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Sligo Comhairle are working on an intergenerational project in 2017. We are looking to break down barriers based on stereotypes between the older generation and younger; to share history, music, skills and to form friendships.

We are also working on mental health and well-being. We want to promote positive mental health and well-being through art and music. We plan to organise an event or exhibition/competition for young people in County Sligo to promote art and music as ways to express and promote positive mental health.  We will link with Sligo Arts Office, The Model Art Gallery, Sligo, and the Creative Ireland Initiative

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Sligo Comhairle will focus on getting a student discount card for young people in the county.

We will also continue our work on the topic of mental health. We will host an online photography competition to promote positive mental health and link with the Youth Mental Health Initiative here in Sligo & Leitrim to develop a youth friendly app from the newly launched www.sligoleitrimdirectory.ie 

Sligo Comhairle recently hosted our #LetsGoMental2015 event on 8th August. This was one of the 31 regional events, forming part of the national ‘Lets Go Mental: do something for your mental health today’ campaign.

Here is the link to our event page:

http://www.comhairlenanog.ie/lets-go-mental-sligo-08-08-2015/

Comhairle na nÓg Sligo held an Open Day in the C.R.I.B. Youth Project & Health Café promoting positive mental well-being through music and the Fleadh Cheoil. The members also handed out important information promoting the services available in the local area. Comhairle na nÓg Sligo also entered the Irish Cancer Society X-hale awards with a two minute movie. X-HALE aims to get important messages out to young people in Ireland about the effects of smoking and discourage young people from taking up smoking.

Sligo Comhairle na nÓg have completed work in 2013 on the topic of ‘stereotyping of young people’. We focused on exploring different social groups in Sligo and how to overcome the labels that have been placed on them.  The group took part in workshops during which they looked at the current membership of their Comhairle – they discussed how best to reach young people who were not represented on the group and how to ensure they were including the views of as many young people as possible.

The group also took part in a four-part exchange with Belfast City Youth Council – this exchange focused on growing respect, reducing perceptions and stereotypes which exist between young people from Northern Ireland, as well as other religions and backgrounds. The exchange also provided an opportunity to share best practise and discuss the issues affecting young people on each side of the border.

Members of Sligo Comhairle na nÓg also participated in a cross border residential with a total of 5 youth groups including 3 others from Sligo and 2 from Northern Ireland. Additionally members of Sligo Comhairle met with members of the Protestant Community in Sligo (VEC Engage Project) – the purpose of this meeting was to break down barriers and to build relationships between the groups with a view to having a more diverse membership on the Comhairle.

We have also worked on the topic of Youth Mental Health in the past and developed the Sligo/Leitrim Youth Mental Health initiative which looks at the mental health services in both counties and at the gaps that exist.

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