Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey today met with various voluntary sector groups and representatives as the cost of living crisis continues.
Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey is pictured with representatives of the Community Intercultural Program and the Scotch Street Youth and Community Center during a visit to Portadown.
The Minister traveled to Armagh where she met with a range of groups who sit on the Armagh Neighborhood Renewal Partnership (NRP), followed by a visit to Portadown where she met representatives of the Community Intercultural Program and the Scotch Street Youth & Community Centre.
The Minister heard about the important services they provide in the local community and how the cost of living crisis has affected their organizations and the communities they serve.
The Minister said:
“I truly appreciate the vital services and support these groups provide to so many people and my department is working to identify opportunities to provide additional support to groups, families and individuals to get through this difficult time.
“However, this remains a serious challenge in the coming months as we enter the autumn and winter months and without a functioning executive and budget in place.
“As I continue my engagement with voluntary sector groups, I continue to hear about the challenges they are facing due to the current cost of living crisis and the negative impact this is having on groups and communities they serve.
“I want to assure these groups that I am listening to the concerns raised and that I am committed to doing all I can to support the provision of vital services to those in need.”
Notes to Editors:
1. Photo caption – Image 1 – Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey is pictured during her visit to Armagh where she met with various community associations to learn more about the important services they provide and the impact of the cost of living crisis on organizations and communities. they serve
2. Photo caption – Image two – Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey is pictured with representatives of the Community Intercultural Program and the Scotch Street Youth and Community Center during a visit to Portadown. The Minister heard about the important services they provide and the impact of the continuing cost of living crisis on their work.
3. The community associations represented at PNR Armagh are:
- Callanbridge/Legar Hill Residents Association
- Callan Street Community Association
- Drumarg Community Association
- Drumbeda Community Association
- Mullacreevie Development Association
- West Armagh Consortium
- St Patrick’s Park Residents Group
4. The Intercultural Community Program was established in September 2006 in response to the emerging needs of ethnic communities in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon area. They support people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, enabling them to fully integrate and participate in an equitable society that represents difference and celebrates diversity.
5. Scotch Street Youth & Community Center (SCYCC) was established in 2008 to meet the emerging needs of children and young people in the Scotch Street area and beyond. The SSYCC was created to be an inclusive club, welcoming all children, young people and members of the community, regardless of their origin, in their center.
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