Youth Homelessness Focus of Dublin City Comhairle’s Showcase Event

Deputy Lord Mayor Áine Clancy representing Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha will officially launch Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg’s showcase event on Youth Homelessness at Smock Alley Theatre, Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, today, Wednesday, 20th September at 2.30pm.

Dublin City Comhairle Na nÓg chose ‘Youth Homelessness’ as their working topic for 2017. As part of their programme of work, they have created a video and a Charter of Care to address the stigma that surrounds young people in care, raise awareness about the issues that young people face when leaving the care system at 18 and advocate for change. The showcase event in Smock Alley will be used to officially launch the video titled ‘Aftercare’ and the Charter of Care. A number of organisations that work with young people will also take part in the event including Focus Ireland, Irish Youth Music Awards, Jigsaw, Belong To and Epic.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Deputy Lord Mayor Aine Clancy said “I commend Dublin City Comhairle for taking on the issue of Youth Homelessness for their working topic this year, the young people have worked extremely hard on developing up the topic and it is great to see their ideas around it.”

Owen Keegan Chief Executive of Dublin City Council said “I would like to congratulate the members of Dublin City Comhairle on highlighting the important issue of young people in care. Over the last year the Comhairle have worked on and developed a video and a Charter of Care. The video highlights the struggles that a young person currently faces when leaving care upon turning 18 and the aftercare Charter points out the key supports that the Comhairle feel should in place both before and after a young person leaves care.“

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Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg

Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg has 63 elected members between the ages of 11 and 18. Elected members come from each of the five administrative areas in Dublin city. Members are elected at the Comhairle AGM, which takes place in October and elected members hold a two year term, with the option of running for a third year. Elected members then meet monthly to work on their chosen topic.

Comhairle na nÓg are youth councils in the 31 local authorities in Ireland. Comhairle provides young people with an opportunity to participate in influencing local and national policy, planning and decision-making as well as being a mechanism for consultation.

Comhairle na nÓg comes from Goal 1 of the National Children’s Strategy (2000) which identified that children and 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.