|Build A Bike Programme - in the Castle Project Ballyogan
The Castel Project in Ballyogan ran a programme duringn the summer aimed at encouraging to people to develop their fitness by getting involved in cycling and mountain bike trekking. The only snag was that the young people that were involved in the programme had top build their bike first!
In three sessions, the young people learned how to build a bike from stratch - attaching handle bars, brakes, gears, chain and wheels.
Once the bikes were road tested and working perfectly, the young people got 4 training sessions in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains learning about such subjects as 1-finger front/back braking, attack position for fast down-hill cycling over rough terrain, ramping off slopes and bike maintenance/repair.
All the young people worked very well as a team helping each other to complete the bikes in the building sessions. They also encouraged each other and developed a strong sense of empathy towards others limitations in the more challenging parts of the trekking sessions.
Returning to Nature....Gardening Programme @ The Rec, Nutgrove
Nutgrove Youth Centre is now in its second year. One of our aims this year was the development of our garden at the front of the Rec Youth Centre in Nutgrove. A lot of work needed to be carried out in the garden and the young people in the REC were only too eager to get involved. Our youth service is young people orientated and they were involved in every part of the design and process. This included digging, clean up, deciding where the boxes would be placed, deciding on the types of flowers and purchasing them locally, planting and the ongoing care required.
We set the aims of the project to be
Ballyogan Adventure Sports Club
This club has been running since September 2010, with ten enthusiastic young people aged 12 to 15 years. The purpose is to engage with young people through the medium of adventure sports, to have some fun and to develop an interest in outdoor fun and adventure. We meet every Thursday afternoon, and engage in activities such as abseiling, rock climbing, cliff jumping, orienteering, kayaking and many more. In June 2011, the group embarked on a three day camping residential to Doolin, Co. Clare. The activities included cliff jumping, surfing, a night hike, a visit to the Cliffs of Moher and a trip to the island of Inis Oirr by ferry and a horse and cart experience on the island. The residential was a huge success, the young people are still reliving it and have begun talking about planning their next trip to Co. Clare!
'The Beat' Youth Cafe - Dun Laoghaire
CYC supported some 150 summer projects this summer, which gave over 20,000 children and young people fun and leisure activities during July and August. Summer Projects are organised by volunteers aided and supported by CYC. CYC provide programme supoort, training (including Child Protection Training and Garda Vetting), administrative support etc.
Hilljoy Summer Project
Former Lord Mayor Councillor Catriona Jones
As part of the Youth in Action Programme, Swords/Baldoyle Youth Service hosted an Intercultural Creative Writing Exchange for young people . The title of the exchange was New Individual Speech through Writing. This Exchange was supported by Leargas, Swords/Baldoyle Youth Service and other sponsorship.
New Individual Speech , was a Creative Writing Project that brought together nineteen young people and six leaders from three countries, Ireland, Norway and Spain to explore creative writing in a safe and encouraging environment. Using the Amherst Writers and Artists Method which was developed by Pat Schneider in the USA, the leader led the group using the method which believes that everybody is born with creative ability and writing as an art form belongs to all people regardless of economic class or education. Through creative writing, public speaking, team building exercises and outdoor activities, the project gave young people the opportunity to express themselves, to grow as people in an inter-cultural environment, to build self esteem, communication and presentation skills. Throughout the week, the group was led through many writing exercises which they wrote both in English and their mother tongue and encouraged to read their work aloud in small and large groups. The young people were also taught the skills of giving positive feedback to each other which contributed also to their listening skills. The group also took part in inter-cultural activities having the opportunity to experience food, dance, song and writers from the three different countries. The outdoor activities included orienteering, rock climbing, raft building and gorge walking which offered the young people the chance to build multi-cultural teams , working together to achieve a goal.
The event took place at Petersburgh Outdoor Education Centre, Co. Galway, Ireland over eight days from June 27th to July 4th.
What was World Youth Day like......
World Youth Day was not two million young people suddenly – irrationally even – experiencing some sort of epiphany and shouting loud in praise of God with fires on their tongues like the Pentecostal apostles. Naturally, the streets were filled with the energy of two million festival-goers, tourists, friends, youth groups and clubs. The atmosphere of a concert, a football match or indeed a huge party pervaded the city. We weren’t inexplicably changed, the joy and jubilation is to be expected when a plethora of teens, twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings come together to celebrate. ...(Michael Kavanagh- Pilgrim)
No holiday lasts forever. And we all know that when you get home from your one or two weeks off abroad, your problems are waiting for you when you return. But hopefully, you’ve come back to those problems a little happier, a little more rested, a little more capable to take them on. World Youth Day was a wonderful experience, and like everything, an all-too-quickly fleeting one. Yet, we were asked anonymously to write a little prayer for what we wanted to find in Madrid before we left, and I don’t mind sharing it with you now, I wrote ‘I am looking for something to quieten my cynicism’. And I got it. I come home saying this; people are essentially good no matter their wrongs, and God is in the everyday, if you look out for Him...... (Michael Kavanagh).
The John Paul II Awards
The Pope John Paul II Award is dedicated to the memory of the late Pope John Paul II whose love of young people was so profound. The Award was launched on 7th November 2006 in the Diocese of Derry, Ireland.
Catholic Youth Care held their first Award Ceremony for the Pope John Paul II Awards in City Hall Dublin in September. The Award consists of a certain number of hours done at a Parish level and a certain number done in outreach work in the community. Depending on the number of hours completed by the young people they received a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award.
Awards Presented By Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin.