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Waterford Comhairle’s main topic for 2017 is challenging stereotypes. Our goal: to challenge all stereotypes by promoting acceptance and empathy. To promote self-confidence and to feel happy with who you are. Next steps: to identify partners and key stakeholders and to establish a steering committee. Our campaign name is: “No fear of the other”.

 

Work already completed

Waterford Comhairle na nOg are currently working on the theme of ‘Active Citizenship’.  We have been engaging in this theme in a number of ways.

  • Teen Space – a website for young people by young people.  http://www.teenspacewaterford.ie – launched in October 2016. Teen Space Waterford is an online information hub for young people aged 12– 17. The hub has a range of localised information on topics such as health, education, social issues, and much more.

  • 50k cycle as part of the Sean Kelly Tour in collaboration with Waterford Sports Partnership
  • Waterford Day providing a space for young people to connect to their sense of Citizenship. Activities on the day included an art wall, origami, music, a ‘food for thought’ table and more.
  • Volunteering with local initiatives including The West Waterford Food Festival, 3 Sisters Bid Activities, SPRAOI, National Play Day & Donal O’ Connor Memorial Cycle
  • Let’s Go Mental 2015 – positive mental health campaign for young people

Waterford Comhairle focused on the topic of substance misuse and abuse in 2015. We also continued our work on the topic of civic pride and youth facilities.

We recently made three videos to explain what Comhairle means to young people: you can view these below


Waterford City and Waterford County Comhairle were operating as two separate Comhairle until the Local Authority merger in 2014, and up to this point were working on separate topics.

IN 2013-14 Waterford City Comhairle focused their time on Civic Pride. The Comhairle wanted to come up with a way by which they could honour past and present Waterford Heroes, thus the Waterford Heroes Initiative was developed. A public poll was held to choose Waterford’s top five heroes: Edmund Rice, John Keane, John Mullane, Thomas Francis Meaghar and Tony Browne. Murals were created in their honour and are mounted on public display in the Viking Triangle, Waterford.

Waterford County Comhairle had a successful two years tackling Body Image and in particular, cyber-bullying.  In 2013, Comhairle members convinced nearly 5,000 students to take the Cyber Code on the county-wide Cyber Day. They also showcased the Cyber Code in Dáil Éireann and at national and international Conferences.
In 2014, the Comhairle created an SPHE resource for Body Image. The “What Is Beauty?” campaign consisted of videos, posters and an in-class activity sheet.
The group was also awarded an All Island Pride of Place Award in the Enterprise and Youth category.

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