launched in 2018 as a programme to empower 14-24 year olds who are most marginalised in Fermanagh, Tyrone and Donegal.
The programme was awarded almost €4 million of EU Peace IV
funding under the Children and Young People’s strand by the Special EU Programmes Body
. With this funding, South West College, Donegal Youth Service
and TIDES Training and Mediation
pooled their resources and specialist knowledge to design and create a programme that has seen 635 young people completing so far.
Young people who have successfully completed the Connections programme at South West College were recently praised for their efforts in overcoming personal barriers to return to education, training or employment and urged to continue to believe in themselves to achieve their goals.