LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE NEWS: There were joyous scenes at Limerick Youth Service recently, as ten young people received their Leaving Cert Applied results. â€˜The results were excellent and the young people should be extremely proud of themselves,â€™ said Ms. Murphy, Leaving Cert Applied coordinator at Limerick Youth Service. â€˜Their dedication, commitment and hard work over the past two years have been reflected in their results,â€™ added Ms. Murphy, adding that most of the students have progressed to further study. Introduced in 1997, the Leaving Cert Applied is designed to meet the needs of students who prefer the practical approach to the more academic nature of the Leaving Cert, focusing on vocational education and preparation and work experience. â€˜Most of the students who chose to study the Leaving Cert Applied at Limerick Youth Service would see it (the LCA) as a second chance,â€™ said Ms. Murphy. â€˜Some of the students would have struggled to settle in the mainstream educational system and found the study environment at Limerick Youth Service more suitable to their needs,â€™ said Ms. Murphy. Ms. Murphy thanked the young people, her colleagues at Limerick Youth Service and FÃS for their support in ensuring the continued success of the Leaving Cert Applied Programme at Limerick Youth Service. Limerick Youth Service would like to congratulate Damien Bowen, Peter Byrne, Sarah DeLacy, Carol Kelly, Emmanuel McCarthy, Kenneth McNamara, Natalie Oâ€™Donoghue, Aaron Oâ€™Shaughnessy, Laura Anne Ryan and Dean Sugrue on their excellent achievements and wish them well in the future careers. Yes itâ€™s that time of year again! Limerick Youth Service would like wish the very best of luck to all those returning to school in the next few weeks, particularly those starting primary and second level for the first time. Enjoy your journey! Limerick Youth Service in association with Limerick Sports Partnership will facilitate two Primary to Secondary Transition workshops in West Limerick next week. The Primary to Secondary Transition Programme introduces students the different subjects, extracurricular activities and the often confusing timetable that awaits them in secondary school. The workshops also address communication, peer group pressure, bullying and the fears and expectations that some first year students may have. On Wednesday, the Transition Programme will be held in Desmond College, Newcastlewest while the team will be in Scoil Mhurie agus Ãde, Abbeyfeale on Friday. 126 cyclists from home and abroad gathered at Kilcornan Community Hall on Saturday, July 27 for this yearâ€™s Ger McDonnell Memorial Cycle, which was in aid of Limerick Youth Service. The cycle, now in its fifth year, is dedicated to the memory of Ger McDonnell, the first Irishman to climb K2 and who sadly lost his life in the descent. Gerâ€™s mother, Gertie McDonnell along with Cllr. John Scanlon, Cathaoirleach, Limerick County Council, officially launched this yearâ€™s cycle, that saw cyclists travel 112KM from Kilcornan to Doolin, Co. Clare. Cllr. Scanlon paid tribute to the organising committee for their dedication and hard work in making the cycle an annual and successful event. â€˜Ger was a very positive and adventurous person and would have liked to know that the cycle is for a great cause (Limerick Youth Service),â€™ said Cllr. Scanlon. He commented on the fabulous turnout and paid tribute to the work of the Ger McDonnell Memorial Cycle Committee, a view echoed by Catherine Kelly, Director, Limerick Youth Service. Speaking ahead of the cycle, Ms. Kelly thanked the organising committee for choosing Limerick Youth Service. â€˜I would also like to thank young people, volunteers, staff and members of the public who have worked tirelessly to make this event possible and wish you all the best in the trip to Doolin,â€™ added Ms. Kelly. The cycle was part of a major fundraising day for Limerick Youth Service as the charity held a bucket collection at the Milk Market and Foynes, while members of Askeaton Youth Club spent the day bag packing. The youth work sector has seen a 28% cutback in funding in recent years. This has resulted in the loss of jobs and the closing of youth programmes and youth clubs. Limerick Youth Serviceâ€™s Community Training Centre will reopen to the public on Tuesday next, at 10am. Located at the corner of Henry St/Lower Glentworth St, the city centre hub is home to the Paradise Restaurant, carpentry workshop, award winning youth bakery project and a dedicated youth information bureau. The Paradise Restaurant serves a selection of traditional Irish food produced by young trainees, while the tasty treats from the Bakery Project can be sampled in house or purchased from Catherine Daly at the Bakery Shop. Limerick Youth Serviceâ€™s carpentry workshop is located next to the restaurant and, under the watchful eye of Ger Oâ€™Brien, the young people produce a bird-boxes, kennels, playhouses and more, all of which are available to members of the public to purchase.
GOING TO COLLEGE: Going to college doubles the amount you learn in a lifetime. It increases your choice and opportunity for promotion and travel. The L.C.B.E.I. (Limerick Community Based Education Initiative) Project was founded by Pat Oâ€™Connor and has assisted many students from our Parish to go to college. The project aims to identify students and families, who are prepared to put in an extra effort with their studies and to give them more financial support, encouragement and advice, so that they complete their third level studies and gain the full benefit of third level education. Young people to be successful, need encouragement to see themselves as improverâ€™s and to internalise belief in their ability to achieve. They also need successful role models who demonstrate what can be achieved and the way forward. If these role models come from their own community and even better their street, the impact can be so forceful that it can motivate a whole lifeâ€™s work. L.C.B.E.I. third level students visit primary schools to distribute the project magazine. They talk to the individual students about college life and their career plans. They present an image of an exciting life enhanced by education and travel. Students are encouraged to build up a relationship with their former primary schools and to be available to act as primary school mentors. The message is clear - work hard, set achievement goals in primary school and Go For It. The project office is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm, during school term time. If you want further information, please contact Mary McSweeney on 061 409 107.
