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Carlow Comhairle na nÓg

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Current topic

Carlow Comhairle’s primary topic for 2017 is LGBT Awareness. We plan to put together a programme of LGBT peer-led leadership training with a focus on LGBT support and awareness in schools. Upon completion, our Comhairle members will deliver the LGBT awareness raising workshops in schools.

Work already completed

Carlow Comhairle na nÓg conducted a Countywide Needs Analysis in 2016 to identify and record the gaps in transport services and the impact this has on young people in County Carlow. We presented these findings and made representation outlining the young people’s concerns to key service providers and local decision makers. The aim of this topic of transport was to introduce an I.D. solution for under 18’s in Carlow in order to avail of affordable transport (such as student Leap card).

Carlow Comhairle na nÓg have recently completed their work on the topic of mental heath, which had a particular focus on promoting happiness. Our aim was to create awareness of the ‘ten keys to happier living’ roadshow throughout the schools in Carlow, encouraging young people to be happy activists. In May 2015 we set up a Happy Café during school exams, which was a brilliant success.

We have also recently completed work on the topic of individuality – our aim was to promote diversity and acceptance of young individuality and to increase positivity of the young people in Carlow. We recently made a documentary on the topic of individuality.It explores perceptions of individuality and highlights the importance for young people to recognise their own uniqueness and respect differences of others. The documentary was launched in October 2014 during Carlow mental health association Mensana festival. It also reached young people in schools during SPHE classes. The key message delivered by Comhairle during 2014 is that It’s ok to be yourself   #Standout

In 2013 Carlow Comhairle worked on the topic of bullying. We  focused on the impact of bullying in schools and conducted research in all the secondary schools through a questionnaire we designed. Based on the results of this we will develop solutions and link in with local decision makers.

 

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