Young people from Ballinacurra Weston are all the wiser about drug addiction after receiving certificates in Community Addiction Studies at a recent awards ceremony held in the Greenhills Hotel.
The ceremony was the culmination of a 20 week course, run by the Limerick City Adult Education Service, that saw the participants explore key issues that relate to addiction, particularly from a community perspective.
Jamie Kelly, an apprentice youth worker in the West End Youth Centre and recipient of the certificate, said: “It was a truly enlightening experience taking part in the CASC. It opened up my eyes to a number of issues that I was never really aware of”.
He explained: “I think it is very important for anyone working with teenagers to understand the issue of addiction. It is also important to be able to point people in the direction of the support services that operate in Limerick”.
Jamie’s training is supported by Limerick Regeneration and is part of a larger programme that seeks to equip young people with the relevant skills and qualifications needed to work as professional youth workers.
The Youth Worker Apprentice Programme in the West End Youth Centre is now entering its second year. On top of their ongoing vocational training the participants have started the Diploma in Youth and Community Studies run by the Adult Continuing Education Department at University College Cork.
William Priestley, Manager at the West End Youth Centre explained: “The programme offers participants the chance to expand their skill set as well as providing an opportunity to network with other agencies operating around the city”.