|CDYS Youth Work Ireland||
The CDYS Teenage Dreamers have been extremely busy for the last couple of weeks taking part in painting projects and art competitions.
CDYS Teenage Dreamers girls group were delighted to take part in the ‘Life Path’ Labyrinth which is located in the Gilbert Centre in Mallow. The girls painted a concrete slab with things that are important to them on their own personal life journey. This project gave the girls a great opportunity to reflect on their own life journeys so far.
The group also took part in Youth Work Ireland national ‘Nollaig’ Christmas card competition. Sharon Doody, group leader and on work placement with CDYS got the group to enter the competition. All the entries from the girls were outstanding with Amy Begley winning her category of the 16 – 18 year olds. Amy drew a Christmas Tree, wishing everybody a happy Christmas in different languages. She won a voucher and also got her picture framed as well as receiving 20 Christmas cards with her design on them. Heartiest congratulations to Amy and the other members of the group Gemma, Cliona and Charlotte.
CDYS Bingo Jackpot won in time for Christmas
Local man Robert Walmsley was the lucky winner of the CDYS Mallow Bingo jackpot last Sunday night at the Mallow Community Youth Centre. On a night of high drama in front of a large crowd Mr Walmsley claimed the €2,050 jackpot on the 53rd and final call. And what a night to claim it just nine days before Christmas. Congratulations Robert from everyone in CDYS.
The CDYS bingo is holding a special Christmas night this week as the prize money for the line across and full house games from the books are increased to €30 and €100 respectively for one night only. Doors open at 7.30pm on Sunday night for an 8pm start.
The bingo then takes a break until January 6th so be sure to get your fill in before the holiday season.
Cyber Bulling Reaction
We here in CDYS Youth Work Ireland are aware of an increase in the number of young people experiencing Cyber Bulling across the region.
We are concerned about the number of unregulated social networking websites and how they can negatively affect young people’s image of themselves and their social and emotional wellbeing.
Our experience across the region has told us that young people are becoming more isolated socially and economically due to diminished social, education and employment options over the last few years. CDYS strives to reduce this isolation by working with young people and their families in their local community and developing programmes and responses to everyday issues that they identify and face. We cannot underestimate the importance of youth services in insuring that young people are socially educated, happy and kept safe.
Through our staff and large network of volunteers CDYS continues to engage with young people on the issue of Cyber Bulling. Our priority is to protect young people by providing education and a safe avenue for them to raise issues of cyber bulling. We also provide parents with advice information from our centres in Macroom, Mallow, Fermoy, Midleton and Cobh.
If you would like further information or are experiencing cyber bulling please contact your nearest CDYS office or go to www.spunout.ie.
No Amps Allowed
Performing at No Amps Allowed
The very best of Mallow’s young talent was on display last Wednesday night at the Mallow Youth Centre for a music and drama event entitled No Amps Allowed. This event was organised by the Mallow Drugs initiative to help raise awareness of the dangers of taking drugs.
The young performers displayed nerves of steel in front of the large attendance who were treated to a night to remember. It all kicked off with an acoustic session showcasing the various talents of the CDYS Music project. This was followed by the eagerly awaited short play ‘Love and Drugs don’t Mix’. This play told the story of a young teenage girl who is torn between drugs, her boyfriend, her family, her friends and her conscience. It shows the destructive effects of taking drugs and how it impacts her and those close to her. The play was written, produced and directed by talented young CDYS Drama member Hazel Hennessy.
Speaking about the night Youth Worker Nicola Whelan said “The talent on stage was amazing, the night was a huge success with both adults and young people learning so much about the dangers and effects of using harmful substances.” CDYS would like to thank everyone who helped make the night happen especially the young performers and volunteers of the service. If you would like to know more about the project Nicola can be contacted on 086-3836414.
This Project was funded by the SRDTF and the Cork County Council Arts project.
New Mural for Youth Centre
The Mallow Community Youth Centre built on its recent improvements with the painting of a new mural over the summer.
