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Leitrim Comhairle na nÓg

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Current topic

Leitrim Comhairle’s key topic for 2017 is a campaign against antisocial behaviour and violence: ‘Use your brain, not your fist’. We want to encourage young people to be safe in their actions and to not engage in fighting. This will include the making of a video and worksheets to be distributed to schools and youth clubs. Key message: to show young people how one fight can change your life and to look at things from a victim’s perspective.

Work already completed

Leitrim Comhairle focused on the topic of homelessness in 2016. We intend to launch the results of our survey on youth attitudes to homelessness and will design a schools programme on homelessness and awareness for young people.

Leitrim Comhairle na nÓg recently took part in #5NationsYouth Participation Weekend in Belfast with young people from the British Youth Parliament, Scottish Youth Parliament, Northern Ireland Youth Forum and Welsh Youth Parliament.
We are carrying out a survey on “Youth Perceptions on the Homeless” in schools in Leitrim. We are working with St Vincent De Paul and The North West Simon Community on this project.

The Comhairle are also carrying out a Feasibility study in one town in Leitrim. This town was highlighted at our AGM as having very few facilities for youth. In addition, we have completed our PR and Committee Skills Training. We are also looking at the introduction of ISIC cards for schools in Leitrim area.

Leitrim Comhairle na nÓg has been working on three key themes and actions since 2013:

– Mental Health
– Studying & Time Management
– Transition to Secondary Level School

In 2014, we held two exchange visits to tour Northern Ireland partners from Carrickfergus Youth Forum. In May we were involved in the organisation of a joint North-South Youth Mental Health Conference – the Comhairle organised the day’s event which included young people from both sides of the border.

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We also continued the work carried out in 2012-13 through ‘Life 101 Part 2 – dealing with the transition from Primary to Secondary school. This included life style & study tips, positive mental health and tips for surviving secondary school.The Comhairle members developed and delivered a workshop for 1st year students covering bullying, safe socialising, positive mental health (how to de-stress), life coping skills and body image.

 

In 2012-13, Leitrim Comhairle na nÓg worked on ‘Life 101’ – the  development of a practical coping skills programme aimed at 6th class students in national schools and 1st year students in secondary schools to help with the transition into secondary school life. Packs were produced and delivered to local schools. We carried out research among post-primary students to identify gaps in the current Social, Personal and Health Education Programme (SPHE).

In the past we have instigated and developed a roadshow on mental health, which toured the secondary schools in the county informing young people of support services and youth services that exist in the area. We also completed work on mapping youth groups and facilities in the county, having carried out extensive research with young people in the area.

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