In December Ulster Bank committed €106,760 in funding for five community projects across the country, as part of round two of the £2.5million Skills & Opportunities Fund from Ulster Bank, RBS and NatWest, which was launched earlier this year. The funding will enable the five organisations in Cork, Sligo, Drogheda and Belfast to support disadvantaged communities by helping people to learn new skills, get into the world of work, or set up their own business.

We are delighted to announce that the Irish Youth Foundation received €50,000 for a bike project in association with Cork Foroige, which will be rolled out in deprived, inner city areas of Cork. The project involves providing training in bike mechanics to upskill young people, some of whom are unemployed in the area and improve their job prospects.

Speaking about the impact this funding will have on the organisation, Sabina Cotter, Head of Grants and Programmes at Irish Youth Foundation, said: “We are delighted to receive support from the Skills & Opportunities fund to set up this exciting and innovative programme in Cork. Over 100 young people will benefit from this skills based programme. It encourages cycling and healthy living, develops a sustainable community enterprise, reduces bike crime and provides work experience and internships.
Young people will also have the opportunity to receive a City & Guilds qualification in Bike Mechanics. This training can be directly applied to future careers opportunities so we are hugely grateful to Ulster Bank and all those who voted for us. Thank you.”

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