first_imgMembers of the Donegal Youth Services preparing to fundraise for the North West 10K.The absence of basic I.T. equipment for young people in the 27 Donegal Youth Clubs is hopefully going to be addressed by a fundraising campaign backed by the North West 10k Charity Run and Walk which takes place in Letterkenny on Sunday 3rd of May. None of the centres have laptops or Wifi, which in the modern world is hard to believe. However, that is the reality as the 27 clubs don’t have the money for the equipment as any fundraising initiatives in the local areas goes towards the rent of halls; overheads like heating and lighting; hire of buses and accommodation when attending band or sporting events and for activities like the cinema and bowling.The Donegal Youth Service is the umbrella organization for the 27 clubs, which successfully applied to be one of the four charities to benefit from this year’s North West 10k.The DYS’s Lorraine Thompson says that her committee members were prompted to apply to be a North West 10k beneficiary because of the event’s countywide appeal. And that is something that their own organization hopes to maximize in terms of raising money with clubs in every part of Donegal.All money raised will go directly to the 27 centres around the county with the primary objective of buying laptops and accessing Wifi for use by their young members and for club leaders who are now obliged to do most of the business end of things on-line. There is only a very minimal amount of funding available from central resources for the clubs so local organizers have to fundraise in their own areas to keep the doors open which is a huge challenge in the current climate.“All our clubs are run by volunteers who are out putting on activities one or two nights a week in community or church halls which have to be paid for as well as the heating and lighting costs. Money has to be raised for any activities they take on like going to youth band or sporting competitions. Buses have to be hired and maybe accommodation might have to be paid for depending on where the events are on. Funding is needed even for trips to the cinema or bowling” Ms Thompson.The Youth Clubs cater for the age group 5-25 years mainly for after-schools activities. The Donegal Youth Service provides leadership programmes, child protection training and Garda vetting advice to the volunteers who run the centres. DYS was first setup in 1981 with a small office at the top of Letterkenny’s Market Square. Now the organization has 14 staff and a further 18 are involved in the clubs around the county under the Community Employment Scheme.“If children are not into sport parents come together and approach us for help in setting up a Youth Club. We give support with recruiting, training, policies and procedures, health and safety, which are all needed to run a club. The money raised from the North West 10k will go directly to the clubs for the purchase of laptops and to access Wifi for the youth club members. The volunteers also need the laptops as so much has to be done on-line now in terms of making applications and other work” Ms Thompson said.In addition to the 27 centres around the county the Donegal Youth Service also has The Loft on Letterkenny’s Port Road, which is funded by the HSE and caters for 12-18 year olds. It is a drop-in centre that offers group activities and 1:1 support to young people. The facility also has a Youth Information Centre funded by the Department of Youth & Child Affairs whose remit is looking after the 12-25 years age group and adults who support them. It provides information regarding work, accommodation, education, travel, cyber bullying and parent training.The Port Road centre also has the Day Break programme for young people between the ages of 12 and 15 who have left school early catering for an average of six daily and offering support with improving skills in numeracy and literacy, communications and life skills. The Day Break service is also available one day a week in Ballybofey. The Donegal Youth Service also runs the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender drop-in centre in Letterkenny and an outreach service in Ballybofey. Teen Talk a free ‘listening ear service’ is also provided for young people who experience difficulties at school or in the home and want someone to talk to in a 1:1 situation.So now with just over five weeks to go to the big North West 10k Charity Run & Walk the Donegal Youth Services and its 27 centres are busy with the main fundraising venture which is the sponsorship cards. Hundreds of cards have been distributed throughout the county and more are available. So take one from the clubs, do the walk or run and support this very worthy cause. Sponsorship cards are also available from Letterkenny Chamber and for further details on the 19th North West 10k go to “” The North West 10k is being kindly sponsored again this year by Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure and WEST 10K – RACE TO PRESS THE RIGHT BUTTONS FOR DONEGAL YOUTH SERVICES! was last modified: April 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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