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Wicklow Comhairle na nÓg

  • Coordinator name: Dermot O’Brien
  • Contact email: wicklowcomhairle@gmail.com
  • Address:
    C/O Richella Wood,
    Community Cultural and Social,
    Wicklow County Council,
    Station Road,
    Wicklow Town
  • Tel: Richella 087 1526205 / 0404 20100, ext 2311  Dermot: 086 0635195
  • National Executive representative: Jennifer Wood
  • Twitter: @WicklaComhairle
  • Facebook: Wicklow Comhairle na nÓg

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News:

Members of Wicklow Comhairle na nÓg and from Clare Comhairle na nÓg were invited to present at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children & Youth Affairs on 7th Feb. They discussed their projects on Cyber Security & Safety for children & young people. Wicklow spoke about their cyber-bullying charter which was launched the day before on Safer Internet Day 6th Feb.

Following on from this, two Comhairle members participated in an Open Policy Debate on Online Safety in Royal Hospital Kilmainham on 8th March. You can read more about this here: 

Current topic

Wicklow Comhairle’s main topic for 2018 will be Drugs. Their plan is to do a mapping and info gathering process with service providers and stakeholders while at the same time developing an online survey for young people as a way of checking in on availability, access and attitudes towards drugs in Co. Wicklow.

Previous topics

Youth Homelessness :We produced amazing conversation cards ‘We need to talk about youth homelessness’ which are currently being distributed across the county in 2018.

Cyber-bullying: we developed a Cyber-bullying Charter that is current, youth led and accessible to young people and those who work with them across the County. The Charter was made into a poster which will be given to all schools and youth groups in the county. We presented this charter to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children & Youth Affairs on 7th Feb 2018.

We hosted our #LetsGoMental2015 event in November 2015 –  see pics below. For more photos and to read more, click here:

 

Wicklow Comhairle na nÓg have been putting a major focus on authentic representation this year. We felt that a new emphasis was needed to reaffirm the profile of Comhairle and more importantly to rebuild a connection with the ‘voice of youth’ in Wicklow. We have strengthened our links with the decision makers in the County Council and developed an online community platform which will enable young people throughout Wicklow to engage with Comhairle in a proactive way. A Youth Survey in September will inform our AGM in 2014 and provide a strong mandate for our future work.

We also worked on the topic of Health in 2014 – in particular Sexual Health. This has been identified as a major concern, and a topic that is not dealt with in any significant sense in schools. The Comhairle set out to research the topic to ensure that they understand the topic, the problems and find out what is already in existence in terms of sexual health support structures.

 

 

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