SERVICE OF HOPE AND COMMEMORATION: Limerick’s Fifth Annual Service of Hope and Commemoration, organized by Northstar Family Support Project, will be held on Thursday, October 3 at 7pm in the Augustinian Church on O’Connell Street, with refreshments being served afterwards in The Savoy Hotel. The Service of Hope and Commemoration is held to remember those who have tragically died from drug or alcohol misuse and to offer hope to the families of those still involved in active drug use or in recovery. This year’s theme is “Building Bridge”. This year, we want to symbolise Building Bridges within our hearts to heal pain, within families that have been destroyed by addiction and also across communities to encourage friendship and support to one another. Communities have been busy making links for the bridge, which will be on display during the service. Stars with personal messages of hope and commemoration will be attached to the bridge during the service. More stars will available on the night for people to fill in. Poems, music and personal reflections are also part of the service. They are chosen in advance by community members and organisations, who make up the steering committee. The songs and poems are representative of the suffering of families, while also being reflective of our theme. They also offer support and hope to those still living with addiction. People from all over the city participate in the Service, some through attendance and others through direct participation in the Service itself. We would love you to join us on October 3, in remembering our loved ones, lost through drug and alcohol misuse.
LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: Nine young people who successfully completed a Junior Leadership Programme, were presented with their Certificates of Achievement by Judge Eugene O’Kelly at Limerick Courthouse recently. With their families and friends in the public gallery, the nine young people, who were given pride of place in the courtroom, were praised by Judge O’Kelly. ‘May I extend my sincere congratulations to you on the commitment and discipline you have demonstrated in completing this course,’ said Judge O’Kelly. The young people, who are members of Irishtown Garda Youth Diversion Project and St. John’s Youth Club respectively, hail from the Garryowen and Watergate areas of Limerick city. ‘Irishtown Garda Youth Diversion Project is a tremendous example of gardai working with the community,’ continued Judge O’Kelly adding, ‘it allows young people to see a different side of An Garda Siochana.’ The Junior Leadership programme covered an array of issues such as Road Safety, Health Eating, Drug & Alcohol Awareness, Mental Wellbeing and Youth Work and equips young people with the knowledge and skills, to be active participants in their communities. The programme was made possible, with funding from the court poor box with Limerick Youth Service Director, Catherine Kelly, thanking the court for their generosity. ‘With funding to the Youth Work sector having been cut by 27%, we need every bit of support to provide our services,’ stated Ms. Kelly. ‘Without this funding for the Junior Leadership programme, we would have struggled to run this programme,’ added Ms. Kelly. Judge O’Kelly presented the certificates to Niamh Davis, Laimis Dilan-Biliunas, Ciara Fitzgerald, Raymond McManus, Noel Noonan, Luke O’Donnell, Patrick O’Shea, Aoife Ryan, Damien Stack. Judge O’Kelly also thanked Mary Duhig and Ronan O’Connor, Irishtown Garda Youth Diversion Project, volunteers Brian Humphries and Brian O’Connor, Inspector Dermot O’Connor and the Community Gardaí, for their commitment to the project and the young people. Limerick Youth Service is delighted to announce, that twelve volunteers have been nominated for this year’s Youth Work Ireland Volunteer Achievement Awards. The awards, which will be held at Youth Work Ireland’s National Office, Dublin on Saturday, October 12 recognise the invaluable contribution that volunteers have and continue to give to young people across the country. After careful and heated debate, the selection committee put forward the following that will represent Limerick Youth Service in five categories. Dan and Mairead Fanning, Ahane-Lisnagry Youth Club and Julie McCabe, Castleconnell Youth Club, have been nominated for the Leading the Award, which is presented to volunteers, who work