Working Topic 2018

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The 2018 working topic for Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg as voted for by the young people who attended the AGM in Croke Park is “Youth Mental Health & Well Being”.  Since our AGM in October we have been working on progressing our topic further.

As a group we explored what Mental Health and Well Being means to us and how we can make a difference. In February we meet with and chatted to staff from the following organisations Jigsaw Dublin, First Fortnight, Walk in My Shoes, and St. Patrick's Mental Health Services. These services have been of great help to us and meeting with them helped guide us on looking at what we could do.

At our March meeting we voted on the actions that we would take in relation to our topic. After all votes were placed and counted the most popular actions were... an event and social media campaign. We want to start a conversation and address the stigma around Mental Health, we also want to show the positive side to mental health as it’s not all negative. “You can’t have a rainbow without rain”

Our next steps involve working with Feena a designer for our campaign and planning our event for September. Keep an eye on our page for more updates.

What else have we been up to?

•    We went on our annual overnight team building trip to Carlingford Adventure Centre on the 28th March. It was great fun, we got to try different activities including zip wiring and laser tag.
•    Dublin City Libraries have been meeting with us as part of their plan on how libraries will be managed over the next five years.
•    Cruinniú, a creative festival for children in local communities across the country, took place on Saturday 23rd June. It was supported by Local Authorities and funded by Creative Ireland. Hub na nÓg consulted with us to ask our opinions on what type of activities we wanted to see happen on the day. We also took part in the activities that were held in The Lab as part of the day.  
•    This year we hope to work with Niamh Ni Cholmain, Biodiversity Facilitator in Dublin City Council.  One of our ideas is to plant a tree in a park in Dublin to highlight our working topic.
Young Dublin Assembly Event:
•    We partnered up with the Arts Office in Dublin City Council for their first Young Dublin Assembly event which took place on Friday 15th June. The event celebrated the achievements of Dublin City Council within the frame of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (in particular, Article 31), the right of the child to rest leisure, play, recreational activities, cultural life and arts. We were delighted to attend and present at the event.
•    As part of our involvement, we attended various workshops with Liz from the Arts Office and Nathan O’Donnell, we looked at creativity and the City. We explored what manifesto for the City might look like with a focus on Article 31. We also spoke and meet with the Chief Executive of Dublin City Council and Senior Management from the Arts, Libraries and Planning.  You can see how we got on in the video below.

What are the Rights of the Child?
This Children's rights short film will explain a lot. It was produced in 2015 by the four Dublin based Comhairlí na nÓg, Dublin city, Fingal, South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire.