Saturday 16 December 2017

Youths see the sights

Gorey Youth Needs on tour at Vinegar Hill
Gorey Youth Needs on tour at Vinegar Hill

Fintan Lambe

SCHOOL may be out for the summer, but the team at Gorey Youth Needs really stepped into the breach this year, and filled the gap, so no-one had any excuse to be bored.

'We were very fortunate that our summer projects were funded by three different organisations this year,' said Sandra Collins, Project Co-ordinator with Gorey Youth Needs.

'Wexford Local Development, Sports Active Wexford, and Gorey School Completion Programme all came on board, and it's been all go since June 24,' she said.

The summer kicked off with 'No Sweat', a soccer camp with Barry Dolan, which focused on soccer, nutrition, team building and mental health. It was funded by the Gorey School Completion Programme.

The following week, a Sports Camp, co-funded by Sports Active Wexford, was for pre-teens about to start secondary school, and again, it proved a great success.

Also in July, Sandra, and Mandi Tighe, Community Youth Worker with Gorey Youth Needs, ran a Beauty and Self Esteem Camp for girls. They also had a visit from Ellen Ryle of GROW as part of this camp which was funded by the Gorey School Completion Programme. The fun culminated last week with Summer Fun, which was supported by WLD, with Sustainable Communities Co-ordinator Fran Ryan.

This week took in some of the highlights of Wexford, including: tours of Gorey Fire Station and Gorey Garda Station, where they were given talks on safety and careers; Hook Head; Loftus Hall; kayaking in Duncannon; Wells House, where they did archery; and the National 1798 Rebellion Centre in Enniscorthy; Vinegar Hill; and Ferns Castle.

They finished off the week with a barbeque at the Gorey Youth Needs Centre.

During the month, on Mondays, a kayaking programme in Courtown was facilitated by Shielbaggan Outdoor Adventure Centre, with group facilitator Gorey Youth Needs Project Worker Mark Colclough.

A new Young Men's Group is starting in September at Gorey Youth Needs for those aged 18 and over. Contact Sandra on 053 9422611 for information. Also, participants are being sought for a Local Training Initiative in Sports and Recreation Level 5, which starts in September. Expression of Interest forms are available from Gorey Youth Needs.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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