LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: A group from Limerick Youth Service recently returned from the Ukraine, where they represented Ireland at an International Youth Summit organised by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Claire Donaldson, Youth Worker with Limerick Youth Service, Chloe Gallagher (17) and Jacob Woulfe (17) along with four colleagues from Kilkenny, had the honour of been Ireland’s first representatives at the Youth Summit, which is now in its twelfth year. ‘The aim of the Summit was to tackle the issue of racism and discrimination, by getting young people to experience and understand different nations and cultures at an early age,’ explained Ms. Donaldson. With over 700 young people and 60 leaders from 62 countries, Chloe, Jacob and Claire had ample opportunity to mingle with people from around the globe. Away from the conferences, each country had a ‘national days’ where they displayed aspects of their own culture through cuisine, music, dance and dress. ‘Chloe and the three girls from Kilkenny performed an Irish jig and made it to the final, where they performed live on Ukrainian TV,’ said Ms. Donaldson, who would not be drawn on reports that the Irish cuisine consisted of Tayto crisps, which went missing to cure homesickness! Despite the challenges of the language barrier Chloe, Jacob and Claire struck up friendships and with people from places they had never heard of! ‘We spent a lot of time with young people and leaders from India, Turkey, Andorra and Kyrgyzstan. Where else would you get that,’ laughed Ms. Donaldson, who refused the offer to point out Kyrgyzstan on the map! Claire Donaldson is the Comhairle na nÓg coordinator for Limerick’s two Comhairlí, with Chloe Gallagher and Jacob Woulfe members of the county and city Comhairle na nÓg respectively. Limerick Youth Service would like to remind our Youth Clubs, Youth Cafes and projects, that the closing date for nominations for this year’s Youth Work Ireland Volunteer Achievement Awards is Monday next, September 9. ‘We would ask that forms are delivered to Limerick Youth Service, as we have to process the applications,’ explained Dermot Troy, Limerick Youth Service. The Volunteer Achievement Awards recognise and celebrate the invaluable contribution that volunteers have and continue to give to our young people. Last year Allison Mullane, Killmallock Youth Club, was honoured with the ‘Leading the Way’ Awards, while Limerick Youth Service received the Siobhan Cotter Memorial Award in recognition of their contribution to young people in Limerick since 1973. Does the story above interest you? Would you like to know more about volunteering and playing a part in the lives of young people? If you have answered yes, then read on! Limerick Youth Service will hold an information evening for perspective volunteers on Wednesday, September 18 at The Factory, Southside Youth Space, Galvone Business Park at 6pm. The evening is an opportunity for people to learn more about the volunteering opportunities at Limerick Youth Service. After the first session, the training will continued for three consecutive Wednesdays, September 25, October 4, with the final evening on October 9 focusing on Child Protection Training. Volunteer application and Garda Vetting Forms are available from Limerick Youth Service, or can be downloaded from our website:www.limerickyouthservice.com
Just like their counterparts across the country, students have been returning to their studies at Limerick Youth Service with Youthreach, Leaving Cert Applied and a Business Studies Programme returning this week and next. All at Limerick Youth Service, would like to wish the young learners, their teachers and instructors the very best of luck in the year ahead and look forward to writing about their many achievements and adventures. Who knows, maybe even a young person would pen a piece for these notes and give our readers a first-hand account of life as student with Youthreach or LCA! Youthreach, which adheres to the Junior Cert syllabus, is aimed at young people from 15-20 years of age, who have left school early. The Leaving Cert Applied is an alternative to the Leaving Cert and balances academic and practical education, which includes periods of work experience. The Business Studies Programme provides training, support and career opportunities for unemployed young people aged 17-21 years. If you would like to know more about the above programmes, please visit: www.limerickyouthservice.com.
