LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: With the visit of an MEP and groups going to and coming from the continent, this week’s news has a decidedly European feel to it. Europe aside, Halloween and the midterm break feature this week with discos, leadership programmes and football tournaments set to entertain Limerick’s youth during their sojourn from school. Hollywood fever has hit Rathkeale Youth Project as we prepare for next week’s ‘Let Limerick X-Hale’ Short Film Awards at the Omniplex Cinema, Dooradoyle, where our second year girls group will represent Limerick Youth Service. The group, students at Coláiste na Trócaire, Rathkeale, scripted and starred in ‘Smoke Up The Dreams’ a five minute production, that draws attention to the dangers of smoking to young people. The short-film is one of eight entered in this year’s Let Limerick X-Hale project which aims to raise awareness of the consequences of smoking. Rathkeale’s film features six girls who are all part of a dance troupe,’ explained Sasha Noonan, Limerick Youth Service. ‘Three of the girls smoke (in the film) and it affects their ability to perform their dance routines,’ continued Ms. Noonan, senior youth work co-ordinator, Rathkeale Youth Project. The sextuplets are Lauren Barr, Jade Bourke, Andrea Hogan, Zoe Mulcaire, Kelly Naughton and Kelly O’Riordan. ‘We’re so proud of the girls and everyone is looking forward to next week’s premiere,’ said Ms. Noonan, adding that the ‘Youth Project is a buzz with Oscar fever!’ ‘Let Limerick X-Hale’ is part of the Southside Drugs and Education Prevention Strategy anti-smoking initiative and is run in association with Irish Cancer Society and the Mid-West Regional Drugs Task Force. Away from the red carpet, Rathkeale Youth Project has launched a poster campaign to highlight the dangers of using fireworks. ‘With Halloween approaching the use of fireworks increases and people, young and old, may not realise the danger of using them,’ said Ms. Noonan. Rathkeale Youth Project is working with Limerick County Fire & Rescue and local Gardaí to raise awareness of the dangers of illegal use of fireworks. Each year over 9,000 people are injured through the misuse of fireworks, with many suffering severe burns and losing fingers.
Askeaton’s Community Hall was alive to the sound of music and young people on Friday last, as Askeaton-Ballykisteen Youth Club played host to a Halloween Youth Disco. The gruesome gathering saw young people from across Limerick delve into the nether regions of their minds, as they donned costumes galore with zombies, vampires and more invading the historical town. ‘Askeation is still recovering!’ laughed Joe Walsh, Limerick Youth Service, who praised the young people for making the evening so special. ‘The place was buzzing and it was a great start to our disco season,’ said Mr. Walsh adding ‘youth discos remain one of the most popular events on the calendar.’ The event saw youth clubs from as far afield as Foynes, Kilmallock and Caherdavin drop anchor in Askeaton and dance the night away. ‘The discos are great social opportunities for all, as they allow young people to mingle with their peers from other parts of the county,’ continued Mr. Walsh. ‘We had 374 young people, 54 junior leaders and 60 volunteers and I’d like to thank them all for their support in making the evening such a success,’ added Mr. Walsh, Limerick Youth Service’s Club Support Worker for West Limerick. Limerick Youth Service would like thank Askeaton-Ballykisteen Youth Club for hosting this year’s Halloween Disco.
Keeping with the Halloween theme, young people will have another opportunity to don their gruesome rags and zombie paint as Lava Javas Youth Cafe hosts it Halloween Disco on Friday, November 1. The Lava Javas crew are promising a evening to remember, with music and prizes for best costumes. Doors open at 5.30pm, with an entry fee of €3 with a costume and €5 without. Limerick’s first Youth Cafe, Lava Javas can be found at 5 Lower Glentworth Street and has firmly itself established as a centre of youth culture in Limerick city.
Munster MEP Seán Kelly stopped by Limerick Youth Service on Friday last, where he spent time with an exchange group, who are going to Italy in December. Mr. Kelly, a former president of the GAA, discussed the role of the European Union, its relationship with young people and the role they can play in it. ’I was surprised by their knowledge of Europe, which is more than I would have had in my day,’ said Mr. Kelly. The group, who will discuss the role of young people in the running of the European Parliament, spoke with Mr. Kelly about an array of issues, from youth employment opportunities to renewable energy. On his visit, Mr. Kelly was given a tour of Limerick Youth Service’s city centre youth space and spent time in Lava Javas Youth Café. Limerick Youth Service would like to thank Mr. Kelly, for taking time from his busy schedule to speak to our group.
