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Hi everyone, wow, we weren't expecting this new very surreal world that we find ourselves in.
However , everyone has stepped up and taken on the the many challenges which were presented to us.
The incredible team that makes up the Talk About Youth project have entered a new realm of online digital youth work.
To make sure we operated safely, we developed guidelines for this type of work. We ensure for eg that when running online youth groups, that parents give their consent for the under 18 year old cohort.
We are zooming to beat the band and also using messenger, whats apps and other communications with young people, parents, volunteers and other adults in the community. Online youth groups are running every day and most nights with our regular groups including, inbetweenagers, respect prog, hangout club, youth 21, the cave ravers, youth arts group, girl talk, international group and the intercultural group to name but a few.
We are dealing with around 150 young people and up to 100 parents and other adults every week.
Our facebook and instagram accounts are busy every day with themes of fun, wellbeing, meditations, challenges, quizzes, art work, funnies, positive messages and of course covid 19 guidelines.
We are there for everyone and are helping each and every person young and older deal with so many issues like lisolation, fear, depression,missing friends, worried about school, lack of I.T.including phones, wifi and lap tops, information overload, missing friends and shopping, missing hugs and so many more.
We also have our own Florence Nightingale aka Eileen Nalty who as well as running her groups is the community link with the centre and Pearse House 😀
Kim, Eddie, Lisa, Louisa and Orla are flat out running the groups, engaging with parents, doing online training and taking part in online fora with funders, partner orgs and youth projects all over Ireland as well as populating our social media accounts and planning new projects.
I have to thank our funders DCYA, CDYSB and the South Inner city Drug Task Force for their continued funding and support.
Huge thanks firstly to our volunteers and to the incredible family that is St Andrews..a beacon of light and hope in this crazy time.
Stay safe everyone.
All the best.
Carmel O Connor.

 

  1. TALK ABOUT YOUTH PROJECT: YOUTH EXCHANGE Issued 29 Oct 2019 -   Active Youth: Minds and Motion, One of our most recent International Exchanges, took place in Split, Croatia. Young people from our St Andrews Resource Centres youth project aged between 15 and 17 years linked up with other youth projects from Croatia and Norway. Adventure ...
  2. Michael Healy-Rae, NYCI & Health Award Issued 20 Jun 2019 - Carmel O'Connor, Lisa Downes and Carly Weafer from the Talk About Youth Project, met recently, with Michael Healy-Rae T.D.  Chairman of the Joint Committee on European Union Affairs in Leinster House, along with other young people representing NYCI - National Youth Council of Ireland. It ...
  3. TALK ABOUT YOUTH PROJECT: IMPACT + RESEARCH PROJECT Issued 14 May 2019 - The Talk About Youth project was very proud, to recently launch “The Importance of International Youth work” research report in St Andrews. The first ever report of its kind in Europe. It was a participatory project, which showed how non-formal education supports the learning and ...
  4. FURTHER EDUCATION Issued 30 Apr 2019 - Young  Women’s  Education  Programme Are you a lone parent aged 18-30 looking to get back in to the workforce? Take the first step into your new adventure and come join our course free of charge, with help and support along the way. Be the change you want for yourself! WHAT  ...
  5. FREE THOUGHT FM Issued 11 Apr 2019 - FREE THOUGHT FMFree Thought FM is broadcasting live from the Douglas Hyde Gallery on 105.2FM (Greater Dublin Area) or worldwide online at freethoughtfm.com. Here we have Carmel O'Connor - Youth Project Manager in St Andrews Resource Centre - chatting to Garrett Phelan. Drop into the ...
  6. “The 21st Century Youth Worker” Issued 1 Apr 2019 - The Talk About Youth Project were invited to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs during the week ending 29th March, to join 70 youth workers from Indiana, USA, who were in Ireland for a week long study visit for a seminar highlighting the similarities ...
  7. TALK ABOUT YOUTH PROJECT Issued 13 Mar 2019 - FINLAND INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE - In February, 6 young people and 2 youth workers, Eddie Fitzpatrick and Eileen Nalty from the Youth Services travelled to Kokkola in Northern Finland, to link up with groups from Finland, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia and Romania.  The theme was “Snowmen Go ...
  8. TALK ABOUT YOUTH PROJECT: SUMMER PROJECT AND SOUTH DOCKS FESTIVAL Issued 1 Jan 2019 - The Talk About Youth Project team were flat out in July, serving up 3 weeks of fun, adventure, trips and over nights. The young people who signed up took part in in pier jumping, kayaking, hill walking, wellness day, climbing wall, a sports day, talent ...
  9. Talk About Youth Summer Programme Issued 26 Jun 2018 - The Talk About Youth Project will run a 4 week summer project, starting on the 25th June for over 50 young people. A packed programme will include, trips to Lullymore, Newbridge Farm, Sea trip to Dun Laoghaire, Cliff Diving, Hill walking, Zorbing and a residential ...
  10. President Higgins celebrates Talk About Youth Issued 26 Jun 2018 - President Michael D Higgins, hosted a party in the Aras recently, celebrating the important contribution young people under the age of 25 make in Ireland. Representing the Talk About Youth Project was Emer Simmons one of our invaluable volunteers.
  11. Volunteer of the Year Issued 29 Apr 2018 - Huge congratulations to our invaluable volunteer Louisa Murray, who recently received a Lord Mayor’s  Volunteer of the Year award, at a ceremony in the Mansion House. The award was richly deserved for the huge amount of work that Louisa does for the Talk About Youth ...
  12. Talk About Youth-Plans for 2018 Issued 26 Feb 2018 - 2018 and another year beckons for the extremely busy and hardworking Talk About Youth project team. An incredible group of dedicated staff and volunteers give over and beyond to ensure the successful implementation of our programmes, projects and clubs and ensure that the needs of ...
  13. Talk About Youth-International Programme Issued 19 Feb 2018 - Recently, the ‘Stay Human’ Programme gave 12 Young people the opportunity to gather together to discuss experiences and engage themselves in the topic of human rights. Two youth exchanges took place, one in Lithuania tackling ‘Hate speech’ and the second in the Netherlands addressing LGBT ...
  14. Talk About Youth Summer 2017 Report Issued 17 Oct 2017 - This summer has been a super busy one for everyone in the Talk About Youth department.    Read this summer's report, direct from Carmel O'Connor, the service manager.      
  15. Dazzellettes in Competition! Issued 17 Oct 2017 - Well done and good luck to the wonderful Dazzellettes! September was exceptional with the Dazzellettes competing in their very first class competition.  This month is competition time again and all members will be competing for the elimination rounds for the Nationals in November.  We already ...
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