Have you a business meeting or training workshop coming up? Are you looking for a suitable city centre location? Then why not consider Limerick Youth Service. Located at 5 Lower Glentworth St, our city centre community hub has a board room and several classrooms, including a home economics and computer studies room. If you would like to know more, please call 061 412 444 on Monday to Friday, from 9:00-17:00hrs. Limerick Youth Service in association with Limerick Sports Partnership will facilitate Primary to Secondary School Transition workshops. Transition Programme, titled ‘Moving On,’ introduces students the different subjects, extracurricular activities and the often confusing timetable that awaits them in secondary school. The Programmes focus on the social and personal changes that students go through, when making the change from national school to second level. The workshops cover communication, friendship, peer group pressure, bullying and the fears and expectations that some first year students may have. In 2013, the programme has been run in national schools across Co. Limerick and in some secondary schools as part of First Year Induction.
MEALS ON WHEELS: Are you over 55years? Do you live in the Northside of Limerick City? Northside Family Resource Centre (formerly St Munchin’s), Ballynanty Meals on Wheels service is available Monday to Friday. You can receive hot meals delivered to your home each day between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Home cooked dinner plus dessert costs €3. You can request this service, by contacting Tracey or Jean on 061 326 623.
SATURDAY MARKET: Please come along to the Limerick Milk Market, Cornmarket Row, Limerick every Saturday from 8am to 4pm. Here you’ll discover the very best of fresh, natural produce from great farmhouse cheeses and chutneys, just-caught fish and artisan meats, organic fruit & vegetables, to delicious healthy breads and fresh pressed juices. You’ll also be able to snack on gourmet sandwiches, wraps, pastries, chocolates, delicious crepes, soups and freshly brewed teas & coffees or buy fresh flowers and vibrant plants. The Famous Saturday Market has become a haven for all who care about the provenance and quality of the food they eat. From passionate amateur cooks to people on the look-out for variety and value or to those who just love finer foods, this market has it all. But it’s not just the variety and quality of food and horticultural produce on offer that makes the Saturday Market so special – it is also about the people and the place. This market hosts a community of remarkable individuals from throughout the province, all of whom care deeply about the offering to their customers. Most of the stallholders are themselves producers who grow, rear or bake the food they sell. Others are importers with an intimate knowledge of the product they source from far and wide. As it has evolved the Famous Saturday Market has gained a reputation as a repository of culinary skills, knowledge and understanding, all of which are imparted during the discourse of the market day. It is a place to explore, to ask questions, to discover new flavours and savour the unique atmosphere at hand. Along with almost 50 stalls and 21 shop units to tempt even the most discerning shopper, the Famous Saturday Market also allows the visitor to relax, enjoy and observe the activities of this celebrated market from the vantage of the Mezzanine floor which is located above the Pavilion shops and accessible by stairs and lift. Of course you cannot but notice that the Milk Market venue is now weather proofed, as it is housed under the cover of Ireland’s largest single column support canopy. Open Day The Famous Saturday Market is open weekly from 08.00 to 16.00hrs (except Christmas Day and New Years Day). Be sure and get there early to get the freshest of the fresh produce! Good parking is available nearby. Don’t forget you can also visit the Friday City Market (11.00 to 19.00hrs) and the Sunday Riverside Variety Market (11.00 to 16.00hrs) at the Milk Market. Admission is FREE. For further information, please telephone 061 214 782, or Email: email@example.com Web: www.milkmarketlimerick.ie
SET DANCING CLASSES: Set Dancing Classes are resuming in the Monaleen G.A.A. Clubhouse on Thursday, September 12. The classes will be held every Thursday, with Beginners from 7pm to 8pm and Advanced from 8pm to 9.15pm. All are welcome. For further information, please telephone 087 257 7761.
BACK TO SCHOOL: September has once again arrived on our doorstep. It is wonderful to see all the children returning to school, after their well-earned summer vacation. It is also lovely to see the children, who are attending primary school for the very first time. All these children are talented in so many different ways. These children will receive the best education, support and guidance from their very caring teachers in school. It is most important that all parents do their utmost, with regard to their children’s education. A child needs guidance in the home, as well as in school. Children who perform to the best of their abilities in school, can look forward to a good quality of life in later years.
