Wexford Public Participation Network (PPN) reflected on a successful year as its 2018 Annual Report was launched at a sunny Irish National Heritage Park.
A crowd of nearly 100 people gathered in the sunshine as the report was formally launched by one of Wexford PPN's younger members Skye Turner, who is also a member of Comhairle na nÓg.
PPN Secretary Jonathan King welcomed attendees who included Mayor George Lawlor, TDs Brendan Howlin and James Browne, local representatives, council officials and representatives from Wexford Local Development. In his speech, Jonathan stated that the evening was a way to recognise and thank the PPN community for their efforts and contributions over the year and he also reflected on how far the organisation has come since the organisation's establishment in 2014.
Skye Turner highlighted the positive impact that involvement with the PPN has had on her life, stating that before joining she lacked confidence and felt as though she didn't fit in. However, as soon as she joined Comhairle na nÓg, she was welcomed with open arms and given a place where she felt she belonged becoming the bubbly, confident person she is today.
On the night, there was plenty of entertainment with traditional musicians, singing and recitations, highlighting the wealth of talent that exists among the members. PPN Member Breda O'Sullivan of Disabilities Wexford summed things up, saying: 'This evening is a great celebration of our year and shows the positive work being done by volunteers all across County Wexford. I would encourage all community and voluntary groups to get involved as there are a lot of benefits to be gained.'
For more on Wexford PPN check out www.wexfordppn.ie