National Recreation Week to highlight local recreation options for young people

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National Recreation Week 2011 will be held between Friday 28th October and Thursday 3rd November. National Recreation Week is a programme of events organised for or by young people to show the range of activities available and the positive contribution made by young people in our country. It is an initiative of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and is supported by Dublin City Council.

The aims of this event will be:

  • To raise the importance of recreation for young people
  • To highlight the variety of local recreation facilities and opportunities for young people
  • To create a positive attitude towards young people

Dublin City Council is organising over 40 activities across Dublin City during Recreation Week. These activities include Halloween activities such as discos and haunted treasure hunts, sports sessions including tag rugby and ultimate frisbee, music events including a showcase of hip hop dancing and the first meeting of the new Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg.

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Notes to the Editor

Comhairle na nÓg comes from Goal  1 of the National Children’s Strategy (2000) which identified that children & young people should have a voice in matters that affect them, they should be consulted where appropriate and have a right to have their say.

Comhairle na nÓg are local authority ‘youth councils’ intended to give children and young people (aged between 12 and 18) the right to have their voices heard  by being involved in the development of local services and policies.
Comhairle na nÓg are a consultative forum.

Comhairle na nÓg are a vehicle through which members can select topic/issues of interest, work on them and bring to decision makers for change.

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