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2019

Monaghan Comhairle newsletter April 2019

Monaghan Comhairle na nÓg are on a winning streak. They have been awarded the Shield My Flag Award from the ISPCC for their fantastic work in developing an Anti-Bullying Policy. 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 have also just 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.

Their topics for 2019 are as follows:

Promoting positive relationships
• They are p
lanning a flash mob which will portray relationships
• They have established an online survey for young people to take part in about relationships. They will create a chalk art piece in each main town in Co.Monaghan with some of the statistics of the survey.
• They are in the process of developing posters for the topic of relationships.

Drugs & Alcohol
We are working with local steering groups, the Joint policing committee and safe socialising committee to progress this topic.

Anti-Bullying
Development of the anti-bully policy (see above)

 

2018
Monaghan Comhairle are currently working on three topics: 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 and are doing some work with local steering groups, Joint policing committee and safe socialising committee on drugs and alcohol.

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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