Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, has confirmed that the selection process for eight new UBU Your Place Your Space youth services has commenced.
Each new service will be allocated funding of €120,000 per annum initially, a total allocation of some €1m. The new UBU Your Place Your Space selected areas for 2022 are: Donegal, Cavan, Carlow, Sligo, Tipperary, Kerry, Clare and Waterford.
The Education and Training Boards in each of the eight selected areas have now completed a local needs assessment stage to inform the establishment of the new services, and all eight ETBs have issued a call for service to recruit a preferred service provider. With the eight additional services set up in 2021, this brings the total full year investment for 16 new youth services to some €2 million.
Minister O’Gorman commented, “I was delighted to secure funding for a much needed increase in targeted youth services. These are long term investments into communities supported by clear needs analysis and backed by the local ETB.”
“The introduction of UBU Your Place Your Space has given us a coherent mechanism to create new youth services where they are needed across the country. We can be assured that this investment will directly benefit the young people in their communities.”