What we do Children and young people How to get involved in Third Space Do you want to learn new skills in digital media? Are you keen to meet new people? Are you aged between 14 and 24? Are you interested in gaining a qualification? If so you could apply to be part of the Third Space project What is Third Space? Third Space is a new cross border project being delivered by Extern, the leading social justice charity and Verbal the lead organisation promoting the power of the spoken and written word. The project will transform the lives of 800 children and young people identified as being vulnerable and at risk. What is the purpose of the project? Across key locations project leaders will be working with young people, opening them up to new opportunities by promoting self-esteem and resilience. The project will help highly vulnerable young people from different communities, cultural and religious backgrounds to: Reduce social isolation Develop a deeper sense of community awareness Successfully negotiate and manage a programme of personal development During the 26-week programme, participants will use digital media and info graphics to help tell their stories. Working with people from a variety of backgrounds, they will learn new skills, have shared experiences, and take part in residentials. Who has funded Third Space? The Third Space project is supported through €3.99m of EU funding under the PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU programmes Body (SEUPB). It is match-funded by the Northern Ireland Executive and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in Ireland. Who can get involved? Referrals are welcome from agencies and organisations working with young people from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds. Referrals from organisations that support young people from the most marginalised and disadvantaged parts of society are particularly welcome. The Third Space may benefit young people in need of mental health support, those who are long term unemployed, young people living on interfaces, and those living in rural isolation. Applications and referrals will be admitted on a rolling basis. Where is the project being delivered? The project will operate across, Belfast & Newtownabbey (covering North, West, South and East Belfast), Derry/Londonderry, Fermanagh, Cavan, and Donegal. How long will participants be involved in the project? Participants in the Third Space project will commit to taking part in a 6-month (26-week) programme, which will span 3-4 activities per week. How can I get involved? To find out where your nearest hub is or for more information contact us by email. Greater Belfast & Newtownabbey: [email protected] North West (Derry/Londonderry): [email protected] South West (Fermanagh/Donegal/Cavan): [email protected] or [email protected] Referrals for the Third Space rolling programme are welcomed from agencies and organisations working with young people and can be made by contacting the project team at Extern 028 9084 0555 or Verbal 028 7126 6946.