach, education and recreational activities for young people in the Southill area.
St. Johns Youth Club
A grant of €25,395 was allocated towards the costs of training courses for volunteers to run specific substance abuse programmes and to increase club's services for the target group.
Limerick Travellers Development Group
A grant of €26,645 was allocated towards a programme of activities which will provide drugs education and training for young people and to set up a structural homework support group to encourage more parental involvement.
EDUCARE
A grant of €15,237 was allocated towards the costs of a primary schools drug awareness/intervention programme for children aged 10 – 12.
Rosbrien Education Substance Information Network
A grant of €57,138 was allocated towards a programme of education awareness.
Training and Development Support
A grant of €74,914 was allocated towards the costs of training and development needs associated with the strategy.
Project Co-Ordinator
A grant of €76,184 was allocated towards salary cost of employing co-ordinator who will be responsible for managing the implementation of the YPFSF strategy in Limerick, including monitoring and evaluation, and supporting the individual projects as part of the strategy.
Contact with the target group for the Fund: The projects predominantly involve developing linkages with existing projects, programmes and initiatives to provide drug awareness and education programmes. Numbers of the target group engaged with are not readily available.