Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP, MLA today opened the new £3.5million headquarters of YouthAction NI in Belfast today.
The new custom built resource centre situated at College Square North, has been part financed by the European Union through the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.
The centre will provide important opportunities to young people from all backgrounds to participate in activities that will help them to respect and understand differences.
Speaking at the opening ceremony the deputy First Minister commended YouthAction NI for the important work they have done with young people over the last 60 years.
Martin McGuinness said: “YouthAction NI has an excellent track record in helping young people to be at ease with difference and to acknowledge one another as equals. Their valuable work in building social cohesion is an inspiration.
“I have only admiration and respect for the youth workers you see here today. The example they set in improving the lives of our most troubled children and young people is a guiding beacon for us all to follow.”
Director of YouthAction NI June Trimble MBE, thanked the deputy First Minister for his encouragement and support: “The Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister, the International Fund for Ireland and the Department of Education have had the courage to invest in this magnificent building which will make a significant difference to the lives of young people throughout Northern Ireland.”
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