LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: Limerick Youth Service is delighted to announce that two of our volunteers have been successful in this year’s Youth Work Ireland Volunteer Achievement Awards. Jerry O’Donovan, Newcastlewest and Seán O’Meara, Clonlara, emerged victorious from their respective categories, Extra Mile and Behind the Scenes awards. ‘With ten years experience at Newcastlewest Youth Club, Jerry has certainly gone the extra mile and is fully deserving of the award,’ said Joe Walsh, East Limerick Club Support Worker, Limerick Youth Service. Mr. O’Donovan has been instrumental in the growth of Newcastlewest Youth Club and has been a driving force behind their move to their new facilities. A member of Limerick Youth Service’s Board of Directors, Sean O’Meara remains a towering figure behind the scenes at one of Ireland’s leading youth work providers. ‘Seán is involved in fundraising, a member of our interview panel and is always willing to donate his time to ensuring that Limerick Youth Service remains at the forefront of youth affairs,’ explained Catherine Kelly, Director, Limerick Youth Service. Both recipients will be presented with their awards at a luncheon at Youth Work Ireland’s National Office in Dublin, on Saturday, October 12. Established by Youth Work Ireland in 1999, the Volunteer Achievement Awards recognise the contribution that volunteers have and continue to give to youth organisations around the country. Limerick Youth Service wished to congratulate Jerry and Seán on their success. Limerick Youth Service accepts Limerick City Council’s decision to postpone the vote re the disposal of lands for the proposed Northside Youth Space, to allow some councillors an opportunity to become more informed on the matter. ‘We respect the councillor’s decision and look forward to a positive outcome at October’s meeting,’ said Catherine Kelly, Director, Limerick Youth Service. ‘This issue is simply about giving our young people a proper space to engage in youth work,’ continued Ms. Kelly. The Northside Youth Space will bring Limerick Youth Service’s existing northside projects, which currently operate in unsuitable conditions, into one centralised location. Ballynanty Youth Club, Ballynanty Garda Youth Diversion Project, Northside Youth & Family Intervention Project and the 4th Corner, Northside Youth Café, will all be based in the proposed Youth Space. Limerick Youth Service in association with Our Lady of Lourdes/St. Saviour’s Boxing Club will host a Charity Boxing Night at the Best Western Pery Hotel, Limerick on Saturday, October 12 to raise much needed funds for both organisations. The evening will see people from around Limerick don their gloves and jump into the squared circle, in what promises to be an action packed evening of entertainment. ‘We’re training hard,’ laughed Martin Duhig, Limerick Youth Service, as he took time out from his busy schedule. ‘There will be ten fights on the night and it promise to be a great evening’ promised Mr. Duhig, who refused to be drawn on speculation that he will be donning the gloves! ‘Haven’t the time (to train)!’ was Mr. Duhig’s response but we have learned that Dave O’Connor, a volunteer with Irishtown Garda Youth Diversion Project, will be touching gloves on the night. The action starts at 7pm, with local band, One Simple Word, keeping fans entertained before the bell sounds at 8pm, with a DJ keeping fans entertained after the in-ring action stops. 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, while their county colleagues address sexual wellbeing. Concerned that the Social Political and Health Education (S.P.H.E) curriculum in secondary schools was not meeting their needs in terms of sex education, Limerick County Comhairle na nÓg addressed the subjects of sexual wellbeing. Young people felt that some of the topics in the curriculum were important, but that the material covered under these topics was not relevant to them and it is quite out-dated. After study other publications, such as Foreige’s ‘Real U’ manual, Comhairle developed a presentation around their concerns and ideas, to develop a sex education section for the S.P.H.E. Curriculum. The young people delivered the presentation to the Regional Manager for S.P.H.E. and Relationships and Sexuality Education, Brian Murray. Mr. Murray was ‘blown away’ by their presentation and asked them to attend the next in service day for teachers in Limerick on November 13. The young people have since developed a questionnaire, which will be handed out around schools to gather more concrete evidence, that their sexual health education needs are not being met. These findings will be compiled into a report in the near future. Limerick County Comhairle na nÓg will be holding their AGM at County Hall, Dooradoyle, Limerick on Friday, October 4.
LARGEST DANCE FLOOR SPACE OPENS: The largest dance floor space in the Mid West Region is being unveiled in Limerick City this week, as part of a new contemporary dance hub. Dance Limerick, a new support and development organisation for professional dance artists launches in Limerick city, will be launched this Thursday, October 3. Funded by the Arts Council and Limerick City Council, Dance Limerick has taken up residency in the dance space at the former St John’s Church, which had previously been occupied by Daghdha Dance Company. Since the closure of the company, the Limerick region has been without a large-scale professional dance resource. Dance Limerick’s Director Jenny Traynor is leading the charge to reinvigorate dance in Limerick city and says many dancers are now planning to return to Limerick as a result of the new development. Jenny Traynor has a solid track history in contemporary dance having managed Cois Céim Dance Theatre, one of Ireland’s leading dance companies, for over ten years. Ms Traynor has also previously worked at Project Arts Centre and the Arts Council. Commenting on the launch of Dance Limerick, Ms Traynor says: “The facilities at John’s Square are absolutely phenomenal and I am delighted to have the opportunity to programme these world class facilities for dance artists and dance audiences in Limerick.” Dance Limerick will officially launch at 7pm on Thursday, October 3 in the Church, now known as the Daghdha Space, John’s Square. Choreographer Mary Nunan has been commissioned to create a performance especially for the event. An established and well regarded choreographer Mary Nunan is Course Director of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the University of Limerick and was also the founding Artistic Director of Daghdha Dance Company. Following the launch in October, Dance Limerick will offer a programme of performances, residency opportunities, master classes, talks and lectures. The programme to the end of 2013 includes performances by the Liz Roche Company, CoisCéim and the Donnellan Dance Company. Tickets for the launch of Dance Limerick are available via facebook: www.facebook.com/dancelimerickhub
MOYROSS ADULT CLASSES: There will be a day-time Spelling class and Confidence-building workshop for adults, starting in Moyross in the coming weeks. Please contact Lorraine on 061 445 746, to find out more information about the spelling and Confidence-building classes.
