Donegall Pass Youth Club reopens after £150,000 refurbishment
A South Belfast youth club opened its doors this week after a £150,000 refurbishment that will enhance the “social, recreational and educational” opportunities of young people in the area.
Donegall PASS Youth Club was officially reopened by Rosemary Rainey, Chairperson of the Belfast Education and Library Board who secured funding from the Department of Education to refurbish the existing club at Porters Memorial Assembly Hall.
“The reopening of Donegall Road Youth Club renews the BELB’s commitment to the young people of the area to provide social, recreational and educational opportunities for them,” said Miss Rainey.
“The new premises will enable the board to extend the opening hours and expand the range of services on offer to the young people. I want to wish everyone who uses these facilities the very best for many years to come.”
The opening was attended by Michael McGimpsey who addressed the assembled guests, youth club members, parents and volunteers. The South Belfast MLA said he was “overjoyed” that the new facilities are now open to the community.
“For many years I, alongside the local community, lobbied BELB and the Department of Education for a youth club in the area and we are overjoyed to finally see all those years of work come to fruition,” Mr McGimpsey said.
“It is a tribute to BELB and the centre staff that the youth club is already opening extra evenings for the young people and I trust it will only go from strength to strength. While this is a welcome start for the young people of Donegall Pass, I look forward to future investment in the area to ensure our young people are given the very best start they possibly can.”
BELB Area Youth Officer Steven Moore thanked all the volunteers and staff who have worked in the club over the years.
“Without the hard work and tenacity of the volunteers and staff, we wouldn’t be celebrating the opening of a new refurbished Donegall Road Youth Club,” said Mr Moore.
“I would like to pay tribute to the commitment of all the staff, paid and voluntary, and to the South Belfast Area Project who have worked over the years with young people in this area.”