Youth programme aims to tackle anti-social behaviour

A new programme focusing on ‘Inclusion’ for young people is being launched in Banbridge.

The Southern Education and Library Board Youth Service (SELB) in collaboration with REACT Info Station are offering the programme which will run on Wednesday evenings for one year.

It will include a residential and in its final stage will develop and implement a community based project.

They hope to target disengaged youth between 13 and 18 who are not accessing current youth provision in the Banbridge area.

Some of these young people may present issues of poor diet, lack confidence and esteem, drug and alcohol misuse, low educational attainment, or anti-social behaviour. Some may not be presenting any of these issues at all but do not access youth provision for other reasons. This project is open to all such young people regardless of religion, ability, inability, culture or preferred life style choices.

The project aims to improve confidence and self-esteem and reduce anti-social behaviour in a youth friendly setting.