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Causeway Programme connects and benefits young people and their communities

Thu, Aug 4th, 2016

26 Youth Exchanges, 4 Special Projects and 1 Contact Exchange…over the last four years the British-Irish exchange programme Causeway has supported a huge number of Irish young people to connect and develop relationships with their peers in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. Léargas has recently completed a thorough evaluation of the past four years of the programme, and the key findings are:

  • 100% of the organisations that responded were ‘very satisfied’ with Causeway
  • Participation has provided a sense of community pride and improved community identity
  • Projects have raised the local profile of young people in a positive way
  • Causeway offered a ‘safe first step’ into the international field for both young people and youth workers
  • There is a strong will among Irish youth organisations for the programme to continue.

You can see the findings in full in our Review and in this Prezi.  Léargas and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs strongly support the Causeway programme, and hope that many more British and Irish young people will reap its benefits in the future. As Clondalkin Youth Service said of their 2014 project, under Causeway “Life-long friendships were made, young people became more aware of themselves and others throughout the project…The young people became more and more empowered throughout the project, which enabled them to achieve personal and group goals.”