The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People Koulla Yiasouma visited Strathfoyle Women’s Activity Group on Wednesday, December 2, and spoke directly with parents regarding children’s rights as the local community was celebrating the decision of the local Council to fully fund a play park for the area.
Lorna Porter, Centre Manager, said: “This is excellent news for the children and families living in Strathfoyle.
“We have been campaigning for a play park for quite some time now and through working together with council we are very pleased that the project will now become a reality.
“It was also great to have the chance today to discuss children’s rights with the commissioner and we thank her for her visit.”
Elaine Donaghy, Manager of Tiny Tots Community Playgroup, said: “We were delighted today to have the NI Children’s Commissioner Koulla Yiasouma visit our local community and speak with representatives from local organisations and parents.
“Discussion with local parents was a great opportunity as it highlighted the rights of the child and areas parents felt needed further consideration. Also absolutely delighted securing funding for play park .”
Alex Duffy, Chairperson, Strathfoyle Community Association, said: “We as a community are delighted with this news.
“When this news broke yesterday our social media exploded with excitement from our community Christmas really has come early for Strathfoyle.
“We would like to thank Mark Durkan for his contribution and support and also extend our thanks to Paul Fleming and Sinn Féin for their proposal to council which made this a reality. We are ecstatic. “
Philip O’Kane, of the Rural Area Partnership In Derry (RAPID) said: “RAPID are delighted that the Children’s Commissioner took time to visit Strathfoyle today and to hear about the ongoing work of local community organisations in their efforts in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council to secure improved play facilities for the children of the area.
“This collaborative effort on the part of the local community and statutory agencies represents an excellent example of the community planning process in action”
Paul Hughes of Enagh Youth Forum said: “It was great to have the children’s commissioner come and visit Strathfoyle and hear first hand the concerns of local parents.
“Local campaigners feel vindicated and look forward to seeing the play park project come to life overt the coming months.
“This campaign has shown community planning from the bottom up can work.”