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The ‘Trash Fashion Show’ was designed to capitalise on new skills learned by boys in girls in two courses – Fashion Design, and Sound & Lighting. Both boys and girls took part.

Documentary film club director and community development co-ordinator Paul Kernan with Martin McElhinney.

an action research project funded by Combat Poverty on behalf of the nine Donegal CDPs. It has also convened a research and development group to develop an arts and crafts centre in Falcarragh (Ionad Ceardaíochta).

Training & Supporting Volunteers

With so many pots on the boil, the project needs to attract large numbers of volunteers. Pobail Le Chéile CDP has recognised this, and has made special efforts to ensure that these active citizens get the training and support they need. So far the project has 35 registered volunteers, and 14 new volunteers, which include parents and older youths. According to Kernan: “People said that the volunteers weren’t out there, but people will come if they are given times, and if they know they’re part of a team. The secret is good support.” Support comes from Donegal Youth Service who despatch a youth worker one day each month. People are Garda-vetted and do ‘Keeping Safe Training’. As further support and incentive to volunteers, the CDP has designed two new training courses in community and personal development, delivered by experienced tutor Helen McHugh. ‘Confidence to Question’ is a FETAC certified six-week course (two hours per week), dealing with communication, confidence and self-esteem. “Confidence to Act” is delivered over ten-weeks (two hours per week) and deals with becoming a more effective member of your own community. changing ireland

Running the Yard THE Yard in Falcarragh is designed as an alcohol-free, drop-in youth and arts centre. The centre is going to serve as a lunch-time and after-school venue and a centre for drama, music, sports and recreation, planned by and involving young people in its work. It will house a youth project worker with Tionscnamh Óige an Phobal (TOP), an alcohol-related harm reduction worker (funded by the Dormant Accounts Fund) and

local volunteers, trained and supported by the CDP staff. The steering group will be made up of youth work volunteers, CDP reps and young people from the community school, the TOP project, the youth club, and from the YouthReach centre in nearby Gortahork. For more info on the Youth Arts Alliance (as Gaeilge - Comhaontas Ealaíne na hÓige – CEO) contact Paul Kernan. E: T: 07491-80111.

Changing attitudes to alcohol

‘CHANGE For The Better’ (CFB) is a community-based alcohol education initiative targeting rural communities of Dunfanaghy and Cloughaneely. These are dispersed areas lacking in viable alcohol-free activities and venues. The aim is to reduce alcohol-related harm. Pobail le Chéile CDP, working with Dunfanaghy Family Resource Centre, won funding from Dormant Accounts to develop the programme over a two-year period. Change For the Better focuses on three aspects: - developing an alcohol free venue for the youth population (12-25); - educating local groups to discuss issues relating to alcohol - offering training in Responsible Serving of Alcohol to workers in the hospitality sector The project produced a workbook on Alcohol Awareness to aid teachers in delivering this SPHE module to 2nd and 3rd year classes. Its 6 lesson units explore attitudes


Press Gang: In this journalism project, the teenagers pictured above (receiving their certificates) linked up with the Gort a’Choirce Documentary Film Festival and produced a newsletter for the festival.

to alcohol, effects of alcohol on the body and harm reduction strategies that students can employ, and includes printable worksheets and additional information for teachers. It also provides a list of local support agencies and services for those affected by alcohol abuse. The module is being piloted by teachers and pupils of SPHE in Pobail Scoil Chloicheannfhaola, Falcarragh. brazil is world’s biggest exporter of coffee



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