ADAPT SERVICES: Since 1974, ADAPT has provided services and support for women who have experienced domestic abuse. If you have children, we have services for them as well. We are open every day of the year, twenty-four hours a day. Caring and experienced staff who understand domestic abuse will listen and support you to talk things through and help you decide what you want to do. Our priority is your safety and the safety of your children. Violence against women is wrong. It is a criminal offence and there is neither an acceptable nor tolerable level of violence. Services Provided are Emergency Accommodation/24 hour Refuge. Information is also provided on Emotional Supports, Safety Supports, Practical Supports, Child Related Supports, Court and Other Accompaniment, Advocacy, Counselling and Referral, Aftercare, Outreach Services, 24 Hour Helpline, Children Services, Training & Development, Transitional Housing, Education programmes for Women. Additional services for children include: Childcare Support, Educational Support including School Placement, Homework Club and One to One Therapeutic Work. Domestic Abuse is one of the most common unreported crimes in Ireland. Domestic violence refers to the use of physical or emotional force or threat of physical force, including sexual violence in close adult relationships. Adapt runs a free, confidential and anonymous 24 hour telephone helpline service. Experienced staff will listen to you. They can give you information on possible options and help you think about what you want to do. We are open day and night, seven days a week. Staff are available to help you, talk through your situation and decide if you need refuge. If you do, they will help you work out how to get safely to the refuge. The refuge is open to women on their own, or women with children. In the refuge, each family has their own self-contained apartment. The staff will support you for as long as you need refuge and make your stay as comfortable as possible. They will make sure that you have enough food, clothes etc. for yourself and your children until you get your own finances sorted. Some women may need refuge only once and some may need it many times. When you are ready to leave the refuge, staff will support you in what you want to do. ADAPT seeks to challenge domestic abuse, support women survivors of domestic abuse and their children and lobby for change to eliminate violence against women. ADAPT refuge and support service provides a range of services for women survivors of domestic abuse and their children. These are available to those living in the refuge and, on an outreach basis, to those living in the community. The services are confidential and focus on being welcoming, friendly and supportive while also providing safety and protection for the women and children using them. For further information, please telephone: 061 412 354 or the Helpline on: 1800 200 504 or you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CITIZEN APPLICATION SUPPORT SERVICE: A Free Citizenship Application Support Service for Immigrants, will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm, in the New Communities Partnership, 41 William Street, Limerick. Citizenship Application Support Service is a new, free, high quality, confidential citizenship service, to support immigrants who are applying for Irish citizenship. The Citizenship Application Support Service is a project of the New Communities Partnership and is aimed at applicants intending to apply for naturalisation as Irish Citizens. The Service will ensure that applications for Irish citizenship are correctly completed in line with the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS) and the Department of Justice and Law Reform guidelines. The Service will operate a series of nationwide help desks and phone lines around the country. The service will be manned by community liaison volunteers from 55 different ethnic minority groups, speaking 25 languages. For further information, please telephone 061 469 882 or Email: email@example.com Web: www.newcommunities.ie
MOYROSS ACTION CENTRE: Are you unemployed and are you looking for a job? Do you need help with a CV? Are you employed but threatened with redundancy? Are you interested in doing a course? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then please contact the Moyross Action Centre on 061 326 057 or 061 421 915. Alternatively, you can call in for a chat at their offices in the Moyross Community Centre. The opening hours are: Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5pm Friday: 8.30am to 4pm.
ADULT EDUCATION: The Adult Educational Guidance Service will help you to find out about courses and careers and to choose the ones which suit you. You can find out about money available to help you with your education. You can discover your skills and talents and also learn how to develop these. The Guidance Counsellor can help you make a decision to put you on the right track to further your education and then keep in touch with you to make sure that everything is going well. You can contact Catherine, who is the local Moyross Guidance Counsellor, on 087 981 2020.
LOCAL SOCCER FIXTURES: Division 1A, Newport V Moyross A, Thursday, September 5 at 6.15pm. Division 3A, Moyross B V Murroe B, Thursday, September 5 at 6.15pm. Division 3A, Caherconlish B V Moyross B, Saturday, September 7 at 6.15pm. Division 4, Shelbourne B V Moyross C, Saturday, September 7 at 6.15pm. Division 1A, Moyross A V Hospital, Sunday, September 8 at 10.30am. Your support is very much appreciated.