Volunteers sought for Fermoy Community Youth Project
Having moved into spacious new premises beside the Boxing Club at Fitzgerald Place and spent the whole summer refurbishing, CDYS Fermoy Community Youth Project have found that more young people are accessing their services. To this end, they are calling for anyone who may be interested in volunteering some time to come and help out.
They now offer a dedicated youth cafe room for young people to chill out, play pool, chat and have a cuppa. They also have a dedicated music room for young people to practice music, perform and sing. There is also a community drugs project where one-to-one support is available for young people who may be experiencing difficulties with drugs and alcohol.
Anyone with a skill or talent who feels they'd like to share that talent with young people, and also learn about working with them in a safe and supportive environment with a qualified youth worker, is asked to contact them. Another suggestion is for people to get involved in their local community and help supervise a youth drop-in. They are also putting together a fundraising and promotion team to help them fundraise for the project and also help raise the profile of the service.
CDYS provide training and support for all volunteers. They currently run a weekly drop-in every Tuesday from 3.30-6.20pm, Wednesday from 5-7pm and a music group every Thursday from 5.30-7.30pm. The music group is facilitated by an experienced music tutor who works with young people to develop their instrumental skills, improve vocal performance and read music etc. They're also planning to start up a camera group in the coming months. They regularly run workshops based on the needs of young people. The summer months involved a film-making workshop, an art and mural workshop and a music group.
All the groups arose out of consultation with young people. The aim is to have more group activities in the coming months which is why they need new volunteers to help them expand and cope with their growing numbers.
They are having an official launch on Thursday, November 21st from 6-8pm. They are inviting all of the Femoy community to attend, giving people a chance to see their new premises. There'll be music from their music group on the night and Noel O’Connor, Mayor of Cork County and a Fermoy native himself, will officially open the premises.
For more about volunteering, contact Martina on 086-8031200. To contact community drugs worker Siobhan Mackay call 086-6096874.
Thursday 17th October 7:26pm