Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín met a delegation of young people who have all had experience of living in care.
They were interviewing the Minister for a special newsletter to mark the first Care Day today, February 19.
The event, organised in conjunction with Voice of Young People in Care (VOYPIC), took place in DCAL headquarters in Causeway Exchange, Belfast.
On Care Day, scores of children and their carers will join VOYPIC and other organisations to tell real and positive stories of children and care leavers. The newsletter, produced by young people and funded by DCAL, will be a key part of this.
The Minister said: “Since taking office, my priority has been promoting equality while targeting poverty and social exclusion. Looked-after children are a key group in this regard. They have the same right to access culture, arts and sport as everyone else. But the reality is that opportunities can be few and far between, for many different reasons.
“DCAL funding is supporting a number of initiatives for young people in care and care leavers. I welcome the opportunity to speak to these young people. I am delighted that they chose to interview me for the VOYPIC newsletter, and pleased that I was able to speak with them in person, be a part of Care Day and offer them my continued support.”
Vivian McConvey, VOYPIC’s CEO, said: “Minister Ní Chuilín is really showing her support for VOYPIC’s first ever Care Day. The funding from her department is an investment in our long-term campaign to promote positive messages and raise awareness with all corporate parents of children in care. I’m delighted that so many organisations have come on board to mark Care Day – from dawn to dusk there’s something going on somewhere across NI.”