LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: Limerick Youth Service would like to congratulate students who received their Junior Cert results last week. Are you aged between 16 and 35 years? Would you like to take part in a 9 month programme, that offers a diverse range of educational and employment opportunities? If you have answered yes to the above or simply paused to think, then read on! Facilitated by Limerick Youth Service Abbey Youth Local Training Initiative, is a 36 week programme, that is designed to provide opportunities for marginalised learners in areas of Limerick city. ‘The LTI is primarily aimed at unemployed young people, who have no formal qualifications or left secondary school at an early age,’ said Louise O’Connor, coordinator, Abbey Youth LTI. The programme, titled ‘Employability Skills,’ provides vocational training to participants and includes project based learning to assist participants in their educational, personal & social development.
Learners will cover nine modules that include communications, IT skills, career preparation and invaluable periods of work experience. ‘Learners also have the opportunity to participate in other programmes and activities such An Gaisce (the President’s Award), FAI Kick Start Coaching Course, Healthy Eating and First Aid,’ added Ms. O’Connor. ‘Since we started in 2011, our learners have progressed to employment and further education,’ continued Ms. O’Connor. Based at Nicholas St Youth Space, the project gets its name from the nearby Abbey River, which cradles King’s Island from the Potato Market through Athlunkard Bridge, before meeting the Shannon at an area known locally as, the Island Field. Abbey Youth LTI is facilitated by Limerick Youth Service with the support of FÁS. Certificates are accredited by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland. Limerick Youth Service is delighted to announce the launch of a new Diploma for Proficiency in Bakery Industry programme which has just started at the Community Training Space in Lower Glentworth St, Limerick. ‘The course will run from September to July and equip learners with the necessary skills to pursue a career in the bakery industry,’ said Paul O’Brien, course coordinator, Limerick Youth Service. Learners will get the opportunity to learn craft bakery to an industry proficient level, gain an understanding of ingredients and methods used in bakery and learn to make a range of breads and confectionery. ‘On completion, learners will receive a City of Guilds accredited Diploma and have the basic skills to start a career in the bakery and food industry,’ continued Mr. O’Brien. If they wish to progress to further study, then Belfast Metropolitan College and Dublin Institute of Technology are two options available to students,’ added Mr. O’Brien. We would like to wish the best of luck to Paul and the group starting the course. We look forward to sampling the goodies!
Located at 5 Lower Glentworth St, Lava Javas has grown to become a focal point of youth culture in Limerick city. With a coffee bar, pool table, dance floor and comfy sofas galore, there is something for everyone at Limerick’s first Youth Café. ‘Simply, it’s for young people, by young people,’ said John Real, manager, Lava Javas. ‘It’s a city centre space where young people (14-19yrs) can hang out, spend time with friends and make new ones,’ continued Mr. Real. Youth Cafes differ from Youth Clubs, in that there is no pressure to take part in programmes. However, if young people wish to take part in one or organise an event, then the Youth Cafe does its best to facilitate them. With a stage, sound system and music loving staff and young people, it is no wonder that Lava Javas has developed a reputation as a live music venue for up and coming acts. ‘Lava Javas offers young acts a chance to gain valuable live music experience,’ said Mr. Real, who listed Animal Beats and Sum Yung Wans as acts that cut their teeth at Lava Javas. Mr. Real promised that there will be plenty more live music and events for the new season, with a Halloween party and some old music friends returning! The opening times of Lava Javas are Thursday, 16:30-20:00hrs, Friday, 16:30-21:00hrs and Saturday, 15:00-20:00hrs. Lava Javas is one of Limerick Youth Service’s three Youth Cafes. Its sister Youth Cafes are the Laff Caff, Southside Youth Café and the 4th Corner, Northside Youth Café. For more on Youth Cafes please visit: www.limerickyouthservice.com/youthcafes
Limerick Youth Service held an information evening for perspective volunteers on Wednesday, September 18 at The Factory, Southside Youth Space, Galvone Business Park, Limerick from 6-8pm. The evening was an opportunity for people to learn about the volunteering opportunities at Limerick Youth Service. After the first session, the training will continue for three consecutive Wednesdays, September 25 and 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/volunteers.
