Participants from across Derry/ Londonderry came together recently to celebrate their success after completing our Third Space programme. 

For the past 26 weeks, young people from across the North West area have been taking part in a range of activities including Shared Reading, Digital storytelling, community engagement as well as outdoor pursuits. As part of the programme, participants have also gained an OCN qualification. 

This project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme. It will operate across Northern Ireland, Cavan and Donegal until 2021 managed by the Special EU programmes Body (SEUPB).

A special celebration event was held in the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre in Limavady last Thursday evening (June 27) to mark the young people’s achievements. 

As part of the programme, young people have also had the opportunity to create their own digital story focussing on issues that are important to them.  

As well as hearing first-hand from the young people about their experience, the celebration event was also used as an opportunity to showcase some of their digital stories. 

Friends, Robyn McNerlin, Lauren Brolly and Lauren Lavelle, from the Limavady area decided to focus their digital story around the issues of judgement.  In their video, the girls shared their experiences on being judged and how it has made them feel. 

15-year-old Robyn explained the reason why they decided to make their video on judgement. 

“We don’t think judgement is talked about enough.  It’s like there is a blanket over it.  I have judged others both knowingly and subconsciously but that doesn’t make it right.

“We think young people should talk about judgement more openly and try not to let what other people think get to them,” said Lauren. 

We are currently recruiting for our next intake of young people onto the Third Space programme.