‘The pandemic showed up the inequality of those who have safe spaces, and those who don’t’

Belvedere Youth Club had to close down from March until June, leaving 350 children who rely on it without a safe space. Now it needs €200,000 a year to keep going

13th December, 2020
‘The pandemic showed up the inequality of those who have safe spaces, and those who don’t’
Jenny Courtney, general manager of Belvedere Youth Club on Buckingham Street Picture: Bryan Meade

On a Tuesday evening in Dublin’s north east inner city, a group of lively young girls are painting gigantic gingerbread figures hot pink, glasses of half-drunk squash are on the counter, and there is a stream of excited Christmas chatter.

The girls are animated and safe inside the bubble created by Belvedere Youth Club (BYC). Aimee wants to be a midwife one day, and Lacey wants to be a teacher.

But for now...

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