BLOOD DONOR CLINICS: There will be Blood Donor Clinics at the Greenhills Hotel, Caherdavin on Monday, September 23 from 5pm to 8pm and in St. John’s Pavilion, Mulgrave Street on Wednesday, September 25 from 5pm to 8pm.
CEIM AR CHEIM: Ceim Ar Cheim is run under the auspices of the Probation and Welfare Service. A management committee compromising of representatives from the community of Moyross, along with the voluntary and statutory sectors manage the project. The project is assisted by City of Limerick VEC, who provide trained tutors and FAS who provide technical support and expertise. The project continuously develops and adapts to support and meet the needs of its participants who, on completion of the project, may move on to employment or further training. Participants receive NCVA Certificates and foundation level awards, enabling them to meet the needs of the workplace. The mission of the project is to offer a safe and challenging environment for participants to explore their potential; to provide choices to enable participants to take responsibility for their future; to provide appropriate training for participants’ lives and future employment. The target group is young people aged 15 to 25 who may be: clients of the probation and welfare service and those at risk; those who wish to re-engage in an education or training programme; long term unemployed. The training modules include catering, pottery, art and crafts, woodwork, computers, life skills and personal effectiveness, physical education, outdoor pursuits, support appropriate to participants’ needs and communications. All training modules may be certified by CERT, National Council for Vocational Awards, FAS, Teagas, Integrated Assessment System and Gaisce President’s Award. Each participant receives a FAS training allowance.
Ceim Ar Cheim are based in Unit 5, Shannon Development Units, Knockalisheen Rd, Moyross, Limerick. Telephone: 061 322 122. Fax: 061 322203. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CHILDREN’S GRIEF PROJECT: The Children’s Grief Project has been up and running in Limerick since September 2009. It offers confidential support for school-aged children and young people affected by loss through death, separation or divorce. It provides a safe and supportive place for children and young people and their families who are grieving. In November 2010, it received its 100th referral. This year the Project, which is located at Mount St Vincent, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick will begin to provide peer support groups for children/young people and their parents/guardians affected by loss through death, separation or divorce. These groups will give participants an opportunity to meet others who also have experienced grief/loss, to share their story or listen to others in the same situation. This is not formal therapy but groups follow a loss and grief peer group education programme designed for the purpose (Seasons for Growth). The Groups will be facilitated by a trained group leader and volunteers who will provide an opportunity for all to share common grief experiences and learn about the grief process. During this time there will be a separate group for accompanying parents/guardians. Support groups for (a) bereavement and (b) separation/divorce will be held for (1) children (5-11 years); (2) young people (12-18 yrs); (3) Parents/Guardians. Each group will meet for 9 consecutive weeks. If you require further information, please contact: Helen Culhane, Children’s Grief Project Tel 061 313 037, Mob 087 9851 733; email:email@example.com
RETURN TO LEARNING: Are you an adult learner considering applying to third level education? What information do you need, to help you, make that decision? What academic or personal skills, will you need to help you on your learning journey? The “Return to Learning” Information Seminars will hopefully fill in some of those information gaps for you and will introduce you to some of the skills, which are required, to cope effectively at third level. The focus of these seminars, is on giving you the confidence to make your decision, about progressing to third level education. Each session is designed to be interactive and enjoyable and will be delivered by staff, who work in and with local third level colleges. There is no charge for the seminars and all adult learners are welcome. You are welcome to attend all workshops, or just those which are most relevant to you. All seminars will take place on Thursday evenings, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, in the Downtown Centre, George’s Quay, Limerick. For further information, please phone 061 233 701, or visit our website at:www.downtowncentre.ie
VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME: The Daughters of Charity Services for Persons with Intellectual disability have launched a new Volunteer Initiative Programme, where they hope to encourage people to give an hour or two of their time and volunteer in one of their centres in Limerick. If you would like to find out more about The Daughters of Charity’s Volunteer Programme, or if you feel you would like to give an hour or more of your time and volunteer in one of their centres, you can contact their Volunteer Coordinator Grainne Keane at 087 2855 976 or via E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
AFTER SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: St Munchin’s Family Resource Centre, Ballynanty are looking for volunteers for its afterschool club. The volunteers will provide one to one homework support to primary school children attending the club. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Elaine Cunneen on 061 326 623/ email@example.com
BINGE EATING SUPPORT GROUP: A support group is starting in the Pastoral Centre, Michael Street, Limerick. It will commence at 11am and run for an hour every Friday. Anyone who experiences binge eating is most welcome. For further information, please telephone Hope on 085 2807 888.
