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Galway County Comhairle na nÓg

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Current topic

Galway County Comhairle are working on the topic of Ageism in 2018. Their plan is to host local area events across the county with workshops on challenging prejudices. The committee are hoping to create an educational resource out of what they learn from the workshops and for those resources to be used by young people for peer to peer work.

Their secondary topic is mental health. On 26th April 2018 they launched their fundraiser for youth mental health in the form of a 3km Colour Dash Fun Run. The ‘Colourful Minds’ fun run aims to support & promote positive mental health in young people in Tuam. Youth Work Ireland Galway currently provide free youth counselling, both 1-1 and through group programmes, but due to demand they have a 12-week waiting list at present. The young people are running to raise funds for the continuation of this much-needed service. But while this is a fundraiser, it also aimed to be a celebration of positive mental health in the Tuam Community.

 

Previous topics

Relationships and Sexual Health was Galway County Comhairle’s main topic for 2017. We hosted a series of workshops on identifying the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Our secondary topic was Supporting Refugees, a joint project with Galway City Comhairle. We had fantastic success with this project and were announced the overall winners in the Community Based Youth Initiatives at the Pride of Place Awards for their work on Supporting Refugees.We undertook intercultural training to do the following: understand the Syrian Refugee crisis, support young refugees and asylum seekers to integrate in their communities, to understand the cultural differences, and to support the needs of young people leaving Direct Provision. We hosted a cultural evening to raise awareness and promote social cohesion in Galway city.


Galway County Comhairle  focused on the topic of Sexual Health and Awareness in 2016. We ran a campaign to stop unsolicited sexually explicit photos being sent via Snapchat. We surveyed young people to see what they think about how the Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) programme is being delivered in schools. They have identified issues with the programme, but we want to see if this is the same for others in the county. With the training in research skills we developed a survey to be delivered in schools and at the local area events that were held across the county in April (three during Youth Work Ireland week). We also continued our work on promoting positive mental health, as below.

Galway County Comhairle na nÓg focused on the topic of mental health in 2015. As part of our work, we made this video:


Our topic for 2013/2014 involved the creation of a Comhairle na nÓg branded Discount Card, offering a card with local discounts to young people in County Galway. To do this we linked with ISIC International and Galway Chamber of Commerce. Workshops were carried out across the electoral areas on ‘Ethical Consumption’ and considering the costs to others when we purchase goods.

In 2012/2013 Galway County Comhairle na nÓg produced a ‘Revision Guide’ focusing on students recognising their own strengths, and qualities that aid them in revision. Consultations with students were carried out across the county in the five electoral areas.

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