Northwest Suburbs Community Youth Project

As part of the Northwest Suburbs Community Youth Project this group of young teenagers spent last weekend in Woodstown where they enjoyed themselves immensely. Back row, left to right: Jenny O’Rourke, Melissa Cummins, Pamela Lanigan and Clifford Taylor. Middle row, left to right: Michael Ward, David Healy, Dean O’Neill, Craig O’Loughlin, Christopher Mc Grath. Front row, left to right: Dean Finn, Keith O’Loughlin, Callum Dunphy, David Farrell, James Healy, Ryan Daniels.<br />

As part of the Northwest Suburbs Community Youth Project this group of young teenagers spent last weekend in Woodstown where they enjoyed themselves immensely. Back row, left to right: Jenny O’Rourke, Melissa Cummins, Pamela Lanigan and Clifford Taylor. Middle row, left to right: Michael Ward, David Healy, Dean O’Neill, Craig O’Loughlin, Christopher Mc Grath. Front row, left to right: Dean Finn, Keith O’Loughlin, Callum Dunphy, David Farrell, James Healy, Ryan Daniels.

The overall aim of Waterford Regional Youth Service is to assist the positive personal, social, spiritual and educational development of young people, in particular those who are experiencing disadvantage and social exclusion.

The Northwest Suburbs Community Youth Project aims to provide such opportunities for unattached young people mainly from the Hillview, and Gracedieu/Logloss areas aged from 10 – 18 years of age.

Specific Aims:

The project aims to engage young people in worthwhile, positive, recreational activities and developmental programmes, to build up their self-esteem and life skills so that they can make positive decisions around their personal safety and consciously take charge of the direction of their lives.

Specifically the project will:

  • Engage the local community in devising creative responses to the needs and issues of young people living in the Logloss, Gracedieu and Hillview areas through on – going service provision.
  • Link with other service providers active in the Hillview, Logloss and Gracedieu Areas to ensure effectiveness of resources, clarity of direction and relevance of the project.
  • Provide safe places for young people to meet and access opportunities to participate in positive and focused programmes and activities in their local community.
  • Devise strategies to attract and engage at risk young people into the opportunities on offer.
  • Develop young people’s self-esteem and self-confidence as well as their interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Raise the young people’s awareness of substance misuse issues.
  • Accurately inform the young people participating of the facts, risks and dangers associated with substance misuse so that they can make informed decisions.
  • Create opportunities for the young people to take on responsibility and to be involved in decision making.
  • Engage young people in a wide variety of interest and issue based programmes designed to address their needs.
  • Support young people to play a full and positive role in their communities

The group has been up and running since last summer and will be having an intensive summer programme in 2008.

If any young people in the area want to get involved or join our weekly groups please contact Pamela Lanigan, Community Youth Worker on 051 – 590284.

The group is also looking for volunteers so here’s an opportunity to share your skills and experience and have a major imput into your community.

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