The Covid-19 lockdown made it very difficult to deliver OCN Level 2 qualifications in Tour Guiding. However, with funding support from the Great Place Scheme, several successul participants were able to complete an online virtual course with South West College in Spring 2021.
Thankfully, as the Covid-19 restrictions were gradually eased, it was possible to offer the young people from the Assist Youth programme at Coalisland Training Services the opportunity to complete the course. The group was tutored by James Walsh, Ireland Coach Tours, and they learned important skills as he took them on tours through venues such as the Ulster Museum. In addition, we were also able to provide them with funding for a Royal Yacht Association Powerboat Training course. This means that the young people will be qualified to guide trips for members of the public on the River Blackwater Community Barge.