The Tipperary Regional Youth Service hosted their Annual Volunteer Awards ceremony on Friday, May 6, 2011 in Ballykisteen Hotel. As this is the ‘Year of the Volunteer’, all 261 of the services volunteers were awarded with either volunteer certificates or gold or silver volunteer pins.
In attendance on the night was special guest speaker, Anna Hughes, who was Irelands Volunteer of the Year in 2010. The service’s younger members from Comhairle na nOg, presented the awards to the volunteers.
The TRYS received a Silver Standard Health Quality Mark award from the National Youth Council of Ireland. The aim of TYRS is to improve young people’s awareness of health and health related issues and provide an adolescent-friendly place for young people to meet both formally and informally. The Health Quality Award mark is a standard framework developed by the National Youth Council of Ireland, which aims at enhancing best practice and a high standard of quality in all aspects of Health Promotion. TRYS successfully attained all of the quality standards to receive the Silver award. The staff and young people demonstrated to the assessment team how they had achieved and implemented the criteria for the Health Quality Mark. This involved staff training, policy development and the establishment of support structures that enhances the health and well being of young people and staff. Kevin O’Hagan, Youth Health, Senior Project Officer at the National Youth Council of Ireland in congratulating the youth service, stated: “This Silver Health Quality Award is evidence that the service is managed and staffed by people who are committed to quality standards in health promotion and the well being of all who use the youth service. It represents extensive work and reflection by the centre to ensure that proper procedures and policies are in place to maintain a health-promoting environment for young people and staff. The centre used this opportunity to build on the good work that is going on in the centre and to ensure that their work is in line with national and international best practice in the area of Youth Health Promotion. I have every confidence that this service will continue to be a healthy and safe place for young people and staff and that health promotion will remain a key priority.” The staff of the service was commended for the high standards and commitment to Health promotion in particular the CEO Cora Horgan and Health Promotion Officer in the service Teresa Normille who guided the service through the process.