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Kerry Comhairle na nÓg

  • Coordinator name: Grace Boyle (maternity leave cover for Ann Marie Spillane)
  • Contact email: graceboyle@kdys.ie 
  • Address:
    C/O Helena Switzer,
    Kerry County Council
    Rathass,
    Tralee
    Co. Kerry
  • Tel: Helena:  066 7183552 / 086 1008827      Grace: 085 7875138
  • National Executive representative: Aoibhnea Morrison
  • Twitter:       @KerryComhairle
  • Facebook:    Kerry Comhairle na nÓg
  • Instagram:  kerrycomhairlenanog 

About us

Kerry Comhairle na nÓg respond to Covid Crisis

Kerry Comhairle have decided to focus on the mental health and well-being of the young people in the county throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Recently they conducted two surveys highlighting some of the challenges young people were facing during Covid.  The group are interested in pursuing this further and hope to reach a larger volume of the young population in Kerry through local schools, local newspaper/radio and a variety of social media platforms.

At the moment there are two parts: a survey/poll to identify the variety of challenges, and the Comhairle’s response to the identified challenges. The response might entail each member sharing a video of what they find helpful; tips on sleep/stress/exercise/healthy eating/screen time/ideas or games to help overcome boredom etc. They spoke about setting up a challenge to share with others, similar to the current ‘5for5 run and donate’ or ‘the ice-bucket challenge’. Collaborating with other local agencies like Jigsaw and disability services was also discussed.

March survey on the challenges facing our young people during COVID-19
https://www.mentimeter.com/s/37e18ee9fe0febf4d6d5c4bf4be89182/5d0e69143ef5

April survey – Update on the challenges the young people are facing
https://www.mentimeter.com/s/0cb3741d21709c20059525b7f8db0af2/7e569d206eaa

 

Current Topics
Kerry Comhairle na nÓg have put Climate Action at the forefront of their workplan in 2020.

2019
They were working on a survey to find out where gaps in youth facilities exist in the county.

2018 
This year we are working on ‘Safe spaces and promotion of LGBTQ+ in our community’ and ‘Racial Stereotyping.’ Kerry Comhairle are linking with KDYS LGBTQ+ groups to do their research and collaborated with LGBTQ+ groups to run an event in July. Kerry Comhairle are linking with the local international resource centre  to run a workshop on racism and stereotyping which asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants can face when they enter a new country/community.

Congratulations to a number of our Comhairle members who were nominated for Garda Youth Achievement Awards.

Work already completed

Kerry Comhairle’s key topic for 2017 was mental health. We organised a mental health conference with speakers, workshops, activities, etc… for Transition Year students throughout Kerry. In conjunction with this, we also looked at how young people cope with exam stress. This is how we plan to do it: we plan to introduce the idea of school ambassadors – training by young people for young people – to be mental health ambassadors in their schools. Our aim is to produce a short web series of videos on coping with exam stress, study skills, tips for relaxation, etc. Our Comhairle members will then act as ambassadors in their schools to show the videos in SPHE and CSPE classes before the time of exams.

We held our 2017 AGM on 13th October in Tralee. To give you an idea of what goes on at an AGM and how youth-led it really is, check out our video below:

Over the past two years Kerry Comhairle na nOg have taken part in a number of exciting initiatives. On the topic of drug and alcohol abuse, they created ‘Hugs not Drugs’ wristbands, ran peer education stands in schools, and contributed to and helped launch a ‘THINK About Alcohol’ booklet. In 2016 they visited Dáil Éireann and a European Youth Event at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. They also organised a Fashion Show as part of the 1916 commemorations.

Here’s a little promo video about us:

 

Kerry Comhairle na nÓg tackled a new topic in 2015: substance abuse and its effects on young people. As part of this topic we produced a substance abuse awareness video.

We also hosted our #LetsGoMental2015 event on Banna Beach in October 2015. See some sample photos below and click here to read more:

 

Kerry Comhairle na nÓg  worked on the topic of Youth Mental Health in 2014. An exciting approach was  adopted – the young members ran a campaign to promote a training programme called “Mental Health First Aid”. This programme will ensure that mental health First Aid training is made compulsory for all professionals working with young people.

We also continued our work on sexual health and developed proposals and actions to address the lack of information for young people. We also worked on an Anti-Bullying campaign, producing a YouTube clip to promote the message to ‘Be an Upstander not a Bystander’.

Kerry Comhairle have also recently made a video celebrating 25 years of the rights of the child. November 20th this year marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the UNCRC – the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

 

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