Gas Networks Ireland, sponsors of the Co-operation Ireland Dublin Youth Leadership Programme Launches First Year of the Programme
At their premises in Finglas, on Tuesday 17 October 2017 Gas Networks Ireland launched the Co-operation Ireland Dublin Leadership Programme. The launch of the Dublin programme comes as part of Gas Networks Ireland’s strategic partnership with Co-operation Ireland. Gas Networks Ireland already supports the charity’s leadership programme in Cork.
Since its establishment in 1979, Co-operation Ireland has worked with local youth organisations to facilitate leadership programmes . This youth leadership programme is designed to encourage participants, all aged between 15 and 16, to actively engage in their communities, developing their confidence and providing them with the tools to become positive role models in their community. 16 young people from Finglas will take part in this year’s programme, facilitated by the Dublin Sports Partnership, who have been recruited by their teachers and leaders in their local youth groups, Finglas Youth Service and Finglas Youth Resource Centre.
Liam O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Gas Networks Ireland, comments: “Giving back to local communities is a core value of Gas Networks Ireland’s Corporate Responsibility Strategy. I am absolutely delighted that Co-operation Ireland is extending its reach to young people in Dublin, where they will develop young leaders in Finglas. We are now in the third year of our partnership with Co-operation Ireland, and have seen, first hand, the fantastic positive impact the organisation has on communities around Ireland, fostering positive cross-community relations.”
Peter Sheridan, Chief Executive of Co-operation Ireland: “I am delighted to be launching our first Dublin Youth Leadership Programme in Finglas. Its objective is to help young people from the area to become leaders in their own community. We do this through a wide range of activities, which support and improve young people’s personal development, skill set and integration into the community. Participants on our leadership programmes in other areas have undergone major positive life changes, from embarking on university courses to achieving success through employment. I am sure this Dublin programme will see similar results.”
“We are grateful to our sponsors Gas Networks Ireland, who also support our programme in Cork.”
The leadership programme is run, under the same terms, in Cork and Belfast and the programme brings groups, from both sides of the border, together so they can learn about each other’s traditions and cultural backgrounds, helping to build a society which is based on tolerance and acceptance of cultural differences.