Longford Comhairle na nÓg
- Coordinator name: Avril Gilchriest
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C/O Laura McPhillips,
Longford County Council
Community and Enterprise
Áras an Chontae
Great Water Street
- Tel: Laura: 043 3343300 Avril: 086 7945677
- National Executive representative: Luke Casserly
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- Twitter: @LdComhairle
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Current topic Work already completed
Longford Comhairle’s primary topic for 2017 is Culture, and in particular exploring the cultural aspects of Longford. We will work in partnership with the Creative Ireland Initiative which encourages cultural initiatives in every county to celebrate local culture, and with Longford County Council to develop a Creative Ireland programme for Longford. Creative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016 – a five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy.
Our secondary topic is Student Life. We will create a directory of companies in the county who are willing to take students on placement. This directory will be accessible to Transition Year and Leaving Cert Applied students, in addition to other school programmes requiring work experience. We think it will be a really useful resource.
We will also be working on the topic of Self Esteem. We are currently working with the HSE Mental Health Services in Longford and Westmeath to reproduce and redesign a mental health booklet for families.
Work already completed
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A Health Promotion Initiative was Longford Comhairle’s focus of work in 2016-17. Our secondary topic was based on the 1916 Centenary and in coming up with new and innovative ways to commemorate it. For our Centenary Celebrations, we plan on commemorating 1916 by either commissioning a monument, or developing and making a video/play for Longford.
Longford Comhairle Na nÓg commenced work on a campaign against homophobic bullying in 2015. As well as this, Longford Comhairle are redeveloping their “Longford 411” website, which will contain articles, information and events about all aspects of life for teenagers. Coinciding with this, the Comhairle intend on presenting their viewpoints in regard to the key social and economic problems in Co. Longford to our County Council.
We also hosted our #LetsGoMental2015 event in June 2015. To read more click here:
In 2014, Longford Comhairle na nÓg were working on the topic of bullying, with a particular focus on internet safety, and with a view to developing youth-friendly resources to combat cyber-bullying. Members took part in FAB FEB workshops as part of an anti-bullying campaign rolled out by Foróige, enabling us to get a clearer understanding of what cyber-bullying is and how Comhairle na nOg could apply their knowledge to prevent it from happening. At our AGM in 2013, we launched our DVD ‘Cyber-bullying Awareness’, scripted and acted out by our own Comhairle members, and which was directed and recorded by one of our peers Callum O’Brien.
We have also recently launched a promo video for our Comhairle – see below:
Longford Comhairle na nÓg have recently completed work on the topic of bullying with a focus on internet safety and cyber-bullying. We researched this topic with a view to developing youth friendly resources to combat cyber bullying in our area. The young people took part in FAB FEB workshops which was the anti-bullying campaign rolled out by Foróige. This enabled us to get a clearer understanding of what cyber-bullying was and how Comhairle na nOg could apply their knowledge to prevent it from happening. We recognised that every year young people beginning to use the internet are increasingly younger. The problem with this is the young people are not informed and as a result putting themselves at risk of cyber bullying. We produced and recorded a DVD on cyber-bullying to roll out to all the primary schools for sixth class students. We developed leaflets on Tips for Parents on what was online. Click on link below to view our Cyber-Bullying Awareness clip on YouTube.