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Wexford Comhairle na nÓg

  • Coordinator name: Paula Kelly
  • Contact email: paula.kelly@fdys.ie
  • Address:
    C/O Ger Mackey
    Wexford County Council
    Community and Enterprise Section
    County Hall
    Wexford
    Co. Wexford
  • Tel: Ger: 053 9176554    Paula: 053 9234574  / 089 4813144
  • National Executive representative: Matthew Colgan
  • Twitter: @CNNWexford
  • Facebook: Wexford Comhairle na nÓg

About us

Current topic

Wexford Comhairle are currently working on the topics of ‘Positive Mental Health’ and ‘Health  & Wellbeing’.

Wexford Comhairle na nÓg held a ‘Youth Health Expo’ on Friday 23 March in Presentation Secondary School Wexford. Healthy Ireland funding was secured through Wexford County Council which has allowed our members to participate in training and workshops to build awareness on four key elements of health: smoking cessation, physical, nutritional and sexual health. We talked to our peers about what we learned on these training days, thereby reaching a much wider audience.  During the Expo young people were able to take part in various physical activities which enabled a fun filled exploration of the different ways in which to keep fit. They were able to write up exercise plans, snack plans and even enter a plank and hula hoop competition. See images in our gallery below.

Wexford members really love their Comhairle – so much so that they’ve written some testimonials about what it means to them. Here’s a sample “Wexford Comhairle na nÓg is not just a youth council, it is a family, a lifeline, a place where you are safe to speak your mind, develop your interests, engage in politics, public speaking and interacting with others all the while creating your own identity.”  You can read the rest of the testimonials here: Wexford Comhairle members testimonials

 

Work already completed

Our topic for 2017 related to dispelling the stigma of young people attending counselling services, with particular attention to the school environment. To this end, the young people commited to producing a play to highlight this situation. Members of Wexford Comhairle na nÓg designed and directed their own play based on their experiences of accessing counselling services to raise awareness of the stigma attached to accessing and attending counselling appointments in a school setting. Their  play ‘Stigma’ was first launched in October 2017.

Wexford Comhairle na nÓg were involved in developing an educational resource pack for secondary school teachers on the issue of Cyber-bullying. The resource pack was essentially an educational tool kit for teachers to explore the issue in the classroom, containing a poster set, activities and facts that aim to open dialogue and raise awareness of the issue, as well as highlighting actions you can take to protect yourself online.

We also focused on encouragement for school leavers to attend college or further education. This is a meaningful topic in Wexford as there are low numbers of young people moving onto further education in our county. We carried out collaborative work with Wexford County Council by holding workshops with SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). We have prepared a presentation and information pack for all young people who attend the workshops.

 

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