Summer Activity Programmes for Children and Young People in the Western Trust area

23/08/2011

Summer Activity Programme LisnakseaA range of stimulating summer activity programmes for children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder is currently being rolled out in the Western Trust area. Funding from the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme, secured by the Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) cross border partnership, is enabling the Western Trust to provide an extensive programme of more than 200 family support activity placements across the Trust area during the Summer.

Launching the summer activity programme, Kieran Downey, Western Trust Assistant Director of Children's Mental Health and Disability, said: “The Western Trust is fully committed to broadening and strengthening the range of support services for families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The variety and scope of the summer schemes is very exciting and the Trust is delighted to be able to make this provision for children and young people across the Trust area.”

Commenting, Bernie McCrory, Chief Officer in CAWT said: “This summer activity programme is a great example of the practical impact that European Union funding can make at a local level. CAWT is delighted to have secured this additional funding from the EU’s INTERREG IVA programme for Western Trust clients and also for other areas along the border corridor.”

The summer activity programme is being delivered in centres in Lisnaskea, Enniskillen, Omagh and Derry city during July and August. Organisations delivering the summer activity programme on behalf of the Western Trust include: Autism Initiatives, Foyle Tuition and the National Autistic Society.