Leitrim Light Orchestra
Check out Leitrim Tourism Facebook page and website to see the Youth TV film made by Base Café young people and volunteer artist Krzsiek at last year’s Joe Mooney summer school. Excellent footage !!
Tree planted at Base Cafe
THE BASE CAFE TOOK PART IN “PLANT A TREE FOR OCD” AS PART OF MENTAL HEALTH WEEK LAST THURSDAY. SIMON TIERNEY OF OCD IRELAND SPOKE WITH THE YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT LOOKING AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH AND ALL TOOK PART IN TREE PLANTING. THANKS TO SIMON FOR THE LOVELY TULIP TREE. THIS CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS OF OCD ACROSS IRELAND INVOLVES PLANING A TREE IN EVERY COUNTRY IN THE COUNTY. SEE PICTUES IN OUR GALLERY.
Leitrim Youth Project
Main Services provided include:
- Support with setting up youth clubs, cafes and projects, policies, insurances, garda vetting, committee training, programme planning etc,.
- Training: we offer induction, child protection, leadership and skills days
- Providing youth information, administration help, assistance with grant application
- Teen Between support service.
- Promoting participation in inter-club activities, regional and national programmes and opportunities including games, hikes, disco’s quiz’s.
- Running Summer Playschemes – annual programmes of activities for young people in partnership with communities
- Organising exchanges with group in Northern Ireland, England and Europe.
- Issue based work in clubs, schools and communities on such topics as drugs, alcohol, challenging behaviour, bullying, mentoring etc.
- Development and networking with other agencies.
- Health promotion programmes – healthy eating, activity days etc.
- Adventure Projects, Drama Projects, Film and DVD Projects, Arts Projects
- Junior leadership training for young people
All youth groups affiliated to the organisation obtain access to the following services:
- Staff – full time staff to handle queries and provide information and support.
- Information – groups are circulated regularly with information on training and activities and leaders are invited to attend leader meetings.
- Training – courses are run each year for voluntary workers – Induction, Leadership, Child Protection, Bullying, First Aid, etc. and other courses as requested by leaders. Junior Leadership Training – empowering and encouraging young people to play an active role in their groups.
- Competitions & Activities – the service promotes and runs a programme of competitions and activities each year following consultation with leaders. These are open to all affiliated groups.
- Equipment/Resource Library – the youth service carries a large stock of resources which are available to affiliated groups and includes camping equipment, video and photography equipment, sports equipment and a range of books and learning material.
- Insurance – groups have insurance cover under the Youthwork Ireland Scheme.
- Other Services – administration support and assistance with funding applications, etc.
Youth Clubs/Café and projects in County Leitrim, cater for over 800 young people annually. The menu of activities is ever growing and youth clubs have come a long way in recent years, reflecting a vibrant mix of local youth volunteers, youth committees and professional support from Leitrim Youth Project At the local youth club/cafe, members, volunteer leaders and Leitrim Youth Project staff plan a programme of activities that is driven by the members’ interest and needs. The menu might include many different activities under the headings of sports, culture, recreation, arts, personal development, education and trips and exchanges through local, regional and national levels. Most of all, however, the local youth club/cafe is a place to be ‘yourself’ to meet with friends, hang out and grow as a person in a safe, local environment. In rural communities in Leitrim, the club/youth café provides an opportunity for young people to have a real and meaningful role in shaping their lives. Values such as respect, co-operation, responsibility and participation are promoters
We also support and run Summer Playschemes in local communities catering for over 400 children
Offered to Post Primary Schools in the region enabling senior cycle students to mentor first years.
The role of the volunteer youth worker/leader has always been and still is central to the ethos of youth work in Leitrim NCYCS Project. Without volunteers many clubs/youth cafes could not operate. Volunteers commit time and energy for the benefit of young people. As a volunteer you learn and gain skills as well as share your knowledge and skills, you are challenged and make an impact and difference to young people at this vital development stage of their lives. We provide the support, training and insurance – you commit the time, 1 – 2 hours a week.
Any Groups interested in doing exchanges please contact Leitrim Youth Project of NCYCS for application forms and we will gladly help with filling them in.
See our Facebook Page
facebook.com/leitrimyouthproject for regular updates
Youth Volunteer Leaders Honoured
North Connaught Youth & Community Services-Leitrim Project celebrated 25 years of volunteer led youth provision in Dec 2014 with a volunteer awards night to acknowledge the many years of club/café youth work provided by volunteers throughout Leitrim and West Cavan. Some volunteers have being volunteering in their local club for 17 years.
The Leitrim Project was established in 1989 to combat social isolation and rural disadvantage experienced by young people in Leitrim and has grown steadily from strength to strength. Now funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs , the project provides community based youth work in partnership with young people and volunteer leaders and parents. In the 1990’s, the project worked in South Leitrim only and in the early 2000’s extended into North Leitrim and in the late 2000’s this was extended further to include West Cavan.
Today, there are 15 clubs/cafes and 9 summer projects that cater for over 1,000 young people and over 70 volunteers are involved weekly. These volunteer youth leaders provide over 35 hours of youth work weekly. In recent years a feature of youth clubs and cafes has being the growth in young people aged 15+ training as Junior Leaders and working alongside adult leaders in their clubs/cafes. Many of these young leaders have being instrumental in setting up youth cafes in rural parishes and they are positive role models for younger club members. Since 2010, 49 young people have trained as Junior leaders with 23 presently active. The adult and junior leaders are supported in their role by Leitrim Project Workers and receive ongoing training and help with all aspects of running a club/café and summer project to ensure a quality needs based service for all young people in Leitrim and West Cavan.
On the awards night, 44 volunteers received pins marking their years of volunteering. Those with over 10 years received gold pins while those with 5 to 10 years got silver and those with over 2 years got bronze pins.
The junior leaders present on the night were highly commended and acknowledged for their commitment to their local clubs/cafes.
25 years on , North Connaught Youth Services – Leitrim Project volunteer led youth provision is still providing an essential contribution to the development of future young citizens and community leaders in Leitrim and West Cavan and we would like to congratulate all recipients and thank them for their ongoing commitment and look forward to working with them for many more years. See some of the pictures in our Gallery!
Also see www.facebook.com/leitrimyouthproject for updates on events etc
See Facebook.com/leitrimyouthproject for regular updates
Mentors ; Young people in Lough Allen College have completed their mentor training and are now mentors to 1st year students
Child Protection Training available for all club/café leaders.
Weekly updates on facebook page www.facebook.com/leitrimyouthproject Check out our website – ncycs.ie
Anyone wishing to add news, photos, events etc. to it, please contact us.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org or 071 9641721
Also check out www.facebook.com/leitrimyouthproject for updates on events etc.
Mary Taylor, 071 9641721 / 086 313 2579
Youth Development Worker (Part-time)
Myra Dolan 071 9641721
The Base Youth Cafe
Comhairle na nOg Liatroma
Fiona Taylor, Co-ordinator
087 233 9003
Personal Development Project for 16-25 year olds
Bridget Kilrane, Development Worker
085 809 9766