SPY Projects

Monday 7-9pm Gurranabraher Youth Centre (15-17yrs)

This group offers teenage girls the space to explore their issues and concerns in a safe supportive space. Programme includes information & awareness on issues, sexual health, personal development, group work, movie nights, cuppa tea and chats, cooking, creative projects, games outings etc.

Wednesday 2.45-3.45pm Churchfield Leisure world open to all local teens (13-19) years.

This group allows teens to access the gym at a reduced cost of €1 per session. The group highlights awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how to exercise safely. The young people learn to use all the machines and to focus on strength building exercises with supervision and support from the youth worker When desired young people work towards weekly/monthly fitness challenges!

Mondays 4.30-5.30pm Sam Allen All Weather Pitches Churchfield (12-16 yrs).

This group allows local boys access the pitches at a reduced rate of €1 per week. The boys play weekly soccer practice and games and as well as take part in tournaments and matches. The boys soccer group also has regular sessions in the youth centre.

The aim of this project is to build bridges between the young and old, allowing them to learn about each other and how to work together in building a better community. This is a one- year programme of events and workshops to design and work together to enhance the outside and roof garden of the community building, from June 2011 to May 2012.

Workshops on:

Garden design and planting for the roof garden, Mosaics, Clay, Murals and Individual tile designs. Ages range from 11 to 70 years. There are 10 members – 5 young people and 5 older people.

This group is a space for older teens to chill out, have a cuppa, meet their friends, use computers, play pool/snooker etc. This group also does activities such as: cooking, quiz nights, game nights, gym & swim, meditation. The group have the support of the youth worker on any issue/concerns that may come up.
Mental Health Programme – ‘Mind Your Head’ run in local secondary schools (13-19yrs). This programme is from ‘Mind Your Head’ , a resource developed by YWIC in partnership with the HSE. This is an 8-week programme run in local secondary schools. The main aims of the programme is to provide a safe and supportive space for young people to explore their concerns and ideas about mental health, and to highlight coping tools and support services to them.

Short-term Drama Project Monday 4.45-6.15pm Gurranabraher Youth centre (7-14yrs).

This project was set up to respond to young people who had been involved in the former Circus group /Halloween parade group. This is a 6-week project using drama and games to encourage creative expression and interaction. It is hoped to continue working with this group if further finding becomes available in the future.

This service is available to young people on an on-going basis. Young people can drop-in to the youth centre or make an appointment. This covers a wide range of issues such as; emotional support, information, links to other services such as counselling or drug and alcohol, support with applications and C.V.s or just a cuppa and a chat.
This is a new initiative from YWIC. This group will be made up of a representative from every group going on through the youth centre. The main aims are to get the young people talking to each other and learning what they all do here in the youth project and to communicate their feelings about the youth project to the board of directors. Two meetings have now taken place so far in 2012.
The objective of homework support group is to prevent early school leaving and to present a more positive attitude towards education. The service is delivered by a VEC tutor is available to young people aged between 7 and 12 years Monday to Thursday- 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm.
The main objective of this group is to develop social and creative skills; through art and development education exercises. Age group 12 to 13 years Sixth class from a local primary school attend the youth project every Thursday & Friday morning from 12.30 pm to 2 pm

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