The Junction Youth and Community Centre is running a variety of programmes for young people from 14 to 18 years from September.
Jean Tierney, project manager at the Junction on the Cloughleigh Road, explained, “The programmes offer young people a safe space to meet new friends and develop skills.
“From Monday to Sunday, we are offering a range of creative programmes to young people from all areas.”
Money Banks is just one of the programmes on offer. This gives young people the opportunity to develop a grants scheme for local voluntary groups. During the project, young people will have the opportunity to develop and learn skills in team work, negotiation, decision making and communication. The group meets every Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm, for young people 14 to 18years
A 10-week programme titled ‘Building Resilience Group Work’ introduces techniques for young people to build resilience and increase their positive wellbeing giving young people a greater understanding of mental health and wellbeing, managing emotions, feelings and coping techniques.
This group meets every Thursday evening from 4.30pm 6.30pm.
The Lifeskills programme will see young people learn how to cook easy and tasty dishes and to make their own jewellery.
This is a four-week programme running in October. A Run For Run programme starts in September, aiming to get young people involved in road running and improving general fitness and health. The Junction will also host an art group where youngsters will be able to use their creative skills.
On Friday evenings, the Web Design Group will meet, helping young people learn to set up and design their own web pages.
In addition to all of these programmes the centre is also open to young people 14 – 18 years every Tuesday and Friday from 4-6pm and every Sunday from 3pm to 6pm, offering a safe space for young people to meet their friends, access information, avail of support, free Wi-Fi and play pool and Foosball available during these times.
Spaces are limited in programmes, young people interested in participating in any of the activities should contact Jean Tierney on 086 1568650; Aoife Guilfoyle on 086 0484938 or drop into The Junction Cloughleigh Road, Ennis.
The group is also available on Facebook: TheJunction, Ennis. As with all Clare Youth Service programmes, the centre and activities are drug and alcohol free.