The May Newsletter Week Ending 25/5/2018

The May Newsletter Week Ending 25/5/2018

Oh what a beautiful morning! Oh what a beautiful day! Well it certainly is here in Larne this morning – it is very tempting to relocate outside to beneath that soaring beech tree near the library but not just yet, maybe after our weekly news zips off across the internet…
Outside activities have also been very much the order of the week as we have enjoyed the great weather – plenty of free play at Dixon Park for all our projects with After Schools almost relocating outside with outdoor art, outdoor den building etc. There was also a “Floss Off” one afternoon (nothing to do with teeth let me assure you) as some of our young people demonstrated a new dance move (The Floss) to the group, enticed others to have a go and then had a dance off producing some very slick moves and applause. Great fun and good to see young ones initiating activities.
Not to be outdone Youth club have had All Club Rounders each night this week – plenty of competitive spirit and teamwork in evidence as well as some learning in how to lose magnanimously. The football season may be over, but is it really ever over? Certainly not here where this week a group of enthusiastic young people benefitted from a testing training session delivered by coach Robert. This morning Dean will be back to primary school, Cairncastle PS, as he delivers the first of six sessions of a Transitions Programme to P7 pupils who will be transferring to post primary schools in the autumn. The programme is a good mixture of fun, information and practical tasks with input from those who have already made the transition in previous years.
Jamie McWilliams, one of our Junior Leaders, has organised a Boys’ Sleepover for this weekend – a chance for boys to chill together, undertake some challenges, test their hands at cooking etc. – great to see young people like Jamie taking the initiative and making things happen. Today he has been making out rota sheets, rounding up assistance, organising supplies and working through a risk assessment for the event – great learning and experience for him and those helping him.
In other bits and pieces…
The YMCA’s Peace 4 Project, M-Power, is up and running across various locations engaging young people in Good Relations & Personal Development programmes; this week the Project Partnership Board met to hear of the progress to date, the challenges encountered and plans for the coming months – encouraging stuff with many individuals noting the positive impact the programme has had on their lives.
Thanks to Louise at NICVA for delivering a very informative training session on Recruitment & Selection – a great chance to update our knowledge and practice in this field.
Next, CONGRATULATIONS to Francis Loughlin who has been appointed to the position of EA Area Youth Officer for the massive area of Mid & East Antrim Antrim & Newtownabbey council areas – we send Francis our best wishes as he takes on this bigger role in the Youth Service and look forward to continuing to work with him to benefit of young people across this region.
GDPR 2018 kicks in today and this week our senior staff were working on what needs updated, amended, put in place to ensure compliance with the regulations; thanks to YMCA Ireland for their guidance papers which are a great help.
Thinking of GDPR 2018,  if you really want to have this epistle continue to hit your in-box please let us know by replying “Yes” – thank you to those who have already responded, we appreciate it.
As ever, we hope you have a great weekend and hopefully have a chance to chill in the wonderful outdoors.