Ossory Youth is offering support and training to people interested in setting up a youth club in their community.
The organisation currently support 22 youth clubs and groups throughout Kilkenny city and county which provide a safe social outlet for young people. Ossory Youth works with volunteers in ensuring they have the skills and confidence to run a group.
“We deliver training, programme planning for the year and support with setting up a committee and getting the club up and running.
“It’s simple and straightforward and benefits young people and volunteers in the area; increasing community spirit and providing a space and activities for teenagers in your area,” said youth worker, Eilis Walkett.
Last year Robertshill set up their own youth club with the support of Ossory Youth and is thriving with 35 members.
Chairman of the Robertshill Youth Group, Mick Dowling said he had made contact with Ossory Youth and arranged a meeting to build up a picture of the community.
“I asked residents if they would be interested in the idea and got a very positive feedback. It was agreed that Robertshill needed a youth club to provide the opportunities and environments where young people can grow, experience and learn, which would be mainly targeted at the six to 13 year old age group,” he said.
“We have no centre in Robertshill and we thought that might be the end of the whole idea but Ossory youth were extremely helpful and offered us full use of Desart Hall on Thursday evenings.
The group now has 35 members and 13 leaders and two junior leaders. There is currently a waiting list to join.
For more information call Ossory Youth on (056) 7761200