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Crosslinks Celebrates 20 Years!



Youth Initiatives is launching our weekly cross community 'Crosslinks' youth arts project on Monday 7th October. Participants aged 14-20yrs from Catholic, Protestant and Ethnic Minority communities in Belfast, will take part in good relations workshops using drama, art, music and dance. A final theatre performance showcasing their work will take place 29th March 2020.

For more info please contact Lynda e:lynda@youthinitiatives. 



Community Relations Council awards YI £25,800

The Community Relations Council is delighted to reveal the successful organisations that will be receiving support from its Core Funding Grants Scheme for the 2019/20 year. The fund is supported by The Executive Office.

There are a total of 29 projects receiving support of £1.2million.

Speaking at the official launch of this year’s scheme, Community Relations Council Chair, Peter Osborne, said:

“Reconciliation is about relationship building on the ground.  It is hard, challenging work made more so within the current environment.  We are deeply appreciative of the courage, resolve and commitment of these organisations and their staff as they do their part to build a better future for us all.”

Youth Initiatives has been awarded £25,800 for our reconciliation project “Lasting Impact". The project will tackle sectarianism and racism at its roots working with young people currently disinterested or dissident and, through a 5-7 year process, help them to become leaders for good relations and change agents in their communities.


Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018


This year Youth Initiatives is delighted to have been asked to take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, sponsored by Garfield Weston. From 27th Nov until 4th Dec, all donations made to YI via theBigGive.org.uk will be matched! 

If you are interested in donating and would like a reminder sent to you on 27th Nov, please email lizzie@youthinitiatives.com.



New Banbridge Youth Centre!



Youth Initiatives: Under New Management

We are delighted to announce, that as of 1 April 2018, YI is being run by a new management team and new CEO. Following a three year long succession process, Tony Silcock has taken on the role of Chief Officer and Siobhan Darragh, Matt McCullough and Lynda Whinnery have been appointed to the new management team.
Tony, originally from Twinbrook, began in YI at age 16 through an outreach football programme and the YI Lifeline Project. Siobhan, our new deputy Chief Officer, began YI as a 10 year old coming to the YI summer programme. Lynda joined the YI Crosslinks project at age 14 and Matt started with YI as an 18 year old volunteer intern. The new management team models the YI mission of awakening hope, inspiring initiative, and mobilising young people - showing young people from their own community that success is possible and the future is full of opportunity for those who go for it.
Special thanks goes to Doug Smith and Andy Hewitt who have led YI for the last 15 years. We are indebted to their contribution and their equipping of and making space for this new generation of leaders to take the reins.