Completed by local artist Darran Forde, the work was only made possible with the help of the Dulux Let's colour project who sponsored all of the paint. The painting of the mural, which took about 6 weeks, is captured in a time lapse (below) so any aspiring artist can see just how much work goes into something like this.
CDYS Marketing Manager Richard Dorgan said "this project would not have been possible with the contribution from Dulux. We had seen what a talented artist Darran is from his work with young people here in CDYS."
Once Dulux granted the application no time was wasted getting the project up and running. Darran put in a lot of long hours with some VERY early starts to help minimise disruption.
Richard continued "The mural's colours brighten up the main hall and help make this building one of the most important in the area. Thanks to everyone who made this possible especially Darran and Dulux"
The Mallow Community Youth Centre is available for hire all year round with special community rates for groups. Please contact Richard 086 6060002 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
New Recording Studio for Mallow Youth Centre
Construction is at an advanced stage for a brand new recording studio in the Mallow Community Youth Centre.
This space will help young people from CDYS Music projects to achieve their potential The Studio will be available for hire in the coming months.
Bingo Contributes to Local Taekwondo Club
The CDYS Bingo recently continued its good work with the young people of Mallow by donating the proceeds of a lucky number bingo game to the Mallow Taekwondo club. The club will use the money to help bring five of their up and coming stars to the European Open in Brighton later this year. Everyone in CDYS wishes the team members the best of luck in their travels.
CDYS Golf Classic a Huge Success
Congratulations to the team of John Corbett, Anthony Brown and Oliver Deady who had a very close win in the CDYS Golf Classic last week at Fermoy Golf Club last Friday. The later starters enjoyed the best of the weather as the early morning drizzle was burned off by the sun for a beautiful sunny afternoon. The winning team admitted afterwards that every putt seemed to drop for them which was just as well as they only won on a count back. CDYS would like to thank all the generous sponsors, everyone that played and the Fermoy Golf Club staff who had the course in magnificent condition and provided excellent hospitality during the day.
CDYS Mallow Music Fundraising Gig
The CDYS Music project held a fundraising gig in the Dance room of the Youth Centre recently. CDYS has hosted many gigs in the centre over the last few years but everyone in attendance agreed that this gig was the best of the lot. The fact that the young people and volunteers of the project organised everything about the night made it all the more memorable for Youth Worker Miriam Nyahn who is head of the project. Miriam said ‘CDYS is all about empowering young people and volunteers to achieve their dreams and a night like this shows just how good events can go with a little hard work.’
Headline act the ‘Vinyl Junkies’ kicked off the gig with a storming performance that nearly blew the roof of the centre off. From there on in it was the young people of the CDYS music project who had the audience eating out of their hands. Well done to everyone who performed and helped make the night possible. Special thanks to the Vinyl Junkies for giving up their time to take part. If you would like to get involved in the music project or any other CDYS project please contact Miriam Nyhan on 022 53526 ext 4 or email email@example.com for more information.
CDYS Mallow Hiking trip
There was a very hectic end to the CDYS Summer program last week with a number of events taking place. First up on Wednesday was the annual hiking trip. This year a gang of 54 adults and children set out for the hills in Ballyhooley in overcast conditions. Led by the great explorer Miriam Nyhan (youth worker) the team spirit was high as the sun threatened to break through the clouds upon reaching the summit. Though descending was slow due to some sore bodies, the near 4 hour hike was a great success. Well done to everyone on reaching their Everest.
New FETAC Course for East Cork
CDYS has recently secured funding from FAS to deliver a Local Training Initiative in the East Cork Area.
This project was the brain child of the dynamic Clare Seymour who first approached CDYS with the training concept earlier this year. Clare is now the full time co-ordinator of this very creative program which aims to equip young people with skills to be able to progress onto work or further education.
So far 18 participants aged between 17 and 24 years, have been recruited for the 1 year pilot program. At the end of the year, participants will have a FETAC Level 4 or 5 qualification. This program is innovative in that it utilises creative media such as music, art, drama, discussion and group work to achieve this qualification. Other funders of the program are SECAD and Cork County Council. We wish this new project every success for the coming year