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BELB Youth Service in £50,000 partnership with cancer charity

BELB Youth Service in £50,000 partnership with cancer charity

A partnership that will provide a platform for building skills in young people from throughout Belfast, as well as raising £50,000 for a major cancer charity, was launched in the city this week.

The Belfast Education and Library Board Youth Service has teamed up with the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children (NICFC) in a mutually beneficial partnership that hopes to raise £50,000 for the charity over the next two years.

“BELB Youth Service will support the NI Cancer Fund for Children with a number of independent fundraising events and we are particularly looking forward to contributing to the youth work activities that NICFC engage in with young people with cancer and their siblings at the NICFC residential facilities,” said BELB Senior Youth Officer Stephen Moore.

“The activities will provide an excellent vehicle for the promotion of participation, citizenship and making a positive contribution to society.

“There will be a number of volunteering avenues created as a result of the partnership such as helping with administration, organisational duties, and light community service, all of which contribute to the personal and social development of our young people in line with the Youth Service curriculum.”

All controlled and voluntary youth clubs funded by the BELB will be involved at various levels over the next two years. The BELB Youth Service approached the charity earlier this year and for Ruth Hobson, Schools and Youth Fundraiser at NICFC, it was a win-win situation.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the BELB to promote our goals of offering practical and emotional support to children, teenagers and young adults living with cancer,” said Ruth.

“As well as raising money to help us with these aims, our partnership will help raise the profile of the charity and of the issues affecting young people with cancer among youth club members and their families.”