Youths offering to do local clean-ups

A GROUP of young people in Kilkenny City are offering their time and energy to do a litter-pick or clean-up to a local community group, club, residents association or charity of their area.

A GROUP of young people in Kilkenny City are offering their time and energy to do a litter-pick or clean-up to a local community group, club, residents association or charity of their area.

The young people are members of Youthink, a new youth social club in Kilkenny facilitated by Ossory Youth. The group was established in February and meets every Saturday in Desart Hall Youth Centre. The members broadly want to have a positive role to play in the life of the city and environs.

“Our group has run several events this summer dealing with youth mental health. Like your mental health, our area can become run down if we don’t tend to it regularly. Our group wants to make a positive impact on local people’s lives so we are offering our services this way,” said group member Louise McKenna.

This is the third event that Youthink have conducted this summer as part of their “Mind your Mind” project, which focuses on tackling youth mental health issues. The first, ‘Isolation 24/7’, involved 40 young people and took place on July 24 in Ossory Youth’s premises Desart Hall Youth Centre. The second was a live music gig on the Parade on August 11. These two events raised approximately 1,650 euro for Headstrong, the national youth mental health charity.

“Young people are often seen as part of the problem when it comes to littering - this group wants to show that we can also be part of the solution,” said Mick Greene, a voluntary worker with Youthink/Ossory Youth.

For any interested groups, the Youthink members are inviting brief written submissions to pbookle@ossoryyouth.com. The group will review all submissions and will make their selection on September 24.

The projects proposed should not require any specialist cleaning equipment or the removal of hazardous waste. It also needs to be achievable by a group of 20-30 young volunteers over a two- to four-hour period. The winning group will be notified thereafter and the clean-up itself will be completed in early October.

Anyone wanting to volunteer on the day can contact Patrick Bookle at Ossory Youth at 056 7761200, pbookle@ossoryyouth.com or through the Youthink Facebook profile.