FDYS move into old ESB premises
FDYS will bring all of their services under one roof when they relocate to a new premises on Common Quay Street in the coming months.
In a presentation by Mr Sean Cooke at yesterday (Monday's) Borough District Council meeting, plans for a new 'one stop shop for young people' were outlined to the councillors. The move will see the FDYS bring all of their services to the old ESB Building in Wexford town beside the Bullring.
Mr Cooke said that the new premises would help them to consolidate the FDYS brand in the town centre.
The building works on the Type 3 youth facility are set to cost over €57,000. FDYS are seeking funding from the National Lottery, the Reasonable Accommodation Fund for the Employment of People with Disabilities and the capital grants DCYA 2016. They also called on Wexford Borough Council to support their endeavour. Work on the building will involve the installation of disabled toilets and various minor upgrades and refurbishment works.
Councillor Jim Moore thanked Mr Cooke for the presentation and said he welcomed the ongoing development of youth services in Wexford. His words of praise were echoed by Cllr Deirdre Wadding, who said that the work of FDYS is 'hugely important'.
'We can't invest in anything more important than our youth,' she added. Cllr Davy Hynes said that services for young people are 'essential', while Cllr George Lawlor also offered his full support.
'I have seen firsthand the work that FDYS do,' said Cllr Lawlor. 'It is tremendous work and long may that continue.'
Cllr Frank Staples also showed his support for the cause, as did Mayor of Wexford Cllr Ger Carthy, who said that as a service for young people, FDYS are at the forefront in shaping the future.