Ahane/Castleconnell Oct 12

COMMUNITY EDUCATION VEC COURSES: The following courses will be given by experienced VEC Tutors and will take place at ACM Community Centre, starting shortly.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION VEC COURSES: The following courses will be given by experienced VEC Tutors and will take place at ACM Community Centre, starting shortly.

(1) Art, (2) Creative Writing, (3) Pilates, (4) Yoga and (5) Interior Design.

These courses are always extremely popular and book up quite quickly. If you are interested in taking part, in one or more of the courses, please give your name and contact details to Peggy at the ACM Reception desk, or ring 061-372750, or email acm@castleconnell.ie.

EVERGREEN RAMBLING HOUSE: “Join us for our next get-together on Friday, October 18, from 8pm to 10.30pm (please note change of time). Admission 5 Euro, includes a cuppa. All are very welcome.”

CAREER FAIRS IN UL AND CITY HALL: Limerick Youth Service will be among the many exhibitors at the University of Limerick Career’s Fair, at the UL Arena, this Thursday, from 12noon to 4pm.
The event is an opportunity for students to learn about Youth Work and the many volunteering and work experience opportunities available with Limerick Youth Service.

‘Youth Workers will be available to answer any queries that students may have about pursuing a career in the youth work sector,’ said Dermot Troy, Limerick Youth Service.

‘For those who cannot make the UL Careers Fair we will be at the Limerick Volunteer Fair, on this Saturday, at Limerick City Hall from 1.00pm to 5.00pm, to answer any queries you may have about Limerick Youth Service and Youth Work,’ added Mr. Troy.

ICA: The Ahane/ Castleconnell Guild of the ICA held their meeting in Lisnagry National School. Guest speaker, Colin Martin, one of the organisers of the new fly fishing festival in Castleconnell, spoke to the Guild members about the forthcoming festival, and about local man John Enright who became the world’s fly casting champion, bringing fame and glory to his native village. The John Enright International Festival will in Castleconnell, from this Friday to Sunday

COMHAIRLE NA NÓG: Comhairlí na nÓg are local ‘youth councils’ designed to give young people a voice in matters which affect them. The aim is to give young people a voice in the development of local services and policies.

Supported by Limerick Youth Service, Limerick has two Comhairlí, based in city and county respectively. Both consist of between 10 and 20 young people (12-17yrs) who hail from second level schools around Limerick city and county respectively.

Each year Comhairle chooses a topic that is of relevance to young people with the City Comhairle focusing on mental health and the services available to young people in Limerick city.

Working with ‘Blue Box, an organisation that addresses youth mental health, the Comhairle collected their information through questionnaires in schools and youth groups as well as through facebook.

From their findings, Comhairle found that 85% of young people were not aware of the Mental Health services in their area, 90% stated that they were sometimes stressed out and in a bad mood with 80% of these saying the school was their main stressor, followed by family, friends and conflict with others.

80% of young people stated they would talk to someone about their issues with 85% of these saying friends would be their main people to talk to.

75% of respondents said a mental health pack would be useful for young people with 60% of these stating that a pack developed by young people would be better.

The majority of respondents said raising awareness (of mental services) would be the best way to promote positive Mental Health in the Limerick city.

From this information, Comhairle developed a Mental Health Pack called ‘Promoting Positive Mental Health in Limerick City, a guide for Young People by Young People ’.

The pack contains information such as, minding your mental health, making decisions, pros and cons of Transition Year, how to cope with school pressure, dealing with relationship break ups and sexual wellbeing.

The pack was launched by the former Mayor of Limerick, Cllr. Gerry McLoughlin during his mayoralty at the Absolute Hotel in May this year.

Limerick City Comhairle will hold their AGM on this Friday, at the Absolute Hotel, Limerick from 9.30am to 3.30pm, with city schools and clubs invited to select 3 young people to attend. This year the City Comhairle AGM will focus on the issue of Youth Facilities.

Claire Donaldson is the co-ordinator for Limerick’s two Comhairle na nÓg.