First 1/3 of the EVS already past and there is a lot to say…
Starting with the news from DYS:
Donegal Youth Council have been very active, launching its Sexual Health And More website (http://sham.ie/), releasing a Youth Manifesto video in which they address their messages to Donegal local politicians about Youth main concerns in the county (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGLpgK8n3sU) and organising a pre-election Youth Matters event during which they met the candidates to the local election for the Donegal Council. In this event they presented DYC projects and facilitated roundtables to discuss with politicians about the main topics they are working on: Mental Health, Wellbeing, Bullying, Education and Youth Facilities. http://donegalnews.com/2014/05/donegal-youth-council-holds-youth-matters-event-at-cultural-centre/ .
Meeting local candidates for the election
In May the Letterkenny Information Centre has had a very irregular attendance flow due to final exams. For this reasons some of the activities have been postponed until June. The young people drop in after lunch and they enjoy meeting each other, playing pool, listening to music… or just sitting on the coaches relaxing and chatting about summer plans.
The Qube was a fundraising event that Donegal Youth Service organized in a hotel in March. They got money from many people, most of it from the winners of the games. We prepared a video summarizing the night to thank everybody involved.
Doing our EVS in Donegal Youth Service, we have the chance to follow various trainings and enlarge our personal skills, which is a great opportunity.
Anne-C had trainings about Youth Leadership in diverse society, Child Protection policies, Sexual Education in Youth sector, raising awareness on drugs and alcohol dangers, promoting Healthy Eating Behaviours with young people.
One morning we have the opportunity to participate in a update session around drugs and alcohol in Ireland. The trainee told us about the introduction of new drugs in the country as well as the shapes and effects in short and long term. I was very interesting to discover new vocabulary around the slung in the street. On the other side we have realized that alcohol continues being one of the most common drugs in Irish population. Young people starts early and early to consume this liquid drug. Following the statistics, alcohol is one of the firs reason of dead in Ireland.
Trainings are being worthwhile to acknowledge different experiences of youth work in Ireland. One of them is held by a DYS trainer in Maharothy each Thursday and Friday. The training develops issues related to Childhood protection or Youth Inclusion.
Child Protection Training has taken place on May. Starting with the law about childhood we can learn through Frankie how we have to be with this complex range of age (under 18 years old). Children are one of the most vulnerable groups because they are exposed to many kind of abuse range from neglect to emotional, sexual and physical abuse.
Because EVS is not only working but social life and discovering as well, we have been travelling around Donegal County and Northern Ireland.
Last places visited: Slieve Leagues, Glenveagh Nat Park, Mount Errigal, Malin Head, Derry, Giant Causeways and Belfast.
We also climbed Croagh Patrick in County Mayo with part of the EVS group we met in the on-arrival training. We were unlucky with the weather as it was a terrible day but finally resist to Irish cold and rain was part of the challenge and we had great time. Westport is a nice town full of pubs!