July 2020 marks the official introduction of the ‘UBU, Your Place Your Space’. The National Youth Service Funding Scheme works in conjunction with local service providers, who offer young people a dedicated ‘place’ and a ‘space’ in their local community.
Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) in partnership with Youth Work Ireland and The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) have officially received the ‘Green Light’ for four youth service projects to enter the new UBU, Your Place Your Space funding scheme that will serve young people throughout a number of communities in the Cavan and Monaghan region.
The UBU funding scheme, which was announced by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in December 2019 aims to provide services that support young people to develop the personal and social skills required to improve their life chances. These include services relating to health, education, employment and social connectedness. The scheme particularly targets young people who may find themselves marginalised, disadvantaged or vulnerable.
The UBU initiative provides funding that enables youth services to deliver a quality youth service that is flexible and responsive to the needs of the local communities in Cavan and Monaghan.
The four projects locally for Cavan and Monaghan will each be facilitated by local youth service providers; Bounce Back West Cavan, Bounce Back South East, Include and Monaghan ISPCC.
Youth services play a critical role in the lives of young people and the introduction of UBU Your Place Your Space for Cavan and Monaghan comes at a particularly crucial time, where many young people may have found themselves isolated and displaced during the current pandemic. UBU aims to provide a place and space in the community to enable young people to realise their maximum potential.
Maureen McIntyre (Youth Officer, CMETB) “With the introduction of UBU Your Place Your Space we can continue to deliver quality, flexible and responsive local youth services in our region of Cavan and Monaghan”.
“Working together with Youth Work Ireland, and funded through the Cavan/Monaghan ETB, the ISPCC is delighted to be a part of this partnership to support young people, helping them to achieve their potential and ensuring their voices are heard”. – Andrew Jackson, Regional Manager, ISPCC.
Under the UBU scheme youth services will assist young people aged between 10 and 24 years old who are experiencing marginalisation or are disadvantaged or vulnerable. The initiative provides a diverse range of services such as small/large group activities, outreach, trips away, events, direct support and one to one assistance.
UBU – Your Place, Your Space was designed in collaboration with young people, Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the youth sector, and Education and Training Boards over the last five years.
About the Youth Projects
Bounce Back Projects
- Bounce Back West Cavan – Covering the areas of Belturbet/Ballyconnell/Swanlinbar
- Bounce Back South East – Covering the areas of Ballyjamesduff /Bailieborough/Kingscourt
Managed in partnership by Youth Work Ireland and the ISPCC, Bounce Back is a service for young people aged 10-24 years who want to improve their confidence, problem-solving skills, resilience, creativity or to meet new people. Bounce Back’s mission is to listen, support and empower young people to help them to cope with the issues they face in navigating their daily lives. As an innovative youth service, they offer youth cafes, youth programmes and a one-to-one therapeutic Resilience Programme to young people. With dedicated Child and Family Support Workers who can design a programme to support the young person in achieving their goals and to improve their resilience.
Bounce Back also carries out detached work on the streets where they meet with young people in areas where they gather. This helps us to engage with young people who may be isolated or reluctant to contact services that they may need.
- Covering the areas of Clones/Ballybay/Castleblayney
Managed by Youth Work Ireland, Include Youth Service targets young people with specific needs and provides a safe space to chat and socialise. The service aims to counteract the problem of early school leaving by identifying young people who are experiencing difficulties, identifying the specific problems they are experiencing, working with those ‘at risk’ young people to overcome the issues they experience within the formal education system. The service also incorporates a Wellbeing Programme, in partnership with the ISPCC, whereby a Wellbeing Officer works with young people on their individual needs on a one to one basis.
Monaghan ISPCC Project
- Covering County Monaghan
ISPCC Monaghan provide dedicated outreach and one to one support to meet the complex needs of specified target groups. Young people/groups are consulted on an ongoing basis which is incorporated into programme design thereby prioritising needs of the area. The service will employ 1 full-time Resilience Support Worker to provide outreach and one to one support. The Support Worker conducts weekly visits with young people at a place and time that suits them.