Tuesday 21 May 2019

100 youths helped by proactive local group

Syrian youths, LGBT and Traveller teens at risk all benefit from great service

Youth New Ross volunteers at the group’s AGM
Youth New Ross volunteers at the group’s AGM

David Looby

More than 100 people were helped by Youth New Ross last year.

Youth New Ross held its 2018 Annual General Meeting in the old CBS on Wednesday, where the work of the organisation with individuals, young people and families was acknowledged.

2018 saw the organisation support more than 100 young people, dozens of families and countless other individuals who used their service throughout the year.

Together with the support of the community and the group's partners in New Ross and the surrounding area (Tusla, WWETB, Local gardaí, schools and other service providers) Youth New Ross have been able to provide a range of programmes, therapeutic supports and opportunities that will no doubt have been of great benefit to those that need them.

On the evening Youth New Ross took the opportunity of their AGM to support the Transition Year students of Good Counsel College who are set to visit Chernobyl this summer.

Youth New Ross Chairperson Joan Power said: 'I would like to thank the board, volunteers and staff of Youth New Ross for their tireless work throughout the year. Looking forward to the year ahead Youth New Ross plans to continue to expand and develop new initiatives such as a drop-in family support service, targeted youth responses for areas of high need in the town and is always looking for local people interested in volunteering to help those that need help.'

The youth project works with a range of young people who are always in need of voluntary support, Catherine Nolan and Kenny Malone of the Youth Project added.

They said: 'We run groups for LGBT young people, teen boys and girls, Travellers and new communities in New Ross. Many of our young people need role models in their lives and this is an area we see huge potential for volunteers to help guide young people. If this sounds like something you are interested in please let us know.'

Another integral role for volunteers is on the board of Youth New Ross.

CEO Dave Gray said: 'One of the most important functions of any organisation is in maintaining good governance. Youth New Ross has always had great pride in the fact that local people from the area have governed the organisation. The strength of local people leading and informing our work for local needs is vital to Youth New Ross' continued success.'

If you would like to be come involved in volunteering with Youth New Ross please email or ring the office on 051 425415.

New Ross Standard