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Sligo Comhairle na nÓg

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Intergenerational Project

Aims of the project:

  • Break down stereotypes that each group may have about the other
  • Get to know each other and improve relations between younger and older people

Organise a number of meetings which will include some of the following

  • Speak about issues facing youth and older members of the community
  • Share common interests and skills
  • Share/discuss political issues – voting age in Ireland
  • Look at using technology – assist if needed. Show the value of it
  • Music and dance event
  • Make a booklet or comic about the project
  • Ask active age group how they feel the world/society has changed – historical element

Good Relations Project with the local Gardaí 

The theme for this project came up following the groups AGM where we spoke about perceptions of young people and also the topic of being and staying safe when out socialising. Through further discussion the group highlighted the topic of preconceptions and stereotyping of teenagers about members of the Gardaí and vice versa – they decided they would like to explore the topic further via research including surveys with teenagers in the County and the Gardaí.

The survey/research results along with discussions between young people and the Gardaí will form a basis for a “Good Relations Project”  which will aim to dispel negative stereotypes and pave the way for a more inclusive approach from both groups to tackle youth related topics/issues in Sligo.

To support and prepare the group to achieve the best outcomes in this project they will take part in The Youth as Researchers Training Programme created by UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUIG.


Work already completed

Sligo Comhairle commenced work on an intergenerational project in 2017 which is continuing to date. We are looking to break down barriers based on stereotypes between the older generation and younger; to share history, music, skills and to form friendships.

We also focused on mental health and well-being. We want to promote positive mental health and well-being through art and music and organised an event  for young people in County Sligo to promote art and music as ways to express and promote positive mental health.  We linked with Sligo Arts Office, The Model Art Gallery, Sligo, and the Creative Ireland Initiative

We hosted an online photography competition to promote positive mental health and link with the Youth Mental Health Initiative here in Sligo & Leitrim to develop a youth friendly app from the newly launched 

Sligo Comhairle hosted our #LetsGoMental2015 event on 8th August. This was one of the 31 regional events, forming part of the national ‘Lets Go Mental: do something for your mental health today’ campaign. Here is the link to our event page:

In 2014 Comhairle na nÓg Sligo held an Open Day in the C.R.I.B. Youth Project & Health Café promoting positive mental well-being through music and the Fleadh Cheoil. The members also handed out important information promoting the services available in the local area. Comhairle na nÓg Sligo also entered the Irish Cancer Society X-hale awards with a two minute movie. X-HALE aims to get important messages out to young people in Ireland about the effects of smoking and discourage young people from taking up smoking.

Sligo Comhairle na nÓg have completed work in 2013 on the topic of ‘stereotyping of young people’. We focused on exploring different social groups in Sligo and how to overcome the labels that have been placed on them.  The group took part in workshops during which they looked at the current membership of their Comhairle – they discussed how best to reach young people who were not represented on the group and how to ensure they were including the views of as many young people as possible.

The group also took part in a four-part exchange with Belfast City Youth Council – this exchange focused on growing respect, reducing perceptions and stereotypes which exist between young people from Northern Ireland, as well as other religions and backgrounds. The exchange also provided an opportunity to share best practise and discuss the issues affecting young people on each side of the border.

Members of Sligo Comhairle na nÓg also participated in a cross border residential with a total of 5 youth groups including 3 others from Sligo and 2 from Northern Ireland. Additionally members of Sligo Comhairle met with members of the Protestant Community in Sligo (VEC Engage Project) – the purpose of this meeting was to break down barriers and to build relationships between the groups with a view to having a more diverse membership on the Comhairle.

We have also worked on the topic of Youth Mental Health in the past and developed the Sligo/Leitrim Youth Mental Health initiative which looks at the mental health services in both counties and at the gaps that exist.

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