with young people in their respective clubs and projects. Niamh Keogh, Laff Caff, Southside Youth Cafe and The Factory, is Limerick Youth Service’s sole nominee in the ‘Stepping Up Award,’ a category that recognises young volunteers, who are moving into leadership roles in their club or project. Gordon Brown, 4th Corner, Northside Youth Cafe, David O’Connor and Wynette Reddington, both from the Irishtown Garda Youth Diversion Project, have all been put forward for consideration for the ‘Making a Difference Award,’ a category that recognises volunteers who engage with young people who are at risk. Catriona Hough, Rathkeale Youth Project and Sean O’Meara, Limerick Youth Service Board of Directors have been selected for the Behind the Scenes Awards. This category acknowledges volunteers who have made a contribution the development of a youth service, club or project. The Extra Mile Award is for volunteers who have made a sustained contribution to youth work over a prolonged period. With over 18 years experience between them, nominees Jerry O’Donovan, Newcastlewest Youth Club and Catriona Conlon, St. Paul’s Youth Club, Dooradoyle, certainly fit that category. Youth Work Ireland will announce the winners in the coming weeks, with the volunteers formally recognised at an awards ceremony in Dublin. Limerick Youth Service would like to thank all who nominated their colleagues and wishes the nominees the very best of luck for October’s awards. With the X-Factor now taking over our Saturday nights, budding young people who fancy themselves as the next Ollie Murs, Leona Lews or em -Ozzy Osbourne (Sharon’s husband folks!) are invited to an ‘open mic’ gig at Lava Javas Youth Cafe, this Friday evening from 4:30pm. Open-mic is where everyone and anyone can jump on stage and woo the crowd with their musical ‘talent’ and is one of the most popular events on Lava Javas calendar. It’s a fun evening for all and who knows, maybe Louis Walsh will be in the crowd saying, ‘you’re the next big thing!’ Located at 5 Lower Glentworth St, Lava Javas is one of Limerick Youth Service’s three Youth Cafes and is open to all young people (14-19yrs), who wish to hang out in a safe and friendly youth space. Limerick Youth Service would like to welcome students from Limerick Institute of Technology and Mary Immaculate College, who are on placement with Limerick Youth Service for the this college term (September to December). With over 3,000 young people using and passing through our doors annually and youth projects and clubs from Clonlara to Caherconlish, Limerick Youth Service has no doubt, that they will be kept busy! Above all,Limerick Youth Service know that they will enjoy their time here and be a great asset to our young people. The summer holidays are but a distant memory for all in Rathkeale Youth Project, as it’s as busy as ever in the county Limerick town. Under the guidance of Sasha Noonan and Joe Walsh, the project’s young people are dividing their free time, between shooting a film on the effects of smoking and recruiting new members. ‘We’ve half a dozen Spielbergs in the Youth Space at the moment,’ laughed Sasha Noonan. ‘The group are producing a short film about the consequences of smoking, drinking and drug taking,’ explained Ms. Noonan. ‘It’s is part of a competition run by Resin in conjunction with Ex-Hale and the aim is to have the short film premiere as part of a gala night of short films at the Omniplex Cinema in late October,’ added Ms. Noonan.
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.
MOYROSS MONKS: Every Tuesday from 11am to 2pm, the Moyross Monks warmly welcome you to a few hours of Adoration, Food and Fun in the John Paul The Great Catholic Centre, 47 Delmege Park, Moyross. Everyone is welcome. For further details, please phone: 061 458071.
BEREAVED ADULTS CLUB: This Club offers bereaved adults the opportunity to meet others who are similarly bereaved in an informal social setting. The Club is hosted by volunteers who help bereaved individuals to socialise with each other over a cup of tea. It is not group therapy or counselling. This Club takes place in Milford Care Centre Canteen each Sunday from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. For further information about this Club or other bereavement support services offered by Milford Care Centre, please contact 061 485 800 and ask to speak to a Social Worker.
