CARD Project with Drogheda

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Fifteen members of Patrician Youth Centre, Downpatrick are participating in a project with counterparts from Froige in Drogheda to tackle the important issue of racism, sectarianism and differences in general within our society.

The groups have previously completed an exchange programme with their Drogheda friends that was activity based and this is a natural progression to an issue-based project.

The group met recently in Carlingford and started the process of producing and informational leaflet that will be distributed around the schools in the local areas of Downpatrick and Drogheda.

This is a young person led project and they will decide the content and will produce all the information in it with guidance form Youth Workers.

Commenting group member Michael McManus, 15, said ‘This is a project being undertaken by a group of members about the issue of racism, sectarianism and difference in general.

We are undertaking our project with a group from Drogheda and we met recently for a weekend of activities to get to know our friends before we begin our work.

We will be producing a booklet for local schools and this is a good way for us, as a group of young people, to learn about important issues but also to help teach other people our age about the matter as well.

I like the idea that we can learn about issues in a fun way but also get weekends away and get to go to the cinema, do outdoor laser tag and other fun activities. It is also good that we do it with others from a different town – because it means we get to make new friends as well’

The programme will run between now and Christmas and the group hope to have official launches of the booklet in both Drogheda and Downpatrick over a weekend in November.

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