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The Real Deal training
programme - Live life b4 you give life
The programme is based on the 70-page training manual which was compiled during the first pilot phase. The main emphasis of the programme is to educate young girls about the importance of giving serious consideration and time to the decision to have sex and the consequences of engaging in sex at such a young age.
Six areas are covered during the training:
- Self esteem
- Sex Education and
- Drugs including alcohol
- Sexually Transmitted
- Life as a Teen Mum – the
realities of parenting at a young age
- “Not now – later” (goal
The programme takes one full day of
Participants receive the REAL DEAL training
manual at the end of the programme, which has all of the information from the
course included along with a list of useful contact phone numbers.
The Peer Educators have all received REAL DEAL
training and are fully versed in child protection protocols.
REAL DEAL training is suitable for teenage
girls, primarily aged 14 –19 in formal and non formal education settings. In
general the ideal group size for training purposes is 25 – 30.
REAL DEAL is available to schools,
training centres or youth groups. For
further information visit the website www.therealdeal.ie or contact Anne
Fitzpatrick on 085 1942289
European Year of Creativity and Innovation
The WebWheel website is very pleased to say that the
Special Educational Needs Action in Youthreach was one of the projects
selected by the European Commission as representing a practice that stimulates innovative or creative behaviour in people and promotes an innovative or creative approach to problems in society.
The European Commission has declared 2009 the European Year of Creativity and Innovation (EYCI 2009). This is taking place within the overall framework of several EU policy initiatives fostering creativity and innovation, including
European Parliament and Council actions on key competences for lifelong learning,
on innovation strategies and the creation of new jobs and on policy cooperation in education and training. The aim is
to raise awareness of the importance of creativity and innovation for
personal, social and economic development; to disseminate good
practices; to stimulate education and research, and to promote policy
debate on related issues. The activities are aimed at a range of
different groups including young people, educators, firms, policy
makers and the general public. Among the themes being addressed is
innovation in public and private services.
The European Commission is showcasing the SEN Action as an example of a very innovative and creative European project and has published an account of it under Projects on its EYCI 2009 website (http://create2009.europa.eu/http://create2009.europa.eu/ ).
Management Programme for Centres
An anger management programme that is now available to
Youthreach and Senior Traveller Training and Community Training
centres is called the Cool Anger Management (CAM)
programme and was devised by Brian Lennon, a psychologist and
guidance counsellor who works for Co Louth VEC. Brian describes
the programme as a series of activities to help teenagers deal
with strong emotions.
The programme has three main goals: 1)
to help teenagers become more aware of their anger; 2) to help them
deal more effectively with it; and 3) to provide teaching staff with
practical guidelines. The materials in the programme can
be used in a number of different ways. They can be targeted
at young people with identified anger problems, either
through group work or in one-to-one sessions, and they can also be
used in a more general way with groups as an SPHE programme dealing
with mental well-being.
approach used in this programme has the advantage of being highly
learner-centred and flexible, and it fits well with the
WebWheel model. It is recommended to any centre that
wishes to address the issue of anger (and other strong emotions) in a
VEC has a budget for staff training and you may be able to draw on
this to obtain the CAM programme. While Brian is happy to make
his programme available at a very low cost, he wants it first to be
formally introduced to staff in the centre through a
one-day training session by a facilitator that has been trained in it
by him. The list of these facilitators, along with
their contact details, can be obtained from Mary Gordon - Mary_Gordon@neps.gov.ie.
for Young Parents in Education
The new edition of
Information for Young Parents in Education is now available
thanks to a grant received from the Crisis Pregnancy Agency.
This new edition has
been expanded on the previous one and there is now a separate section
on Financial Supports for Higher Education. Other contents
include a list of Youth Cafés, Young Parents Programmes,
General Financial Supports, Back to Education / Training, Childcare
and a list of useful organisations. For pregnant students attention
is also drawn to the Home Tuition Scheme and Exams during
With the approaching
school year this publication will be useful to young parents who are
considering entering or re-entering education. The publication aims
to assist young parents to be the best providers they can be for
their families by increasing their employment possibilities.
The booklet is
available free of charge from Treoir, email@example.com,
LoCall: 1890 252 084 or 01-6700 120. It can also be downloaded from
the publications section of Treoir’s website: www.treoir.ie.
people and suicide in Ireland
to the Irish Health Poverty Index published in August 2008 by
the Institute of Public Health in Ireland, the Republic of Ireland
experienced one of the fastest rising suicide rates in the world
during the 1980s and 1990s, with the overall suicide rate doubling
during that period. The level of death by suicide here remains high,
and particularly among young people in the age range 15 – 24 years.
However, research from Australia and elsewhere suggests that the
mentoring approach used in the WebWheel model can provide the kind of
support that appears to be effective in reducing youth suicide.
See the item in Level B.
Launch of WebWheel Website
The Minister of State at the Department of Education and
Science, Mr. Séan Haughey T.D., launched the new WebWheel support website for
the Youthreach, Senior Traveller Training and Community Training Centre
programmes in Dublin on 26 November 2007.
The Minister introduced the website as a useful resource to
management and staff working in the programmes and to practitioners and
agencies that provide services to centres.
He said that it contained a wide range of materials relating to the
provision of supports for learners, including guidelines on mentoring,
advocacy, guidance, counselling, psychological services and provision for
special educational needs. The “website
is an important user friendly reference for all those working in the sector.
Although in its infancy the website contains a large amount of reference and
support material already and this will undoubtedly grow as the site develops
At the launch the Minister took the opportunity to thank all
those involved in the development of the website, especially editor Ms. Mary
Gordon, the members of the Portfolio Project who compiled the materials published
on the site, webmaster Mr. Brendan Sheehan and designer Ms Gabby Dowling.
The website has been developed in parallel with the rollout
and implementation of a new initiative to support the special educational needs
of learners in Youthreach. This is the first year in which the new initiative
has been operating in 20 Youthreach centres on a pilot basis, and the Minister
took the opportunity to highlight what “has been a wonderful achievement and I
wish to sincerely thank you for your hard work and endeavour in bringing this
ambitious new initiative to fruition”.
The Minister concluded by extending best wishes to all
those continuing their hard work in their centres and he hoped the new website
would prove beneficial to all.
For Press Release click here.
News from Centres
This section is for material provided by centres. It demonstrates some of the range of activities and interventions taking place in centres for supporting learners and increasing their well-being and resilience. It also includes examples of the work and creativity of the learners themselves. Centres are invited to send Mary Gordon material for inclusion in this section.
I live in a world of love
Tranquillity and harmony
Where every little thing is resolved peacefully
There is never crime
War or even poverty
In this world I live in I’m the happiest I could be
There are no such things as orphans
Or living on the street
It never ever rains here
Just sun shine and summer heat
There is no such thing as global warming
And the ice cap never melts
There is no such thing as heartbreak
And pain is never felt
The only thing about this world
Is it doesn’t last too long you see
Because in the morning
My world is always gone
Transforum Alley Youthreach - April 09
Pictures from centres - click on a photo to see full size
Transforum Alley awards night 2009
Transforum Alley making pizza
Transforum Alley surfing lads
Transforurm Alley making sausage rolls
Galway Youthreach - healthy eating
Galway Youthreach - mentoring session
Galway Youthreach - outdoor pursuits
Galway Youthreach - team building exercise
Galway Youthreach - team building exercise 2