RAINBOWS PEER SUPPORT PROGRAMME: Rainbows is a twelve week peer support program for children and teens who are experiencing life altering loss. The aim of Rainbows is to furnish the participants with an understanding of their new family unit; to assist in building a stronger sense of self-esteem, and to direct them towards a healthy resolution of the changes that have taken place in their personal lives. It is run in local centres by local volunteers. As a registered director for Rainbows, Noirin Lynch offers training and support to local centres who offer Rainbows. This information evening is for centres who wish to establish Rainbows programmes, and for adults interested in volunteering as Rainbows facilitators. Participants MUST register a week in advance and be available for a phone call before the meeting, to ensure the meeting is as relevant and helpful as possible. To register, please telephone: 061 400133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTHSIDE FAMILY SUPPORT PROJECT: In 2005, a group of local parents concerned about the effects of addiction on their families and communities approached Sean Ward and the Northside We’re OK Youth Initiative. The parents were looking for help to articulate their concerns, experiences and fears regarding addiction in their families and communities. We’re OK assigned a support worker (Anita McNamara) to work with the families. The support worker and parents embarked on a long process of development. Initially, the parents were given space to express their concerns and worries and to voice their struggle and heartache which they were experiencing dealing with addiction in their lives. At this time a lot of emotion was expressed, particularly, feelings of shame, guilt, anger, isolation, hurt and blame. The parents remarked it was the first time they felt listened to and this helped the feeling of hopelessness and loneliness. This group continued to be supported through a process of development, which included adult education, such as Training for Transformation, Community Addiction Studies, UL Diploma in Alcohol and Addiction Studies and other courses. Acknowledging the support the group received from each other, the parents decided to extend this support to other parents in the community. The group also spent time listening to and learning from experiences in Dublin, particularly through the CASP programme and Family Support Network. With support from the staff and volunteers of Northside We’re OK Initiative, the Community Development Network Moyross, City of Limerick VEC and others the group developed a proposal to the Mid West Regional Drugs Task Force, for a locally based family support project for those suffering from the effects of substance misuse. This was approved in 2008 and Northstar was born. The funding enabled the recruitment of a coordinator and administrator. The project was hosted by the Community Development Network, Moyross for the first few years, until the project felt ready to manage its own affairs and be independent in April 2010. Subsequent funding from the MWRDTF facilitated the additional recruitment of two part time family support workers and the provision of family support services for those impacted on by addiction. The funding was channelled through the HSE (Drug Services Section).
SHADES YOUTH CLUB: Shades Youth Club which is situated in Unit 3 of The Bays, Moyross was formed to cater for the large youth population. It’s main function is to offer an alternative location to the street corners. The club is a safe, recreational place with its purpose of creating positive social interaction as a means of breaking down barriers and improving Garda Community Relations. Pool competitions are the major feature of the club. A coffee shop offers light refreshments, at very reasonable rates. This club is utilised five nights a week by various groups of young people from Moyross. The Shades club by its drop in nature, suits the young person who for one reason or another cannot give the commitment to join a structured club/organisation and who generally end up hanging around on street corners. It is from this group that many of the day trips, camping etc are organised. The club provides opportunities for young people to participate in the Gaisce Awards Programme. Disco’s are held occasionally and parents participate in the supervision and running of the night. Sincere thanks is due to all who help out here and give of their time and support.
FREE SAFETY TRAINING: Management Accident Control Ltd specialise in safety training, audits, policies and reports. They are offering their services free of charge (for a limited period), for any company who makes a donation to the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation. If you would like to avail of this service, please contact John McDonnell, MAC Ltd on 061 333 777.
BALLYNANTY FOLLOW YOUR DREAM PROJECT: We are enrolling for the new Friday Girls this week and registration is Friday. Friday girls is a 1st year girls group, that meet once a week from 4pm to 6pm. This gender specific peer support programme looks at female trends and issues, emerging in young people’s lives and works with them in a compassionate and encouraging way. We will explore the following through various forms of activities with a particular focus on youth theatre and drama. Developing skills, competencies and relationships that youth need in positive development, ways for youth to capitalize on opportunities encountered as they grow older and support systems for youth and adults to embrace and adapt to their changing world. Friday Girls objectives are: Increased levels of confidence and self-esteem; Increase ability to make friends; A more developed sense of personal and group identity; A sense of belonging; Increased self-discipline and commitment; Improved abilities to articulate and express feelings and opinions; A sense of happiness, fun and well-being; Increased levels of activity; A sense of personal and group achievement; Increased understanding and knowledge of relevant issues; Increased ability to take risks and be spontaneous within a safe environment; A sense of empowerment; A sense of escape and relaxation; If you have any girls in mind for this group, please forward me their details and/or send them to registration on Friday at 4pm. For further information, please telephone Catherine O’Halloran, Senior Youth Worker, Follow Your Dream Project, Clonnconane road, Ballynanty, Limerick city on 061 326623.