It has being a busy summer for young people all over the county. From Manorhamilton to Mohill summer projects took place providing fun and challenging activities for all who attended.
North Connaught Youth and Community Services (NCYCS) have supported volunteers and junior leaders from clubs and cafes in organising and facilitating eight summer projects throughout the county. The clubs/cafes that ran summer projects include Cloone, Lahard Children’s Project, Ballinamore, Children of Barleyfield, Carrigallen, Breffni Youth Café, Carrick, Mohill Youth Café, The Base Youth Café, Drumshanbo, Shack Og, Manorhamilton and the No Limits group, Carrick on Shannon.
Over three hundred young people participated in a variety of activities provided on the summer projects. NCYCS feels that these summer projects are a vital support to young people and their families. In addition they provide young people with an opportunity to participate in activities such as sports, arts and crafts, bike safety, and drama, canoeing and kayaking at Lough Allen Education Centre. The summer projects also included visits to Lough Key Forest and Activity Park for orienteering. Other outings included trips to Waterworld, Tayto Park, Funtansia and Zone activity centre.
No Limits did a seven night residential at Lough Allen Education Centre, which was enjoyed by all participants. A big thank from them to all volunteers, facilitators and to Lough Allen Education Centre.
Young people at the Base Café completed song writing and recording workshop and their C.D. will be launched in the autumn. This workshop was facilitated by George from River Rock Recording Studios and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
The young people of Barleyfield recorded a documentary piece of film connecting to locations in their communities. Each young person will be presented with a DVD of their work. Johnnie Grogan facilitated this project.
These summer projects give young people a vital opportunity to build on their skills and knowledge in different areas and discover new talents. The provision of these opportunities would not be possible but for the hard work and commitment of the large number of volunteers and junior leaders throughout the county. NCYCS would like to thank the volunteers for their huge contribution to the summer projects as well as their work with clubs/cafes throughout the year. Mohill Youth Café wants to thank Paul Beck for his support to their project. The Shack, Manorhamilton want to thank the young adult leaders who organised a week of activities for primary school children. On behalf of the young people, volunteers and communities NCYCS would like to thank Leitrim Development Company, Leitrim County Childcare Committee, Leitrim VEC, Leitrim County Council and National Youth Council Ireland for their financial support towards running the projects. We would also like to thank the young people and their families for their participation and look forward to future projects together.