Varadkar welcomes €50,000 funding for new Youth Cafe at Castleknock Community Centre, Laurel Lodge

Local TD and Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has welcomed €50,000 in funding announced today (Wednesday) in capital funding for a new youth facility at Castleknock Community Centre in Laurel Lodge.

The funding has been announced by Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald as part of the Youth Café Capital Funding Scheme 2014. Thirty youth cafes across Ireland have been awarded grants totalling €1.5 million under the scheme.

“This is great news as it means that Castleknock Community Centre Association and its No Name Club will be able to expand their services for young people. The Centre is already home to a No Name Club for teenagers and a Foróige club for younger people. It’s fantastic that the Centre has got funding under this scheme and I look forward to seeing it develop further in years to come,” Minister Varadkar said.

The application was made as a joint venture between Castleknock Community Care Association and the local No Name Club. They plan to build a multi-purpose extension to the community centre and give the youth services priority access to that extension.

The Government has now allocated funding of €2.2 million for youth cafes since the election. The winning youth cafes in this scheme were selected by Pobal and the Department of Children & Youth Affairs.