Members of the Clonmel Community Youth Project (CCYP) had their dancing shoes on last week when they staged a special event in St Mary’s Community Hall.
Aided by local dance experts, Dance Revolution, they presented the fruits of their recent dance camp, one of several Summer camps organised by CCYP over the past few months.
Despite a harsh cut of 10% to their budget last January, as well as cuts in previous years, CCYP has still strived to ensure that the young people they serve, in the Wilderness and Elm Park areas, are kept busy during the Sumer months.
This year the CCYP ran a restructured Summer programme with a four-week camp, followed by three, week-long camps in three disciplines - soccer, dance and arts and crafts.
CCYP’s department grant does not cover these essential events, so the burden of funding them falls back to the parents, and the generosity of people who often provide services free-of-charge or at greatly reduced rates, for which CCYP co-ordinator and community youth worker, Caitriona Guerin is very grateful. “We had to restructure our Summer programme this year due to budget restrictions. There is a lot of fundraising involved in keeping the project going and it is difficult to maintain programmes,” she said. An awards ceremony, officiated by the Clonmel mayor will take place on Aug 26, for all participating young people.