Centre stage on the West End - youth groups host showcase in Weston

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

THE talents and achievements of young people in the area were celebrated at a recent summer showcase in the West End Youth Centre in Ballinacurra Weston.

THE talents and achievements of young people in the area were celebrated at a recent summer showcase in the West End Youth Centre in Ballinacurra Weston.

A culmination of over six months preparation, the event saw the community come together to celebrate young people and was a partnership between the West End Youth Centre, Steps School Completion Programme and the RESIN drugs project.

One of the highlights of the event was a lively dance routine by the Westenders dance group. Tori Johnson, a dancer with the troupe, said it was “great” to perform in front of such a large group.

“We have been practising really hard but I was still very nervous,” she said.

A number of awards of special merit for school attendance and participation were presented by Cllr Jim Long, who was feted as a long term supporter of the various programmes.

A number of short films were also screened, including a powerful piece on smoking.

RESIN - the Rosbrien Education Substance Information Network - marked the end of its summer programme working with the kids by showcasing its anti-smoking DVD entitled Smokers: A Day in the Life.

The group received €1,580 from the Irish Cancer Society as part of the X-Hale Youth Awards to organise an anti-smoking initiative in the area. They displayed posters, information leaflets on ‘the beauty of being smoke-free’, highlighting the dangers of smoking.

RESIN youth worker Mags Dillon said she hoped the project would “help get the message out to young people about the harmful affects of smoking”.

William Priestley, centre manager, said the event was “to focus on the benefits of dedication and having goals”.