Eleven young people from across Limerick city and county will spend the mid-term break in Besancon, France as guests of Ctj Ccvc Francas le Doubs. ‘In July, we played host to a group from France as part of YELL La Fierve so this is the return trip,’ said Priscilla Sheehan, Youth Worker at The Factory, Southside Youth Space, Limerick. The group who hail from places as diverse as Garryowen, Ballinagarry, Rathkeale and Ballinacurra-Weston, will explore youth rights and empowerment with their French peers. ‘Our French colleagues have many activities planned, including a circus workshop that we are all looking forward to,’ continued Ms. Sheahan, who will be accompanied on the trip by the experienced Brian Humphries, Irishtown Garda Youth Diversion Project, who paid tribute to the young people who raised funds for the trip. As we say au revoir to one group it’s benvenuto, bun venit, dobre doshŭl, merħba, welcome agus céad míle fáilte to twenty-five youth workers from across Europe, who will spend a week in Limerick ‘sharing their stories.’ SOS or Share Our Stories is a contemporary twist on the ancient art of storytelling and offers youth workers an opportunity to share their experiences. ‘We sometimes take our life experiences for granted and forget that others may have had a different journey,’ said Stacey Lyons, Limerick Youth Service. ‘I got involved in youth work in my teenage years through Limerick Youth Service and Comhairle na nÓg, so my path is quite different from a person who may not get involved until after college,’ continued Ms. Lyons. With youth workers hailing from Bulgaria, Italy, Malta, Romania and the United Kingdom taking part, it promises to be a fun filled, exciting and educational week at Limerick Youth Service. ‘We will run a series of workshops that will address storytelling through many forms including drama, music, graffiti art and puppet-making,’ explained Ms. Lyons. The SOS training programme will teach people the importance of reflection with the groups bringing their Limerick experiences back to their respective organisations. ‘At the end of the week, we will have a celebration of learning evening, where the groups will displays their stories through the various forms of storytelling,’ added Ms. Lyons. Limerick Youth Service would like to wish all involved in SOS, the very best of luck and trust that they will enjoy the programmes and all that Ireland’s City of Culture 2014 has to offer.
The superstars of tomorrow will be on show at The Factory, on Friday next as the Southside Youth Space hosts as mini football tournament. The event, which runs from 12pm to 2pm, will see teams from Ballynanty, Moyross and Watergate take part in what promises to be action packed afternoon. ‘Aside from the football tournament, there will be other activities such as a crossbar challenge and penalty shoot-out,’ explained Leo Wong, Limerick Youth Service. ‘We will also use the tournament to explain the importance of warming up and down have having a balanced diet,’ said Mr. Wong adding ‘Jason O’Connor of the FAI will also be on hand to offer coaching advice.’ Depending on the success of the tournament, we may look at making this a weekly or fortnightly event,’ added Mr. Wong. Ballynanty Garda Youth Diversion Project, Moyross Youth and Family Support Programme and Watergate Youth Group will be represented at the event. We would like to wish all involved, the best of luck and may the best team win!
Are you involved in a youth club and/or interested in taking a leadership role? Are you looking for something exciting and different to do during the midterm? Are you over 14? If you have answered yes to the above, then Limerick Youth Service may have a programme of interest to you. On Friday, November 1 Limerick Youth Service is running a Junior Leadership training programme at Bolands Meadows, Foynes. The training programme will instil in young people, the leadership skills necessary to take on active roles within their youth clubs, while improving their self-confidence. The two day programme involves participation, negotiation, prioritisation and consultation, diversity, respecting others, rights and responsibilities, decision making and planning. The programme, which is accredited by Youth Scotland, costs €25 and places are limited. If you are interested, please contact Eithne Stembridge at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SENIOR HELP LINE: Do you need someone to listen? Would you like to share a worry? Are there days when nobody calls? The Senior Help Line provide a confidential listening service for older people, by older people, for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland. The Help Line is open every day of the year from 10am to 4pm and from 7pm to 10pm. The phone number is: 1 850 440 444.
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.
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.
LIMERICK RED CROSS RECRUITs NEW MEMBERS: The Red Cross in the Limerick area are currently recruiting new volunteers, across a range of activities. Including: First Aid Volunteers - no previous training necessary as it will be provided. Drivers for our ambulance and minibus fleet. Must be aged 25+, full B or D1 (minibus) licence - Induction and first aid training will be provided Community service volunteers - developing new services in the area of Hand Massage and also an entirely new service - Skin Camouflage. Fundraising volunteers - people to assist a couple of time per year with fund-raising activities eg Churchgate, flag days. For further information on any of these, or if you require first aid cover at an event, please contact the Red Cross Hall on 061 468 417, for further information.
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: email@example.com
BLOOD DONOR CLINICS: There will be Blood Donor Clinic’s at the Greenhills Hotel, Caherdavin on Tuesday, November 5 from 5pm to 8pm and at the South Court Hotel, Raheen on Wednesday, November 6 from 5pm to 8pm.