Monday 23 October 2017

CARD Project members launch booklet

Some of the young people who took part in the CARD Project from June to November this year.
Some of the young people who took part in the CARD Project from June to November this year.

The CARD PROJECT is delighted to announce the launch of its 'How would you like to be treated booklet'.

The project was set up with funding from the Louth Peace and Reconciliation Partnership and ran from June- November 2013.

Consisting of members from the Cable Project, Eaglewings, The Patrician Youth Centre in Downpatrick. The Card Project investigated the impact of racism, sectarianism and discrimination on our communities.

The group met on a weekly basis throughout the summer and after a residential training weekend in September began working on creating a booklet to inform and challenge peoples beliefs around the three topics.

'We wanted to see if these issues actually effect young people and how we might make a difference,' said Sophia Corr (17).

CABLE Project co-ordinator Allen O'Donoghue pointed out that bringing groups from very different backgrounds together to discuss such delicate subjects 'can be very tricky and difficult to manage, but to the credit of the young people they took to the task so well and got straight down to work'.

'They examined their own experience of discrimination and also looked at the wider impact and found that although the reason why people may be discriminated against were different, the impact on the individual's feelings are actually similar,' he added. 'They should be very proud of the work they have done.'

The group dedicated the last month to finalising the booklet and also created a short video to accompany the booklet.

Mayor of Drogheda Richie Culhane was on hand to officially launch the booklet.

'It's so great to see young people making a difference in the community especially as these young people are the future leaders of our country,' he said at the launch.

'The booklet will be given to every school at second level in Drogheda and Downpatrick and will also be made available to any other youth group or organisation that wants to use it.'

Allen wanted to sincerely thank The Louth Peace and Reconciliation Partnership for all their support and encouragement throughout the whole process.

Drogheda Independent