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Posted On: 8th May 2013

Fixers now on UTV in Northern Ireland

Some of the Northern Ireland Fixers
Fixer Sean McAteer and fellow Fixer Davey Cosgrove

Starting this month, Fixers - ‘the biggest thing for young people in the UK’ – will be featured on UTV Live in Northern Ireland.

 

In the UTV region, and elsewhere, Fixers tackle everything from homelessness to drug misuse, homophobia and knife crime, often building on something personal to create change using their insight and authority.

 

Thanks to a £7.2 million grant from the Big Lottery, Fixers will be working with 21,000 young people between 16 and 25 for the next three years, allowing them to change things for the better.

 

This month’s featured Fixers are tackling the tragic high numbers of suicides amongst young people in West Belfast, and plan to visit schools with a message for young people to talk about what’s troubling them.

 

After losing a close friend two years ago, lead Fixer Sean McAteer (16) and his group of friends from Belfast have decided to raise awareness about the issue.

 

Also featured in the launch piece is Fixer Vicki Kane (24) from Magherafelt, who is campaigning for every primary school child to be taught sign language and Fixer Jonny Lennox, a singer from Castledawson, who's using his musical skills to help women in abusive relationships.

 

TV presenter Zoe Salmon, who attended the official Northern Ireland launch in Stormont, is also featured in the piece.

 

For more information on the Fixers mentioned above, click on the related stories and profiles below.

 

 

Author: N. Farooq

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