CHILDLINE: Childline provides a listening service for all children and young people up to 18 years of age. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Childline seeks to empower and support children using the medium of telecommunications and information technologies. Childline receives thousands of calls every year, which are answered by volunteers, who are trained to listen and understand children and young people. Young people contact the service for a wide range of reasons such as bullying, sexuality, everyday chat and lots of other issues. Childline is a service for and owned by young people, which means: The young person can decide what they want to talk about. Childline is confidential. A child can be sure that there are no consequences by making a call and that they can remain anonymous. Childline believes in the right of young people to be listened to and taken seriously. Childline operates by telephone support, text support and web based support on the internet. Telephone support allows the young person to make contact with the ISPCC without meeting someone face to face. This allows the caller to feel safe and not have to be identified if they don’t want to. The freephone number is: 1800 666 666. Childline text is an automated service that aims to support children by providing a free text support service. A young person can get support on a variety of issues including pregnancy, suicide, facts of life etc. by texting “List” to 50101. Childline online answers messages posted on the Childline message board for all young people by accessing: www.childline.ie This website also provides access to games, information about specific topics such as bullying, family break up and lots more.
GORTA CHARITY SHOP: The Gorta Charity Shop is looking for donations of good clean clothes, bric-a-brac and household goods. Donations can be dropped to the shop Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm, at 23 High Street, Limerick. For further information, please telephone 061 661 5522.
NCBI VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: NCBI - Working for People with Sight Loss - are looking for community-based volunteers, to assist visually impaired people in Limerick city and county. If you have 1–2 hours per week to spare, we would love to hear from you. Training and support provided. For further information, please contact Aonghus Meaney at 061 310 818 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMUNITY GARDAI: Community Gardaí have become part and parcel of life in Moyross. The community policing initiative, aimed at combating crime, antisocial behaviour and rebuilding trust with local residents, is paying dividends, according to Sergeant Bernadette Leech. Sgt Leech has been working in Limerick for the past 22 years and has been in Moyross for almost seven years. Along with 19 other gardaí, Sgt Leech is working to re-establish links with the local community in the area. Community police in Moyross constitute a return to a more traditional brand of policing where people know their local gardaí and can feel comfortable in the knowledge that they are on the beat. “The community needs to feel a sense of security and obviously the uniformed garda on the beat lends itself to that,” she said. So far the community gardaí have worked with local residents on projects including bingo, knitting and a gentlemen’s club for the elderly residents. The gardaí have also worked with local schools organising soccer for children and teenagers. “In order to get through to the adults and parents we go to schools. We have lots of projects with the children. It’s easier to get through to the children than it is to the adults sometimes,” said Sgt Leech. Gardaí are on the beat in Moyross throughout the day and during the night by foot, by bike and in patrol cars. Security cameras have also been installed and the footage is monitored by the community themselves in a bottom up approach to ensure safety and security on the streets in the community. Overall gardaí are well received and the initiative is working well. Sgt Leech said: “Community policing is a fundamental part of the regeneration of Moyross and a huge percentage of the people living here are hardworking, decent people. The purpose of regeneration is to try and improve the quality of life for the people living in the area. For a certain percentage, that is going to be very difficult because of the particular area they are living in. But quality of life, is important to every person and to every community and Moyross is no exception to that rule. The community police are working hard to re-establish trust and community spirit within the neighbourhood. The gardaí hope that will enable people to relate to one another, without resorting to violence or underhanded tactics”.
LIMERICK MENTAL HEALTH WEEK: Limerick Mental Health Week organisers are encouraging everyone to get involved and to take part in a huge range of activities and events, which will take place during Mental Health Week this year. World Mental Health day falls on Wednesday, October 9 and events and activities are planned from October 7 to October 12, to mark the occasion. There will be an art exhibition of secondary school children’s artwork running in the Hunt Museum throughout the week from Monday, October 7 from 10am to 5pm daily. Psychologist Dr. Fergus Heffernan will hold a talk at Mary Immaculate College on Thursday, October 10 at 8pm, on ‘Creating Positive Mental Health in the Family Community’. Following last year’s success, ‘Mindful Men’, a men only night is back at the Crescent Library Dooradoyle on Thursday, October 10 from 7pm - 9pm and the children’s art morning and play therapy is also back at the library on Saturday, October 12 from 11.30am-1.30pm. On Friday, October 11 there will be a free concert at St. Mary’s Cathedral, ‘A Celebration of Limerick Choral Music’ from 7pm – 9.30pm. In addition, a number of workshops, drop-in meditation sessions, poetry nights, and holistic therapy treatments have also been arranged. All events are free and organisers urge members of the public to attend as many as they can. For further information contact Mary Corry, Limerick Mental Health Association on 087 202 5399.