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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Are you interested in Volunteering? Do you have an hour or two to spare morning or evening, week day or weekend? Do you like meeting new people? Do you want to make a real difference in some ones life? If so, why not volunteer with the Daughters of Charity Service for Persons with Intellectual Disability. We are looking for committed people to be friends to our service users, to engage in various social activities, to spend quality time with our service users on a one to one or group basis. If you are over 18 and would like to find out more about our Volunteer Programme, or if you would like to give an hour or more of your time and volunteer in one of our centres, please contact: Grainne Keane, Volunteer Coordinator,Daughters of Charity Services Limerick,Tel: 087 2855 976 or E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ENABLE IRELAND STOCK APPEAL: Enable Ireland would like the people of Limerick and surrounds to know the house collections have resumed in the area. The Enable Ireland Limerick shop is in urgent need of donations, due to theft by bogus collectors. Collections will take place each Monday and Thursday from 7am to 10am. Our Driver carries photo I.D. and drives a Transit van, with a multi-coloured sign. For further enquiries, please contact our shop in Upper William Street on 061 314 334. Enable Ireland would like to thank the people of Limerick, for their continued support and generosity.
GAISCE AWARD: Gaisce is the National Challenge Award from the President of Ireland to the young people between 15 and 25 years of age. You agree to a suitable challenge with an Award Leader and once you achieve this you earn your Award. There is no competition. You achieve your personal challenge and you are on the way to getting Ireland’s most prestigious Award. There are different types of Award - Bronze, Silver and Gold. You can earn Bronze in 6 to 9 months. Silver will take approximately 15 months to earn. Gold is a demanding challenge over approximately two years. There are four different areas of activity in the Award. They are (1) Community Involvement, (2) Personal Skills, (3) Physical Recreation, (4) An Adventurous Activity. Participation in each of the four sections is essential to earn either a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. Some of the participants activities for the Award may be building on existing pursuits of the participant. However, each participant should take part in at least one new activity. Participation in the Award begins once the participant has agreed the challenge in writing with the Award leader and at the same time sends the entry form to the Gaisce Office. Gaisce will then forward a record book to the participant in which the times of participation are logged. A very wide range of clubs and schools operate the Award, making participation easy for young people. If a potential participant is in a job, school club or group which does not operate the Award then he or she should approach a teacher or other suitable person e.g. youth leader or personnel officer to ascertain if they will act as an Award leader. Participants under 18 years of age should consult their parents or guardians in this respect. Gaisce should be made aware when an Award leader wishes to start operating the Award so that the required formalities may be completed for a new President’s Award leader. It is up to the participant to earn this Award. It’s about “stickability” and learning to overcome problems during participation. Earning a Gaisce Award is about setting a demanding challenge. It is really enjoyable so why not “go for it” and do not stop until you earn it. For further information please contact: Gaisce - The President’s Award, The State Apartments, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2. Telephone: 01 4758746 or Fax: 01 475 8749. The Award is waiting - The rest is up to you.