DYS FREE Personal Development Programme for Young People (16-25 years)

Donegal Youth Service | FREE Personal Development Programme for Young People (16-25 years)

Are you aged 16-25? Are you bored? Fed up sitting at home? Want a challenge? Need to get out there? Well we might just be able to help!

Donegal Youth Service is currently recruiting young people for their new one day a week ‘REACTIV8’ ‘Personal Youth Development Programme’ funded by the International Fund for Ireland.

This programme is absolutely free of charge, and has numerous great things to offer to young people including the opportunity to meet other young people, participate in team building exercises, residentials and activities with a strong emphasis on personal development skills such as confidence and self-esteem building, problem solving, coping skills and more.The focus of ‘Reactiv8’ is learning employability skills in a safe and friendly environment. Participants will develop CV writing skills, filling out job applications, and interview preparations/tips/practices. Work experience and internship opportunities will be arranged for participants in their area of interest. Participants will also be able to avail of accredited training during the programme.

As well as working together in a group participants will also receive one to one support from their mentor for the duration of the programme.

Youth Employability Worker Michelle Wylam shared that “Helen Simms and I are very much looking forward to working on this project, meeting the participants and working with them to achieve their goals.”

The aim of the programme is for young people to feel empowered to find their way back to training, further education or employment. It aims to engage young people and create a space where they will be supported to discover and to achieve their full potential.

It is currently based in Letterkenny, Buncrana, Ballybofey, Strabane and Sion Mills.

If you would like to take part in this free programme or find out more please contact Youth Employability Workers Michelle on 085 251 9287, or Helen

Anam Cara Parent Evening 9th March

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Thursday 9th March from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.

A parent told us recently:

Nothing is normal after the death of a child and it never will be again. Anam Cara helps. People may say that after, for example, two years you should just be able to pull up your socks and get on with it, but life is not like that when you lose a child. There is no timeline for getting over grief, it’s a continuous, daily thing. I would encourage any bereaved parents to come along. I know that anything that is unknown is often really scary, however, it’s important people know there is no pressure or onus on anyone to talk at the meetings, just being there can help.

We would stress that this meeting is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age their child died, the circumstances of their death or whether the death was recent or not. However, please note that the meeting is open to bereaved parents only.

If you yourself are supporting or potentially supporting bereaved parents, you might be interested in viewing the Anam Cara videos at anamcara.ie/videos. These involve testimonies from bereaved parents and couples who attend the Anam Cara groups. Anam Cara has also produced an Information Pack for Bereaved Parents, a free copy of which can be ordered by emailing info@anamcara.ie or ringing our Information Line on 085 2888 888.

Anam Cara receives funding from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, through the Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019.