Comhairle na nÓg are child and youth councils in the 34 local authorities of the country, which give children and young people the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies.
In light of the fact that Comhairle na nÓg is for young people under the age of 18 and who therefore have no other voting mechanism to have their voice heard, Comhairle na nÓg is designed to enable young people to have a voice on the services, policies and issues that affect them in their local area.
Roscommon Comhairle na nÓg will be continuing their work on the provision of transport for young people in Co. Roscommon in 2015. They are also working on the topics of Young people’s mental health and Facilities for young people.
Young People’s Mental Health:
The Comhairle have co-designed with a Psychologist a workshop for young people called ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’. Young people can sometimes find themselves with a situation where a friend, or some other young person in their company, is in distress. They can be left wondering what can or should they do to help. This workshop and brochure gives some important tips to help young people cope and offer assistance where appropriate.
The brochure goes hand in hand with the workshop and is designed to fit inside a phone cover. The workshop was piloted at the 2014 AGM and has now been reviewed by the designers, the participants and the facilitator. It is hoped to roll out the programme in 2015.
Transport for Young People:
The NASA Bus Initiative (No Alcoholic Substances Allowed) is nearing its launch. This initiative arose for the need for all young people access to transport to and from under 18 events. The initiative has been developed in partnership with; Comhairle, An Gardai, Local Bus Operators, Comhairle Steering Committee, and Event managers, Comhairle have received backing from Roscommon Joint Policing Committee, groups using the bus services and sought advise from RSA.
Young People’s Facilities:
Work in progress on young person friendly information on what is available to them in their own areas. Their ‘own areas’ is vital as Roscommon does not have a public transport system. Co. Roscommon is the third most rural county in Ireland.
Comhairle would like to become ‘Ambassadors’ for young people in the LGBT community in Roscommon. This is a new Topic and at its infancy stage. Work began by young people and workers/volunteers taking part in a workshop where they will educate themselves on the Topic. The workshop was facilitated by ShoutOUT.