Youth Workers: EA Funding

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:15 pm on 23rd January 2017.

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Photo of Nelson McCausland Nelson McCausland DUP 2:15 pm, 23rd January 2017

6. Mr McCausland asked the Minister of Education how many youth workers are funded by the Education Authority in Rathcoole, Bawnmore and Glengormley. (AQO 950/16-21)

Photo of Peter Weir Peter Weir DUP

The Education Authority has confirmed that there are a total of 41 youth workers across the statutory provision in the three areas named. The figure is made up of 15 workers in the Rathcoole youth centre, including seven assistant youth support workers, five youth support workers, two support workers in charge and one area youth worker. There are a further 10 at Millgreen youth centre in Bawnmore and 16 youth workers in Glengormley youth centre. I can give the Member the breakdown of those if he so desires.

Photo of Nelson McCausland Nelson McCausland DUP

I thank the Minister for his answer and also for his answer to the earlier question regarding uncertainties with youth funding issues. I thank him for his clarification. What is his assessment of the value and benefits that flow from the work of those whom we are speaking about?

Photo of Peter Weir Peter Weir DUP 2:30 pm, 23rd January 2017

I think that there is a tremendous benefit, which is why the funding has consistently been put on a separate footing. Indeed, the EA has always sought to deliver that. This is targeted, especially in sometimes difficult areas, particularly at youth work with young people who are sometimes very hard to reach and whom other services are not really getting to. In society as a whole, youth work is key in preventing any potential problems that might arise and in preventing individual young people going in the wrong direction. The youth work provided is extremely valuable, and I commend those who are involved in it.

Photo of Caitriona Ruane Caitriona Ruane Deputy Speaker

Sin deireadh na tréimhse do cheisteanna liostaithe. That ends the period for listed questions. Anois tá 15 bhomaite de cheisteanna tráthúla againn. Glaoim ar Alan Chambers. We will now move on to 15 minutes of topical questions, and I call Alan Chambers.

Photo of Alan Chambers Alan Chambers UUP

Minister, as we head towards an election, no doubt you and the other candidates in North Down will be asked about the capital investment programmes that have been planned for Priory Integrated College in Holywood, St Columbanus' College in Bangor and Bangor Central Integrated Primary School.

Photo of Caitriona Ruane Caitriona Ruane Deputy Speaker

Will the Member come to his question?