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New community intervention project supports young people at risk

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Children as young as 14 in Londonderry/Derry are seeking help to resolve threats of violence, a community intervention project revealed today.

 

2110IFI02The Time2Choose Project was established in June by Rosemount Resource Centre in response to increasing calls for support from people facing intimidation and at risk of violent attack. It provides specialist mediation and intervention services to those under threat, their families and the wider community.

 

The project secured £188,926 through the International Fund for Ireland’s Peace Impact Programme to help support and offer new opportunities to young people vulnerable to attack from threat making agencies.

John Donnelly, Time2Choose Project Coordinator said:

“The sad reality is that people as young as 14 years old are being embroiled in complex and dangerous situations that expose them to all forms of risk including drugs, violence and intimidation. This project is about supporting people to take control of their situation and providing critical interventions that can resolve difficult issues with positive solutions that are agreeable for communities and statutory authorities.

 

“In our first three months, more than 60 people have asked Time2Choose for our assistance because, for whatever reason, they are unable to seek support from authorities and simply don’t know where else to go. We deal with all forms of risk – including mediating between young people and any agency believed to be making threats. To date, the project has been successful in resolving 90 per cent of the cases referred to us.”

 

Dr Adrian Johnston, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland said:

“Time2Choose is attempting to deal with a number of very complex and challenging issues. Some of which, statutory authorities and political representatives are unable to fully address. This is an important project that brings critical support and opportunities to marginalised individuals and groups who remain disconnected from government interventions.

 

“Like other projects in our Peace Impact Programme, Time2Choose seeks to engage with young people that are vulnerable or at risk and open new pathways to training and employment. Projects that can develop innovative approaches to deal with sensitive and contentious issues are critical to generate greater momentum for positive change and deliver stability and prosperity.”

 

For more information on the work of Time2Choose please http://www.rosemountresourcecentre.co.uk/Time_2_Choose.html

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