LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: The celebrations are still continuing at Rathkeale Youth Project, after their success at the Let Limerick Xhale Anti-Smoking Short Film contest, where they won Best Film and Best Actress Categories respectively. The awards, held at the Omniplex Cinema, Dooradoyle on Tuesday last, saw eight youth projects from around Limerick enter short-films that raised awareness of the effects of smoking and drug taking on a young personâ€™s health. Rathkealeâ€™s film, titled â€˜Donâ€™t Smoke Up the Dream,â€™ focuses on the choices a young person faces, when confronted with the pressure to smoke. â€˜In the film, we are all members of a dance group and three of us decide to smoke,â€™ explained Lauren Barr, Rathkeale. â€˜This decision to choose smoking over dancing leads to three members of the group being asked to leave, as they cannot commit 100%,â€™ continued Ms. Barr. â€˜We then fast forward five years, where we see the remaining trio in the group performing on television, while the three smokers look on wondering what might have been,â€™ added Ms. Barr. The central theme of the film is the positive and negative choices that young people face and the long terms effects of these. In recognition of this, â€˜Smoke Up The Dreamsâ€™ was presented with the Excellence in Promoting Positive Life Choices Award by the judging panel. Kelly Naughton, who won Best Actress for her role in the film, thanked all those who contributed to the production. â€˜Weâ€™d a great time making it and weâ€™d particularly like to thank Sasha Noonan, Joe Walsh and Eve Kearney of Rathkeale Youth Project for their support in making this film,â€™ said Ms. Naughton. Limerick Youth Service would like to congratulate Kelly, Lauren and their co-stars Jade Bourke, Andrea Hogan, Zoe Mulcaire and Casey Oâ€™Riordan on their success. The award winning production can be viewed by visiting: www.limerickyouthservice.com/smoke-up-the-dream.
Youth Workers from across Europe are this week â€˜Sharing their Storiesâ€™ at Limerick Youth Service, as part of a contemporary twist on the ancient art of storytelling. The â€˜Share Our Storiesâ€™ training programme aims to remind people of the importance of storytelling and teach people about the importance of reflection. Hailing from places as far afield as Malta and Bulgaria, the youth workers have spent the past week taking part in workshops and enjoying Limerickâ€™s culture while sharing theirs. â€˜There are many forms of storytelling and this is reflected through our array of workshops,â€™ said Stacey Lyons, Limerick Youth Service.
â€˜Our groups are currently taking part in drama, song writing, graffiti art and puppet-making and will display their creative pieces at the Milk Market this Friday evening,â€™ continued Ms. Lyons.
Eleven young people from across Limerick city and county are currently in Besancon, northern France as guests of Ctj Ccvc Francas le Doubs. Accompanied by Priscilla Sheehan and Brian Humphries, the group are exploring youth rights and empowerment. They spent the past week taking part in a circus workshop and enjoyed some famous Gallic cuisine, notably les escargots! The group also took part in a French/Irish intercultural night with the Limerick crew leading a performance of a â€˜CÃ©ilÃ MÃ³râ€™ Limerick Youth Service style! Rumour has it, that Brian Humphries resembles Michael Flatley on the dance floor! What other secrets are they hiding from us down in Irishtown!
Limerick was a hive of academic activity recently, with graduation ceremonies taking place in Limerick College of Further Education, Limerick Institute of Technology and Mary Immaculate College. With students from local colleges spending part of their placement with and/or volunteering with Limerick Youth Service, we would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their time and commitment to our young people. Limerick Youth Service extends our warmest congratulations to the Class of 2013 and wish them all the very best for the future.
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 programs, 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
NATIONAL EDUCATION WELFARE BOARD: If your child is aged between six and sixteen years of age and you need help with school attendance issues, please call and speak with an Educational Welfare Officer, who will be able to advise you. An appointment is not necessary for this service. Some of the queries that we deal with are: children not attending school, expulsion issues, enrolment issues, no school place and suspensions. If you would like to avail of this service, please call to the Northside Regeneration Agency, Watch House Cross, Moyross on Wednesdays between 10am and noon.
A.D.H.D. SUPPORT GROUP MEETING: We invite anyone affected by A.D.H.D. to attend our Monthly Support Group Meetings. Next Meeting: Thursday, November 7 at 8pm. Venue: A.D.D. Office, Unit 11, L.E.D.P., Roxboro Road, Limerick. HELPLINE: 061 312 621.
DEFIBRILLATOR FUNDRAISING TABLE QUIZ: Jerry Flannerys will host a Table Quiz on Thursday, November 7 at 7.30pm, in aid of the South Limerick Residents Association Fundraising, to pay for a Defibrillator. Tables of 4 cost: â‚¬40. There will be spot prizes and a raffle on the night.
BLOOD DONOR CLINIC: There will be a Blood Donor Clinic at Scoil Ide, Corbally on Monday, November 11 from 6pm to 9pm.
HUNT MUSEUM LUNCHTIME LECTURE: My Experience as an Aid Worker in East Africa - A talk by Michael Keane who worked for the Irish Aid Agency, Goal, as a financial controller and administrator in the Sudan and the Great Lakes Region during the 1990â€™â€™s. He witnessed much of how overseas aid flows into high profile disaster areas, as well as into established developmental regions. This talk will be held on Tuesday, November 12 at 1pm, in the Hunt Museum.