Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg
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Dublin City Council,
Children Services Unit, Culture, Recreation and Economic Department,
3 Palace Street,
Tel: 01 222-5394 | 086 601 4215
- National Executive representative: Oscar Despard
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- Website: http://www.dublincity.ie/comhairle
Dublin City Comhairle’s key topic for 2017 is homelessness, with a focus on youth homelessness. Our action plan is to launch a campaign that supports and raises awareness of young people in emergency accommodation with their families.
We have also decided to focus on children in care by highlighting their challenges upon leaving the care system at eighteen. Ideas we will explore include hosting an awareness day, engaging with organisations that work with and support children in care, creating a video on children in care and their experience, and establishing a Needs Charter for children in care. We will be connecting with organisations like EPIC and Tulsa to help us develop our idea further.
In early 2017 some Comhairle members took part in a civic engagement consultation with Robert Chaskin, a Professor from the University of Chicago, now working with the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway. He wanted to know what our thoughts were on citizenship and civic engagement. We spoke about our involvement in Comhairle, our thoughts on politics and how we, as young people, form our opinions in relation to what is going on in society and how it affects us.
We have been invited by the Arts Office in Dublin City Council to have an input into the Dublin bid for European Capital of Culture 2020. We will be meeting with them for Tea & Chats: you can read more about it here.
Work already completed:
This terrific video was made by the creative young people of Dublin City’s Comhairle na nÓg to tell the story of Dublin Bay and its UNESCO Biosphere in their own words. www.dublinbaybiosphere.ie Following up from consultation and work with Dublin City Council’s Biodiversity Unit in 2015, Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg members created this innovative video for young people on Dublin Bay Biosphere in 2016. The video was launched by the Lord Mayor of Dublin City Brendan Carr after which the Daily Mirror featured an article on the video. It also featured on News2day on RTE.
Members were congratulated at the UNESCO summit in Peru and interviewed by RTE2 TV News2Day. This interview can be viewed here:
UNESCO Summit: Peru 2016
In a message to Comhairle na nÓg members, Meriem Bouamrane of UNESCO said, “The passionate video you have designed shows very clearly what a Biosphere is: a celebration of life and a long term commitment for people to care for each other while connecting with nature. You are inspiring examples for your peers, for your parents, for adults and for the World Network of Biospheres. You are inspiring examples for your peers, for your parents, for adults and for the World Network of Biospheres. You are demonstrating that young people care about this planet and play a vital role in our societies to benefit both the local and global communities.“
Education System & Emotional Counselling.
Dublin City Comhairle’s primary topic for 2016 focused on the Education System. We progressed our topic by making a video for teachers about their students’ problems, and for students about how to deal with teachers and school. We aim to distribute this to all schools in Dublin City in 2016 – 17. We will liaise with organisations to bring in proper emotional counselling. We will conduct research on issues and a survey to find out the needs of young people in Dublin City. We aim to submit our proposal to the Department of Education & Skills along with statistics and surveys and demand government commitment. You can watch our video below.
The video has a cast of fifteen young people and focuses on issues which may affect performance in the classroom. It forms part of the 2016 working topic along with two surveys on the education system and emotional counselling. One survey is for teachers and youth workers in second level education, and the second survey is for completion by young people. Additional to this, the Comhairle have submitted an assessment of the DEIS school programme with a focus on the need for emotional counselling to the Department of Education & Skills. All the Comhairle members had a direct input into the DEIS submission.
On the 9th January 2015 in the Mansion House, Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg were presented with a Community & Recreation Centre Volunteer Award by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Christy Burke, in recognition for their work to make the 13 recreation centres of Dublin City more youth friendly. They wrote a report with recommendations on how these centres can be improved for young people in Dublin City. To date, three centres (East Wall, Sherriff Street and Pearse Street) have been renovated and the recommendations made by the young people in Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg have been implemented. Work is ongoing in the other 10 recreation centres and will be completed early this year. See pics below.
Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg members made this video to encourage young people to make a submission to the new Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022. Jim Keogan, Executive Manager, Dublin City Council wrote to Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg members inviting them to make a submission to the new development plan. 41 members of Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg had a direct input into the Development Plan submission. The views and opinions from two Comhairle na nÓg AGMs (2013 & 2014), which were each attended by approximately 200 young people, were also included when preparing this submission.
Dublin City Comhairle worked on the topic of Youth Services in 2015. At our AGM in October 2014, youth services was chosen as the topic for Comhairle members to work on for the year. Since then members have analysed all the information discussed by the 200 young people at the AGM and hosted a meeting with a panel of experts working in youth services. Members used this information to vote and decide on their work plan for the year. In 2015, members were busy lobbying to get a Jigsaw project in Dublin City and aim to open a youth café in one of the Dublin City Council Recreation Centres.
Over the last two years, Dublin City Comhairle members have been busy working on the topics of Mental Health and Cyber-bullying. Members made a DVD called “Dare to Talk” which was launched as part of a music event “Dare to Listen” and highlighted the importance of music to young people’s Mental Health. Comhairle members designed a feel-good booklet called “Be a Cyber Buddy….Not a Cyber Bully” which included art, poetry, advice and links. Members also worked on a Recreation Centre Project where we visited some of Dublin City Council’s Recreation Centres and made recommendations to make the centres more youth friendly.
Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg recently completed work on the SMILE initiative which was a series of events raising awareness about youth mental health. Comhairle members made a DVD called “Dare to Talk” which will be a resource for young people, schools, youth services and community groups to support young people in maintaining good mental health. The DVD is comprised of five different clips which highlight the importance of communication and one good adult – see below.
Comhairle members organised a music event “Dare to Listen” in the Academy to highlight the importance of music to young people’s Mental Health. They invited organisations such as Spunout, Reachout and Teenline to provide information to young people on how to look after their Mental Health and the support that is available to young people going through a hard time. Comhairle members wrote and produced their own song about Mental Health called “Tunnel Lights”. The song and the making of it are shown on the DVD.
In 2012 we developed the Bullying Action Team (BAT) initiative which is a peer-led approach to tackling the issue of bullying in schools. Two schools in Dublin City are piloting the initiative at the moment. We will continue to monitor the progress made in these pilots and advocate for more schools and decision makers to adopt this student-led approach.