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Tipperary Comhairle na nÓg
Tipperary County Council nominates Tipperary Comhairle na nÓg for
Prestigious Pride of Place Awards
Tipperary Comhairle na nÓg (Tipperary’s youth Council) is preparing for the judging phase of The Pride of Place Competition. Pride of Place is an all-Ireland competition which is designed to recognise improvements made by local groups to create civic pride in their community. It recognises and celebrates the vital contributions that community partnerships make to society. Comhairle na nÓg will represent Tipperary in the category of Young people in the Community Initiative of the annual competition.
Judging will take place on 25th June in Thurles, which will coincide with their ‘Lets go Mental’, positive youth mental health event. Young people from the county are invited to attend the Let’s Go Mental event in Thurles on the 25th June from 4 to 7 PM. It promises to be a great day with live music, a photo booth, plenty of opportunities to have your say about youth mental health in the county, and treats like Tai Chi, Ice Cream and other things that make us feel good about ourselves!
If you would like to know more go to the Tipperary Comhairle Lets Go Mental Facebook Page, or tickets can be had from the TRYS offices or any Comhairle member.
Tipperary Comhairle na nÓg gives young people the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies.
Tipperary Comhairle na nÓg is an all county programme which has over 40 members; meet every 6 weeks.
Subgroup members work in a group based on their locality and work on specific topics and projects; including positive mental health events such as ‘Different is ok, different is unique’ and the upcoming ‘Lets go mental’ event in Thurles . One subgroup visits Primary schools and educates school children about Mental Health. Youth friendly brochures and information on health issues have been produced. Youth mental health has been identified by the young people of Tipperary as a key topic for Tipperary Comhairle to focus on in terms of important issues for young people in Tipperary. The Comhairle has close links with and is supported by Tipperary County Council. Members of the Comhairle sit on the subgroups of the Children and Young People’s Service Committee and have linked with the Integration forum. With the upcoming expansion of the Tipperary Children and Young People’s Services Committee, and the development of a new plan for the County, Comhairle will be a vital means to consult with and ensure that young people have a direct impact on services for the County.
Deirdre Cox, Pride of Place liaison officer with Tipperary County Council, explains “Tipperary County Council is delighted to nominate Tipperary Comhairle na nÓg to represent Tipperary in the 2015 competition. We believe this competition provides the opportunity for the young people of Tipperary Comhairle na nÓg to showcase and highlight the valuable work they do”.
Cora Horgan, CEO of Tipperary Regional Youth Service, which facilitates Comhairle na nOg on behalf of Tipperary County Council, highlights the importance of Comhairle na nOg.
“We are very proud of the effort that Comhairle members put in on a regular basis – they give up their time and energy to ensure that there is a strong voice for young people all over the county. As one of the members said recently, not everyone can represent Tipperary through the usual sports etc but Comhairle provides another way to both be a representative of Tipperary and work on behalf of the county to make a difference. The fact that Tipperary County Council has recommended the project for Pride of Place makes it even more meaningful for young people both involved at the moment, who would have been involved in the past, and of course for future Comhairle members also. We are delighted with the support of the County Council.”