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Volunteers unveil new signs in St Johnston 19.11.13

A St Johnston housing estate has new entrance signs and a number of young people have new skills thanks to a volunteering initiative in the area.
Local residents and community representatives gathered last Friday for the unveiling of two natural stone wall signs at Ard Baithin.
The walls were built as part of a 12-week Volunteering in the Community initiative aimed at providing training and activities for out-of-work young people aged 18-25.
It was administered by Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC) and funded by the International Fund for Ireland.
Mary Devlin, International Fund for Ireland, with volunteers Brian Coll, Gill Clarke, Damien Crossan and Shane Curran, volunteer mentor and youth worker (second from left) at the unveiling of the new sign at Ard Baithin, St. Johnston on November 15, 2013.
Seven similar courses have been run in Raphoe, St. Johnston, Lifford, Castlefinn, Stranorlar, Ballyshannon and Pettigo in the last two years with almost 60 young people have completed the 12 week programmes. Approximately another 170 are completing certain aspects of the training.
DLDC chief executive Dr Caoimhin MacAoidh said the challenges of community development in border villages were "considerable". This IFI-funded training and personal development opportunity provided a means for young people to consider themselves as well as their role and positive contribution to their local community. They have distinguished themselves and their families as a result of their activities and personal investment in community."
Mary Devlin of the International Fund for Ireland said the fund was committed to the "long-term task of breaking down traditional barriers and helping build positive relations and contact between the two main communities on the island of Ireland".
"We are proud to be associated with Donegal Local Development and the tremendous work they have carried out over the past two years as part of the Volunteering in the Community initiative, which has been tremendously successful in helping to promote greater cross-community links and indeed friendships between participants," she said.
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