Cranmore Co-Op’s Youth City design & produce their own Zine

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018: Twenty children aged between 7-11 years of age, together with their parents and local community representatives celebrated the launch of a very special Zine, designed and produced by the children themselves, as part of a collaboration between The Model and artists from PULLED, a collaborative screen print and design studio. The launch is part of The Sligo Children’s Book Festival which will be running for the full month of March.

 

The project is part of the Cranmore Op’s ‘Inside and Out’ project which was launched in February 2017, funded by the International Fund for Ireland and such was the success of the first year of the project, the IFI has provided additional funding to extend the project for a further twelve months.

 

20 children participated in this programme, learning the skills of relief/stencil and screen printing and illustration and attended a workshop in PULLED, a screen print and design studio based in The Model. The Zine will be exhibited in The Model, which is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres and home to The Niland Collection.

Funded by the International Fund for Ireland, under its Peace Impact Programme, the ‘Inside and Out’ project was designed to empower people of all age groups in the Cranmore housing estate through capacity building and skills development that will enable their involvement in positive projects that will improve their own quality of life as well as the community at large. The project will also allow for a peer exchange with Queens Park Women’s Group in Co Antrim.

 

Engaging with children and young people is one of four key strands of the programme which also includes a Women’s Development Programme, Cross Border Leader Programme and Intergenerational History and Culture Project with the Community Relations Forum. The project is unique in that it engages directly with other statutory agencies in the area including Cranmore Regeneration team, Mayo/Sligo/Leitrim Education & Training Board, Home Youth Liaison Services, MABS, Foroige, North Connaught Youth Services, Dept. of Social Protection and local Gardaí. Speaking at the launch Ms Dorothy Clarke, Board Member of the International Fund for Ireland, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this innovative and imaginative project, and in particular the children who participated and achieved such an impressive end result. They should be very proud of the fact that their very special Zine will be on exhibition in this world class visitor centre for everyone to enjoy.

 

As many of you will know this launch event today is part of the wider ‘Inside and Out’ project, administered by Cranmore Community Co-Op. The International Fund for Ireland is committed to delivering real and positive transformation in communities through its Peace Impact Programme and we are delighted to support this wide-ranging community based, cross border project.   It has proved to be a great success in its first year and the Fund is very pleased to provide additional funding to extend the project for a further twelve months”.

 

Ms Clarke took the opportunity to thank the international donors to the Fund – the European Union and the Governments of the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – for their support.

 

 

Emer McFadden, Community Development Worker for the Inside and Out project said: “We are delighted with the huge response from young people to the project over the past twelve months and today’s event illustrates the positive benefits of skill sharing and learning to work together. I have no doubt that this project will leave a lasting positive legacy for the people in Cranmore and its environs. On behalf of everyone in Cranmore Co-Op and all our partners involved in this project, I would like to thank the International Fund for Ireland most sincerely for their funding support, without which, we could not have undertaken this project.”

 

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Further information:

Mary McCarthy, Weber Shandwick PR, tel: +353 (0)1 6798600; +353 (0)86 2568429

 

About the International Fund for Ireland

The International Fund for Ireland is an independent, international organisation established by the Irish and British Governments in 1986. The Fund’s main objectives are to promote economic and social advance and encourage contact, dialogue and reconciliation between Unionists and Nationalists throughout Ireland.

 

Since its inception, the Fund has committed more than £728m/€914m to a wide variety of projects in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties of Ireland. Developing and funding initiatives that tackle segregation and promote integration to build a lasting peace in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties is a key priority for the Fund.

 

 

 

 

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