Eight young women from Carrick-on-Suir’s Foróige Neighbourhood Youth Project will take part in an international youth exchange to Manchester over the Halloween break.
The girls, all aged between 16 and 19 years, will travel to Manchester to take part in the youth-led conference entitled ‘One World - All Different’ for professionals working with young people in Great Britain.
As part of their preparation for the trip, the group have been researching and designing presentations on the themes of homelessness, leaving care, youth unemployment and mental health, all from an Irish perspective.
The girls will deliver these workshops at the conference.
During their week-long exchange, they will meet with young people from ‘Youth Elements’ in Manchester and experience the cultural, religious and social lives of their peers in that city.
In the week before the conference, they will participate in planning for the conference and share their experiences of being a teenager in Ireland today.
While the Manchester exchange is being partially funded by ‘Causeway’ the British-Irish Exchange Programme, the group have also been engaged in fundraising to cover some of their costs.
The girls idea to run a ‘Take Me Out’ night, based on the popular TV show, came to fruition in Cusack’s Bar on Main Street on October 7.
In a fun night of entertainment, nine young people volunteered to take part in the show, which saw them trying to get a ‘date’ from a group of their contemporaries.
The show was co-hosted by Stephaine Cleary and Daryl Walsh, both of whom have been actively involved in Foróige since they were kids.
The night was a huge success and was very well supported by friends and family.
Love was in the air and nine happy couples made their way down to the basement where they were treated to non-alcoholic cocktails, chocolate strawberries and marshmallows.
Thanks to the very generous sponsorship from Aaron’s Takeaway, Fitzgerald-Fleming Accountants, Scoil Mhuire, Comeragh College, the RAPID Community Support programme and the sponsorship of family and friends, the group now have sufficient funds to cover their costs for the week in Manchester.
The Foróige Neighbourhood Youth Project will play host to ‘Youth Elements’ next April, when the Manchester group pay a return visit to Ireland to experience life in this country.
For further information please contact: Anne Howard, Neighbourhood Youth Project, 16 Kickham Street, Carrick-on-Suir, (086) 3848160 or (051) 645967 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.