Tipperary teens making a difference

TAR project youths Aoife Ryan, Shauna Spillane John Hayes in St Micheals Ave Playground
Just recently a group of proactive young people from Tipperary Regional Youth Service decided to make a difference to the play areas in Tipperary Town.

Just recently a group of proactive young people from Tipperary Regional Youth Service decided to make a difference to the play areas in Tipperary Town.

Aoife Ryan Shauna Spillane and John Hayes are youths involved in the ‘Teens At Risk’ (TAR) Garda Diversion project and the ‘playground marking initiative’ tied-in with all the groups goals and gave the opportunity to promote empathy, improve pro-social skills and increase pro-social community involvement.

This group of young people has already donated a huge amount of their time to painting murals at the Dunnes Roundabout in Tipp Town.

Their next mission was to round up the troops and volunteer their time towards re-enhancing the St. Michael’s Avenue/Plots playground, which is positioned across from Marion Terrace where the games markings had faded over time and were unattractive and unusable.

“The markings were visible enough for TAR young people to come along and trace around and reignite the playground with some crafted splashes of colour, hard work and enthusiasm,” said Lisa McGrath, Tipperary Regional Youth Services TRYS.

“This project offers the TAR young people a chance to contribute towards their community and partner with Tipperary Tidy Towns as well as showcasing their artistic skills,”she said.

The group is keen to make a difference in other areas of the town so keep an eye out for splashes of colour appearing here and there.

The TRYS would like to thank all the young people involved for doing such creative artistic works. Especially to Aoife Ryan, Shauna Spillane and John Hayes for the St Michaels Avenue project. T

his project was made possible thanks to funding from the ESF (European Social Funding) and IYJS (Irish Youth Justice System).