Connect conference brings Tipperary Youthreach students together

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Connect conference brings Tipperary Youthreach students together

County Tipperary Youthreach centres at the Connect conference in the Horse and Jockey, Thurles.

Connect held a conference at the Horse and Jockey in Thurles recently aimed at bringing together all of those that engage and are associated with the education of Youthreach students in County Tipperary.
Among those in attendance were secondary school principals, social workers, An Garda Síochána, Higher Education representatives, PLC principals, youth work advocates, Community Education staff, Community Training Centre staff, VTOS and BTEI coordinators, advocates and Education and Training Board members from County Tipperary and beyond.
The conference has been supported by Tipperary Education and Training Board for the last two years.
Keynote speakers and workshops were provided which engaged those in attendance, allowing them discover and share ideas and practices that work. Meetings took place with the stakeholders that assist Youthreach centres in providing quality education and skills.
Among the speakers was Dr. David Carey who has a weekly slot on Newstalk radio. He spoke about the importance of the teacher in instilling hope for a better future. Kilkenny All-Ireland winning hurler and lecturer in the Strength and Conditioning Department at LIT Thurles, Michael Fennelly, highlighted the significance of nutrition for optimal performance.
Tipperary and Mullinahone hurling great John Leahy, who currently works with the HSE as a drug education officer, gave a presentation on how substance misuse affects families and mental health. There was also a presentation on restorative practices and about how to inspire people to use them in everyday encounters.
Author Christy Kenneally closed the conference with a session on self-care and positivity.
Youthreach centres in County Tipperary thank all who supported and attended the conference.