New Ross youth offer friendship to Ukrainian refugees

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Every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the young people of New Ross invite members of the Ukrainian community to visit the center where they will have access to a meeting room and a small kitchen for tea and coffee.

They can also access guest Wi-Fi for free.

“All children are welcome in our little sensory garden and playground. We would like to talk to the Ukrainian community about other resources and opportunities that children and young adults need, in particular we would like to create a youth group” said Dave Gray, CEO of Youth New Ross.

In April and May, approximately 50 members of the Ukrainian community came to Youth New Ross for help with issues of housing, employment, transportation and education.

“Youth New Ross collected and distributed good quality games, toys, arts and crafts for children. Thank you to everyone who donated.”

Youth New Ross works closely with Wexford Leader Partnership, Wexford County Council, Tusla, South West Wexford Family Resource Center and South Wexford County accommodation providers.

“Together we have organized an Easter arts camp with a summer camp being planned and English lessons also being sought. Information points and drop-in centers are also coordinated by other state, community and voluntary organizations across the county.

Youth New Ross would also like to acknowledge the amazing work of local schools and sports clubs, daycares and health care providers and New Ross Friends of Ukraine volunteers, as well as local families from across the community.

Youth New Ross is located at The Bullawn and can be contacted on 051 425415.

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