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Participants from the ‘I AM’ project are pictured with Glasgowbury founder, Paddy Glasgow, IFI Chairman, Paddy Harte, Department for Communities (DfC) Permanent Secretary, Tracy Meharg, Project Coordinator Stella Glasgow, and Glasgowbury Chairman, Emmet Heron.

Glasgowbury youth showcases creative talent in Draperstown

Published on:  21 Aug 2019

Young people from Mid Ulster displayed some of their creative skills today, during an event celebrating their achievements in music, arts and digital media with local Mid Ulster project Glasgowbury. 

The ‘I AM’ (Inclusive Accessible Multi Media) project, a personal youth development programme (PYDP) funded through the International Fund for Ireland aims to equip young marginalised people with skills that will empower them to better their lives and the communities they live in.   

The project, now in its second year marked the success of the young participants with an event, which allowed them to show case their new skills through a range of performances in front of their peers, local people and a range of community partners.

This project designed to improve the confidence, self-esteem and employability of young people through engagement in arts and culture including music, arts and digital technologies. Participants availed of a range of courses (both accredited and non-accredited) including digital media training, employability workshops, web development and yoga.

Paddy Harte, International Fund for Ireland Chairperson said:

“The Glasgowbury project is providing creative and innovative opportunities for young people in the area to develop a range of skills that could have the potential of changing their lives for the better. The purpose of the Personal Youth Development Programme is to help young people build and develop life skills that foster good relations, build confidence and resilience which will inevitably allow them to plan for their future, through education, employment or other avenues.

“There is continued mistrust and alienation for young people within the most isolated communities in Northern Ireland and the border counties and it is projects like Glasgowbury who are working on the ground to affect real change. The ‘I AM’ project tackles issues like anti-social behaviour, alcohol, drugs and mental health and provides young people with practical ways to take control of their futures.

“Having heard some of the success stories from participants, with many achieving full time employment and many more gaining a range of accreditations it is heartening to see the real impact projects like this is having on people’s lives. It is also pleasing to see other partners here today, who have also contributed to the success of the project through support and funding including the Department for Communities and the local council”.

Stella Glasgow, I AM Project Coordinator said:

“The I Am Project addresses the issues that deeply affect young people and gives them the knowledge, skills and competencies to build a more positive future for themselves and others. This year’s participants have shown a real commitment to the programme, taking on a range of courses that would daunt many of us.

“We can’t underestimate the impact that arts and music can have on people’s lives and how it brings people together and we are seeing this every day with these young people. The confidence of the participants showcasing their skills today in front of a packed room is testament to that”.

Glasgowbury was established in 2003 to support and enhance creativity and build the capacity of individuals, communities, and the creative industry sector to educate, entertain, inspire active community engagement and promote social inclusion.

Glasgowbury have received funding from other organisations to help them continue to engage in the mid ulster area including The Department for Communities who was represented by their Permanent Secretary Tracy Meharg and Mid Ulster District Council, Tony McCance Head of Arts and Leisure also attended the celebration event.

In the most recent funding announcement by the International Fund for Ireland Glasgowbury was awarded funding to continue the ‘I AM’ project and are actively seeking participants for the new intake. 

For further information about our funding programmes, or for information on how to apply for funding, please contact the person(s) or organisation(s) identifed at the end of the relevant programme summary in the areas of activity section.

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