Sinn Féin MLA Órlaithí Flynn has welcomed additional provisions from the Education Authority Youth Service for the Colin Area.
The West Belfast MLA said:
“My party colleagues and I met with the EA a number of weeks ago regarding provisions for the Colin Area in terms of additional support and help for young people in our community who may be feeling down or experiencing poor mental health.
“I welcome news that there will be an increase in the number of detached workers which will ensure two teams are operational on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
“The Mobile Youth Unit will also give young people in the Colin area direct access and contact with youth workers in the vicinity of the transport Hub. This facility will start tonight (Thursday 5th December) from 6.30pm to 9.30pm and will be available throughout December and January.
“Young people who are engaged through youth services and who are identified as being in need can be referred by EA staff and will be able to avail of a counsellor who will be available two evenings per week.
“Promoting positive mental health and proper services is a priority for Sinn Féin and we will continue to meet with the EA to ensure young people of the Colin area receive vital services.
“This will support our existing services which are already under so much pressure in early intervention and suicide prevention.”