COMMUNITY COMPANIONS: Corpus Christi Community Companions is up and running, for over three years in Moyross. The aim of the Companions is to get out and support local people by providing a listening ear and just â€œwasting timeâ€ with them. The project was developed on the initiative of the Parish and is geared to enhancing the confidence in individuals and the community through basic one-to-one contact. Some people feel isolated and that nobody cares about or listens to them. We need to reconnect with each other and feel that we are part of a caring community. This project aims to help achieve this. The Companions visit residents in their own homes and are out and about on the street and at different community events around the estate, so they have become very familiar faces. When the Companions meet people, they often introduce themselves by explaining that they are just normal regular people there to spend time with other normal regular people. They might talk about how all of us in life have moments when sometimes it can help to talk to someone outside of loved ones and friends, who is just going to listen without telling you what to do, telling you youâ€™re right or wrong or talking about you to others. Many people know about how others can sometimes fuss, jump in with answers, judge, or simply not hear how they are feeling. And then, there are times when there just seems to be no answers to difficult situations at a given time and so â€˜just letting off steamâ€™ in a safe space is all that is needed. At the same time, the Companions are not always about the lows of life. Sometimes it can be hard for people to talk about the things they are proud of â€“ achievements, children, hopes, results or whatever. The Companions are there to hear about these things too. As well as actively and empathically listening to adults in their homes, on the phone, on the street, in other public spaces or during their drop-in facility, the Companions: encourage people in their plans, interests or activities; source information on opportunities, facilities and services; befriend people who are isolated, lonely or alone; are regularly present on the street whatever the weather and during in- and out-of-office hours. Anne Marie and Breda can be contacted on 061 329 606.
NORTHSTAR FAMILY SUPPORT PROJECT: An innovative support group for families affected by drug and alcohol abuse has been launched in Watch House Cross. The Northstar Family Support Project is based on a similar successful project in Clondalkin, Dublin. A group of local women took the initiative to set up this project because they saw the devastating impact that drug and alcohol abuse was having on families. The groupâ€™s spokeswoman Peggy Frahill believes the project is badly needed because there is no support for these families. â€œDrug and alcohol abuse has a massive effect on families, such as marital breakdown, mental health issues and criminality, which in turn affects society. It is a ripple effect from the family to the whole community,â€ Peggy said. The aim of the project is to offer a safe place where family members can go for an open and confidential chat with a project member. â€œThere is a big taboo surrounding drug abuse. Families stay quiet, not discussing it with anyone, even their own family members,â€ Peggy said. The project also aims to offer counselling, holistic treatments and coffee mornings, where people can relax, get information or meet others in similar situations. The women currently involved in the project are: Terry Byrne, Mary Timmons, Marie Oâ€™Shea, Helen Sparling, Peggy Frahill, Catherine Joyce, Annette Oâ€™Carroll and Dolores Moore. The Moyross ladies hope their project will grow and expand from the Northside to the entire city.
WATCH HOUSE CROSS LIBRARY: The Watch House Cross Library is rapidly growing in its membership. It now has approximately 4,000 members of all ages. Many children have joined and they spend hours during the week picking out story books. The music room in the library has been found not to be sound proof but the library hope to get new equipment soon, such as drum kits, electric guitars and keyboards, to fulfil local peoples needs. The meeting rooms have proven to be a huge success. Seventy organisations have come from all over Limerick to use this facility since it opened. Many organisations such as Youthreach, the Youth Cafe and Northside Educational Committee, come on a regular basis to use the room. Also, this room is used weekly to teach language classes to the public. The library, since opening, has succeeded in its aim of gathering groups of all ages and encouraging them to read more. The library employs four full-time and friendly staff. The free membership is of huge benefit to the locals as many libraries throughout Ireland charge up to â‚¬15 for a library card. The internet access has been a huge success with all ages and is used by up to five hundred people every month. The library also runs computer courses for both children and adults, to show them how to use computers and the internet. The library opening hours are as follows: Monday - Closed. Tuesday - 10am to 5.30pm. Wednesday - 10am to 8pm. Thursday - 10am to 8pm. Friday - 10am to 5.30pm. Saturday - 10am to 5.30pm. Sunday - Closed.
MOYROSS COMMUNITY BINGO: Moyross Community Enterprise Centre Ltd is glad to welcome back Moyross Weekly Bingo from its Summer Break. Please come along on Tuesday, September 3 at 8.45pm. The Moyross Community Bingo is held every Tuesday in the Moyross Community Centre. There are prizes of over â‚¬800 on offer. The Moyross Community Bus will pick up residents from Ballynanty, Kileely and Moyross each week. All are welcome. For further information, please telephone 061 326 057.
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 telephone 061 458 071.
MONEY ADVICE: There are money advice and budgeting services available on the second Tuesday of every month in the Moyross Action Centre from 11am to 1pm. Do you need help with debts, negotiating with creditors or budgeting your income? This is a confidential and free service. For an appointment, please telephone 061 403 109.
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.
CITY COUNCIL: Limerick City Council Housing Department representative, Sheila Oâ€™Brien is available at Moyross Action Centre on Mondays & Wednesdays. To make an appointment, you can contact Sheila on 061 407 205.