Young people of Laois came together recently for the Comhairle AGM where they discussed the Comhairle’s successful projects from the past year, as well as laying out their projects for the year ahead.
Young people from all over the county attended with students from Mountmellick Community School, Mountrath Community School, St Fergal’s Rathdowney, Youthreach, Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise College, and the CBS present on the day.
Incoming chairperson for the year is Isabel Lawlor from Mountmellick Community School. She was unable to attend the day but was represented by incoming vice chair Joy Turley.
Joy said that young people are taking more of an interest in Comhairle issues than ever before.
“Comhairle has been very successful so far. The subject today is iMind which is definitely topical. I’m really looking forward to the year ahead. I love the Comhairle and would do anything for it. I can’t wait to get working on our projects”.
The project for this year is the iMind project which will promote awareness of mental health among young people throughout the county.
A calendar will also be made and a billboard in the town will be utilised to showcase the Comahirle members’ work to the rest of the county. The group have also set up a Facebook page.
They are currently running a competition to get people involved in the calendar - people can upload their favourite photos and inspirational quotes to the Portlaoise Youth Cafe Facebook page, and the best ones will win prizes including a tablet, as well as being included on the calendar.
As well as this project the large crowd who attended discussed bullying and how the youth can work on the issue, as well as the generation gap - how young people relate to older people.
To find out more or to join the Comhairle and help with their projects, people can visit them or the Portlaoise Youth Cafe on Facebook.