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Westmeath Comhairle na nÓg

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Current topic

Westmeath Comhairle’s key topic for 2017 is mental health. We aim to host the largest positive mental health & well-being event for young people in the Midlands. Aim: to give young people the tools to build their self-esteem and resilience, to develop the ability to problem solve, and to adapt to life stresses in a more positive manner. We hope to produce six short videos promoting positivity, to be launched on the day of the event.

We will also continue our work on Education in Youth Voting. The second part of this 2 /3 year work plan is now in motion. The Youth Voting training programme developed in 2016 is being piloted to a group of 30 young people and after a thorough evaluation, the programme manual will be drafted. The draft programme manual will then be presented to the additional stakeholders and amendments made. The second draft will be developed (2018) in soft and hard copy and distributed to schools and other education bodies to deliver to students. It will also be gifted to relevant Government Departments and County Councils for inspection and possible use.

 

Work already completed

Westmeath Comhairle’s primary topic for 2016 was Education in Youth Voting. This incorporated voter training and a train-the-trainer programme for transition year students to deliver in their own schools.

We held a 2016 commemoration event on Young People in 1916. We created a child friendly version of the Irish Proclamation and held a youth event where this will be launched. Young people recognised their importance in making and influencing history and the future.

Westmeath Comhairle na nÓg are continuing work on the topic of Education. Westmeath Comhairle na Óg were one of the three county winners who represented County Westmeath in the All Island Pride of Place Competition in Ennis, Co Clare in November 2015.

In 2015, Westmeath Comhairle na nOg won the Young People in the Community Initiative under Westmeath Pride of Place Awards – see pic below:

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Westmeath Comhairle na nOg were also part of the #LetsGoMental2015 campaign to promote positive mental health in young people. Their event took place on 22nd October and was combined with their AGM.  250 young people attended on the day and enjoyed some great activities from ‪#‎GetMoving‬ by trying some rugby, ‪#‎Give‬ by pledging and learning about Gaisce, ‪#‎BeAware‬ by trying mask making and drama, ‪#‎Connect‬ and ‪#‎GetInvolved‬ by being involved in a quiz and writing letters to their future self. ‪

Here are some photos from their event:


Westmeath Comhairle na nÓg has achieved a lot, working hard as a team to get young people’s voices heard in their county. In 2013/2014, we identified cyber-bullying as a very common problem with young people, both regionally and nationally. To address this, we put together a DVD on the issue, and were involved in all aspects of this including script-writing, acting, filming, makeup and hair, and editing. We received input from the local youth community who helped us out through the completion of surveys. We launched this DVD in late 2014.

In 2014 we worked on the topic of education, another common cause of stress for young people in Westmeath. We have conducted surveys in seventeen schools in Westmeath and are going to put the findings of the research regarding the weight of schoolbags into a resource available to policy and decision makers.

Westmeath Comhairle na nÓg sucessfully lobbied for a youth café in Mullingar. We also held an interactive Drugs and Alcohol seminar. We highlighted the issue of peer pressure through producing a short film for young people by young people and produced an alcohol-awareness leaflet  Alcohol Awareness for Life Leaflet 

Westmeath Comhairle have been working to promote the Mental Health DVD made in 2013 and work on a Toolkit. We are also involved with a Leadership Programme and are working on Social and Political Awareness. Please see video footage below of our AGM 2014.

 

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