FORUM Connemara Ltd. manages a Youth Initiative, the FORUM Adolescent Support Programme (ASP), in partnership with HSE West, County Galway VEC and Foroige. The aim of the ASP is to put in place a youth provision for young people between the ages of ten to eighteen years, with priority given to young people at risk. Programmes include After School Activity programmes, junior arts programmes, parents education workshops, outdoor adventure programmes, delivery of child protection training and summer camps.
The FORUM Adolescent Support Project was funded with the following objectives:
- To provide intervention for young people “at risk” to enable them to grow and develop to their full potential.
- To provide a programme of support to young people identified as at risk of early school leaving so that they will remain in school and gain optimum benefit from the school system.
- To expand and develop a range of voluntary based youth groups and clubs for young people between the ages of 10 – 18 years, particularly those who are unattached.
Actions undertaken under the Adolescent Support Programme
- After Schools Activity Clubs for 10-12 years old (Personal Development Programmes using the media of arts, sports and team/personal development challenges and discussions)
- Junior Activity Porgrammes for the 6-10 years based in schools time
- Clifden Community Schools First Year Programme
- Intergenerational Programmes
- Drugs Information Seminars
- Parents Workshops on Challenging Behaviour
- Youth Representative Group
- Comhairle na nOg Group for North West Connemara
- 13+ Summer Camp Programme
- Child Protection Training
- Support to the Youth in Action Summer Camps
- Family Support and Individual Work
- If parents have concerns or other professionals regarding young people's behaviuors or young people's emotions the project can refer on to the appropriate services/programmes i.e. Clinical Physiologists, counselling, drugs/alcohol services etc
- Workshops and events are held during the year to cater for the needs of young people, parents and professionals
- Newly Opened Jigsaw & Friends Service (Mental Health Support, Advice & Guidance, the first Wednesday in every month 2-6pm , Clifden Town Hall, Youth Cafe area)
For further information contact Marie Feeney, Project Co-ordinator or Tina Jack, Youth Support Worker email@example.com or phone 095 22175