PEACE IV Youth Waterways Programme Celebration Event at Share Discovery Village 

29th October 2019

Children who participated on the Peace IV Youth Waterways Programme came together on Friday 25 October at Share Discovery Village for an event to celebrate the completion of the programme.

The programme is one of 16 projects identified in the Fermanagh and Omagh PEACE IV Local Action Plan to benefit from a total funding package of £2.8m to deliver projects across three key strands; Shared Spaces and Services, Children and Young People and Building Positive Relations at a local level.

The project was supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding for this project was provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department for Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

The celebratory event provided the opportunity to showcase the excellent achievements of nearly 100 young people from the Upper Lough Erne Region.

Since May, the children and young people aged between 7 and 16 have been learning about water safety and water confidence as well as getting the opportunity to participate and learn new skills in a range of water and land activities. Highlights have included trips to Trannish Island, kayaking, bushcraft, night paddles, and the water park.

Lasting legacies from the programme have been created by the young people in the form of Island Life artwork and a video diary montage. At the celebration event both the artwork and the films were enjoyed by participants, their parents and members of the Peace IV Partnership in the SHARE Arena.

The PEACE IV Youth Waterways Programme was delivered by Share Discovery Village on behalf of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.