The Bytes Project is happy to announce that it has been awarded a three-year grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to develop our Rural Sparks initiative. This funding will cover the initial development and co-design of a framework that can support our work in rural communities over the next 5-10 years.

Rural Sparks is a long term, youth-led project that aims to tackle inequalities affecting young people in Northern Ireland’s rural communities. Working with young people we hope to address issues such a social isolation, lack of access to opportunities and inequalities in representation and voice. These issues have been identified by our existing engagement with young people in rural areas, which has highlighted a consistent range of key problem affecting young people outside of large urban centres.

Roger Warnock, Director of The Bytes Project, said: We’re delighted by this opportunity and the support that the Paul Hamlyn Foundation has provided us. This funding will be vital as we develop a framework to support young people in rural communities and help them fight for equality and representation.

For more information, contact Patrick Thompson via email ([email protected]).