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Monaghan Comhairle na nÓg

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Staying engaged and active during lockdown 

  • Monaghan Comhairle na nÓg have been spreading positivity & inclusivity through social media. They have continued their project on disabilities by running online campaigns to raise awareness of them, notably autism and Down Syndrome. They also took part in the #mindyourselfie campaign.
  • Comhairle member Adam wrote an article for SpunOut – you can read it here
  • They have been developing resources to be included in a pack that the age-friendly coordinator is circulating to older people cocooning e.g. word searches, crosswords, adult colouring sheets, messages from key sports people and shops that provide delivery services and an info sheet on how to use Zoom step by step through the GAA

Current Topics
Monaghan Comhairle na nÓg will be working in two key areas this year:

1. Homelessness
2. Disabilities

This is what they plan to do:

  • A video based on the UN rights of a person with disabilities and a video based on hidden disabilities – two of the Comhairle members have a hidden disability and will be taking part in the video.
  • To organise an inclusion conference in September. All secondary schools across Monaghan will be invited to attend. They hope to invite guest speakers from AsIAm and Special Olympics Ireland.
  • Social media awareness on different disabilities and inclusion. The group took part in World Down Syndrome Day by engaging in the ‘lots of socks’ day where they wore odd and funky socks to raise awareness for Down Syndrome and posted images on the Comhairle social media platforms. The group will also be partaking in World Autism Day on April 2nd. They will be sharing pieces of art work with positive messages and quotes which will be shared across their social media pages.

 

Previous Topics

Monaghan Comhairle were working on three topics in 2019: promoting positive relationships, drugs & alcohol and anti-bullying. In March 2019 they hosted an event in Monaghan where young people participated in a workshop on healthy relationships, received an introduction to the “Real U” Programme organised by Foróige and had fun with a photo booth.

They produced an anti-bully policy which their members developed alongside an ISPCC staff member. For this they were  awarded the Shield My Flag Award from the ISPCC. They are the first Comhairle in the country to receive this award which was developed by the members alongside an ISPCC Childline staff member.

They also did some work with local steering groups, the Joint Policing Committee and the ‘safe-socialising’ committee on their topic of drugs and alcohol. This involved a drugs and alcohol presentation: ‘The perspective of young people on getting a safe socialising message out to 12/13 year olds’, and a youth-led consultation and workshop for Monaghan County Councillors.

One of the highlights of 2019 was a trip to the Ombudsman for Children’s Office.

Comhairle newsletter July 2019 

Monaghan Comhairle newsletter April 2019

 

They also received a youth award for their 2018 LGBT project which included their ‘Colour Run for Equality’ and their ‘The Real Me’ film at the Comhairle Chontae Mhuineacháin awards ceremony 2019.

 

Previous topics

In 2018 Monaghan Comhairle focused on the issues surrounding the LGBT+ community. Their aim was to change the perspective and stigma associated with the LGBT community through awareness and education programmes aimed at parents, young people and the wider community through a print & media campaign. On Monday 24th September they held a Run for Equality in conjunction with Monaghan Sports Partnership.

Monaghan Comhairle’s primary topic for 2017 was mental health, with a particular focus on eating disorders – we ran an awareness campaign on this issue. Our aim was to produce an information flyer and posters which can be distributed to schools as a resource, and delivered as part of the SPHE model to first years. We have also linked with the local CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) to identify someone relevant to speak in our schools, either as part of Healthy Eating week or Positive Mental Health week. 

Monaghan Comhairle na nÓg chose to work on Intergenerational projects with the aim of improving relationships between young and older people. We worked alongside the Older People’s Forum and the Age Friendly County and compiled a database of services and supports available for older people in the County. As part of our plans to improve the connection between the younger and older people in our area, four of our Comhairle members attended the Monaghan Older Peoples Network AGM – see pics at the bottom of the page. While there, they gathered more information for our database on the facilities for older people in our area, Niall gave a speech outlining what Comhairle na nÓg is and why they were there, and they recruited some new faces for the video we were making. We produced a DVD entitled “Breaking Down Stereotypes” in partnership with thirty older people. The DVD looks at common stereotypes that face both generations and reinforces the message that age shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving great things. In the DVD we highlight accomplishments young and old have achieved both locally, nationally and internationally!

Monaghan na nÓg have completed work on the topic of Healthy Eating, with a particular focus on healthy eating options in school canteens.

We also hosted our #LetsGoMental2015 event in October 2015 – some pics below but please watch our video first which really captures the fun of the day.

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One of Monaghan Comhairle na nÓg’s recent success stories was our work on the topic of Positive Mental Health in 2013. We worked closely with Monaghan County Council’s Social Inclusion Measure Group and the Positive Mental Health Sub-Committee, HSE and Mental Health Ireland. Our group succeeded in mapping the services and supports available in the county for those with mental ill-health. We produced “Don’t Worry Be Happy”, a wallet-sized information leaflet listing relevant local and national contacts, as well as practical advice and inspirational quotes. This project drew high praise from the elected members of Monaghan County Council who commended the Comhairle project team on our resourcefulness and initiative. It also received front page coverage in the local press.

 

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