More than 100 teenagers descended on the Longford Arms Hotel last Thursday, November 6 for the Longford Comhairle na nÓg AGM.
Explaining the work of the youth council, Longford Comhairle na nÓg Coordinator Avril Gilchriest said, “They meet every week and develop on issues identified by the collective group at the AGM and then that determines their work for the year.”
Youths from all the schools and youth groups in the area were invited to the AGM, which included interesting and topical workshops and talks.
Workshops this year looked into improving the community, the rights of the child, positive mental health (facilitated by Sinead Hardiman from GROW), cyber bullying and life choices.
There was a range of excellent speakers at this year’s event, with both Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council, Cllr Mark Casey and Cllr Mae Sexton addressing the youths. Pippa Woolnough of the Barnardos Advocacy Team also spoke on the day and facilitated the children’s rights workshops, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The work of the council was also celebrated at the AGM, with the launch of their website Longford411, which was created in response to continuous negative remarks about the county.
The council also unveiled their promotional video, which was a huge success.
On the day of the AGM the young people in attendanceget the opportunity to run for election to the council. This year, the council welcomed 16 brand new members.
The first meeting of the new council took place yesterday, Tuesday, and the group are already hard at work, discussing their upcoming projects and generating ideas.
“They were developing ideas brought up at the AGM and getting ready for the National Showcase Event at the end of the month,” Avril added.