UCAN Calls for Rural Young People

Young people aged 16-24 living in rural Mid Ulster and who are not in employment, education or training are being given the opportunity to get involved in UCAN, an exciting new project delivered by the Rural Development Council (RDC) and funded by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL).

UCAN Calls for Rural Young People

UCAN will offer a flexible programme of support to young people based on individual needs. It will offer opportunities in volunteering and community development activities, and raise awareness and experience of cross community engagement.

It focuses on 3 themes: UCAN START (creating better citizens) UCAN TOGETHER (building better community relations) and UCAN DO IT (giving employment experience and structured volunteering opportunities). UCAN is aimed at rural young people aged 16-24 years who are not in employment, education or training.

UCAN will include personal development opportunities to develop confidence and social skills, mentoring, teambuilding and new experiences such as away days. Participants will be able to learn new skills through community based work experience to help them move towards employment. There will also be the opportunity to work together on projects to help improve the local community.  

Commenting on the programme Teresa Canavan, RDC Chief Executive, said:

“UCAN is the message aimed at rural young people aged 16-24 years within and across Mid Ulster who are not in employment, education or training. Youth unemployment is a serious issue which can be further affected by circumstances and lack of opportunity in rural areas. We want to change that. UCAN offers the opportunity to get involved, to build confidence and to develop new experiences.”

UCAN is open to rural young people throughout Mid Ulster with activities based in Maghera and Stewartstown. Participants will receive a daily allowance and assistance to cover travel costs to attend the activities. There are 20 places available on UCAN. For further information please contact Seana or Kirsty at RDC on 028 8676 6980.

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