Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has commended 10 young people from Belfast who are learning new skills to empower them to become leaders in their community.
The young ambassadors are putting their leadership and good relations training, through the Department for Communities’ (DfC) Uniting Communities through Sport and Creativity programme, into practice on a visit to Liverpool.
The young people are working alongside world-class athletes as part of the programme delivered by Dame Kelly Holmes Trust in partnership with PeacePlayers International NI.
DfC’s Uniting Communities through Sport and Creativity programme is part of the Together: Building a United Community Strategy (T:BUC) and aims the group to become motivated, upskilled and socially responsible young people who can drive forward positive change in their communities.
Communities Minister, Deirdre Hargey, said:
I am delighted that 10 T:BUC Uniting Communities Ambassadors have been given this opportunity to utilise the power of sport and creativity to help them to enhance their leadership qualities on this learning trip to Liverpool.
“The T:BUC Uniting Communities programme enables young people to learn new skills, make new friends but most importantly empowers them to develop the confidence and leadership to tackle the issues that are being faced by people in their own communities. No doubt they will bring back learning from this experience and I look forward to following their progress.”
The visit to Liverpool is designed to provide the T:BUC Young Ambassadors with an opportunity to experience first-hand how sport is used to help develop skills and improve understanding of diversity.