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Current Topics
Kildare Comhairle na nÓg have put Drug and Alcohol Awareness at the heart of their work in 2020.  They plan to develop a campaign on education and awareness-raising with a focus on health effects and impacts on others. The group will engage with the local Drug and Alcohol task force, Kildare Youth Service’s HALO project – young people’s addiction counselling service, and Drug Prevention and Education Initiatives.

And never has our work on the topic of mental health become more relevant than today, during the global Covid pandemic. You can read more about our ‘5-a-day for well-being‘ below.


Previous topics
Kildare Comhairle continued their work on mental health in 2019. Peer-led mental health workshop were developed and  piloted  in some schools in Kildare.
They have been raising awareness of positive mental health and support services available in Kildare by linking with local schools. They produced this brilliant pamphlet below which focuses on peer education in relation to mental health. It was launched in late 2019. It includes information on the small things you can do every day to mind your own mental health, signposting to national and local services, and best of all, it includes the ‘5-a-day for well-being‘ test – a way for you to keep track of how many of the Five-A-Day you’re incorporating into your everyday life, the aim being to try and include as many as possible into each day. You can measure your own progress on a weekly basis and hopefully find new activities that float your boat and to bring a small amount of joy into everyday life.

Kildare CNN Five a Day for Wellbeing

Kildare Comhairle’s key topic for 2017 was disability issues for young people. Their aim was to launch a public awareness campaign to support people with disabilities living in County Kildare. They linked with local disability organisations to guide their work. In addition, by linking with young people with disabilities and by using a variety of media, they aimed to make people aware of what it is like living with a disability in Co. Kildare. Here is their awareness video featuring Comhairle members stepping into the shoes of those with various disabilities and seeing and feeling the world from their eyes and their point of view. Comhairle members were in agreement that this was eye-opening.

In 2017 Kildare Comhairle continued their work from 2015 on getting a relevant Student Card for young people in Kildare with discounts on services and businesses in Kildare,  linking with the Chambers of Commerce of Kildare.

Their secondary topic was about exploring issues with access to transport (rural) for young people in County Kildare.  The Local Authority provided more funding to the Comhairle to help them to achieve this.

Kildare Comhairle na nÓg has recently been working on a new student discount card and creation of voucher booklets for all young people in Kildare, offering cheaper products and services in the following areas: clothes, sports, entertainment and food.

In 2014 they laid the groundwork for getting ‘Cool-Down Areas’ in schools in Kildare to support students who need a time-out from stuff going on in their lives.

In 2013, Kildare Comhairle na nÓg worked on a campaign called Give 5 Mins, which advocated for adults to give up five minutes of their time to a young person who may be going through a tough period in their lives. The campaign was designed to promote positive mental health. As part of the campaign, we made an inspirational music video to get our message across. They had wristbands, pens and posters designed which were sent out to schools and youth organisations in Kildare.

 

 

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