Youth Homelessness Working Topic 2017

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One of the most important aspects of Comhairle is that young people lead it and they select and the working topic for the coming year. They select a topic that is of importance to themselves and their peers. Working and developing these topics includes the following: 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.

The 2017 working topic as voted for by the young people at the AGM was Homelessness, with a focus on Youth Homelessness. Since the AGM Comhairle members have worked on progressing their idea further. They meet with various organisations and people who support, work with and advocate for young people who are experiencing homelessness e.g. EPIC,TUSLA, Focus Ireland, Simon Community, Regional Homeless Executive and Dr Geoffrey Shannon. After many meetings, hard work and voting Comhairle decided to focus on Children in care. The members wanted to highlight the challenges that young people face when leaving the care system at 18.

They wanted 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

The outcomes of their wok Comhairle created a video entitled “We all need support” you can view it via the link below

They also developed an After Care Charter to further highlight the supports that young people need upon leaving care at 18.

In September they hosted an awareness day to celebrate the work that we had achieved over the year and to formally launch our charter and video. The showcase was formally launched by Deputy Lord Councillor Aine Clancy and we had music provided by musician Kenan Flannery former winner of the Irish Music Awards.

     

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
Email: mary.mooney@dublincity.ie

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