Youth Homelessness Working Topic 2017

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One of the most important aspects of Comhairle na nÓg is that it allows young people to select and work on topics of importance to young people. The work on these topics includes: gathering views of other young people, research, meeting with local decision-makers, developing surveys, organising meetings, making videos, producing leaflets/posters, developing online materials and other activities. This work culminates in Comhairle members seeking to make an impact or change to improve the lives of young people.

This year’s working topic as voted for by the young people at the AGM is Homelessness, with a focus on Youth Homelessness. Since the AGM Comhairle have been working on progressing their idea further. They have meet with various organisations and people who support, work with and advocate for young people who are experiencing homelessness e.g. EPIC, Focus Ireland, Simon Community, Regional Homeless Executive, Dr Geoffrey Shannon.

After many meetings, hard work and voting Comhairle have decided to focus on Children in care. They want to highlight the challenges that they face when leaving care at 18.

Comhairle want to:

  • Address the stigma that surrounds young people when in care
  • Raise awareness of young people in care
  • Be a voice for young people in care 
  • Challenge the system and advocate for change

How will Comhairle achieve change?

Comhairle members thought out and developed three different ideas around their working topic.

They will:

  • Create video sharing stories of young people currently in care and those who have gone through care.
  • Establish a needs charter for children in care. This involves highlighting the issues that young people face when they leave care at 18.
  • Host an awareness day, the awareness day will launch the charter and video. It will also highlight the work that the various agencies are engaged in.

Over the coming months Comhairle will continue to work on and implement the above. They will be supported and guided by various homeless agencies and organisation throughout.

For more information

Mary Mooney, Comhairle Co-ordinator,
Office of International Relations & Social Inclusion,
3 Palace St., Dublin 2.
Tel: 01 222 5394