Exiles Forum

Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

Public meeting to discuss youth outreach

Event To Take Place At Kingdom Life Centre

THE Kingdom Life Faith Centre in Graham Gardens will be the venue for a public meeting tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 10.00am at which the need to reach out to young people in the city will be discussed.

Local church leaders have recently spent Saturday evenings in Belfast City Centre witnessing at first hand how youth leaders are reaching out to young people in the area.

A spokesperson said they have been very impressed with this `tremendous Christian Outreach' and want to unite parents, grandparents, volunteers, and youth leaders from all Lisburn's churches in a similar cross community effort to tackle youth issues.

He referred to recently published statistics which showed 73% of 15 year olds take alcohol, 36% take drugs, 32% are sexually active, and 25% of girls have contemplated or attempted suicide.


"These are just some of the many issues that face young people today, so, if you have a passion to tackle these youth issues and reach out to the young people of Lisburn, please attend this meeting," he continued.

"Just an hour of your time will make a difference - by being there you give others permission to get involved and together we can help make Lisburn a better community and a safer place for everyone.

Your voice will be heard. During the meeting, representatives from local Churches, P.S.N.I., Lisburn City Council, Schools and Youth Groups will discuss practical schemes used in other towns and cities in the UK and develop a proposed strategy to reach out to the young people of Lisburn."