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Chair hosts reception in honour of the participants on the HEROES project

23rd January 2020

On Wednesday 22 January 2020 , The Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Siobhán Currie hosted a reception at the Townhall, Enniskillen in honour of the participants on the HEROES project.

A Aíonna oinigh, a Dhaoine uaisle,

Mar Chathaoirleach ar Comhairle Cheantair Fhear Manach agus na hÓmaí, tá lúcháir orm fáilte a thabhairt romhaibh chun Halla Balla an tráthnóna seo.

Distinguished guests,

As Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, I am delighted to welcome you all to the Townhall, Enniskillen this evening.

I would like to extend a particularly warm welcome to the participants and facilitators of the Heroes project, in whose honour this evening’s reception is being held. The Heroes project is an inclusive cross community, cross border project for young people aged between 14 and 24. The inclusive nature of the project makes it a fairly unique one.     

The project focussed on Good Relations, Personal Development and Citizenship and was based on the participants interests and what they like to do. Young people took part in group work, individual mentoring, cultural trips, a weekend away and social activities.  I am confident that the friendships formed right across communities will last long after the conclusion of the project and that is a major positive.

I understand that MENCAP was the lead partner in the project and worked in partnership with Devenish Partnership Forum in the Fermanagh and Omagh District to deliver the programme.

MENCAP is widely acknowledged for their expertise in valuing and supporting people with a learning disability which also extends to their families and carers.  Their vision is one of an inclusive world where people with a learning value have a voice that is listened to and valued equally.

Their partnership with Devenish Partnership Forum in delivering this excellent programme has been hugely successful and I am honoured to have been afforded the opportunity to host this reception to mark the conclusion of what has been an excellent project. I am confident that the participants will have found the programme both useful and fulfilling.

This is the end of the second programme undertaken as part of the project and I understand that recruitment is underway for the next one. I would urge anyone interested in participating to contact Jamie at Devenish Partnership Forum and register their interest.

On behalf of the Council, I would like to congratulate you all on your participation on the project.  I hope you found it enjoyable and I know that, because of the programme, you will have found new friends for life