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Ballyfermot Youth Service Ltd - Don't Judge Others Cause You haven't A Clue
Start date: Jan 1, 2013,

When we decided to have the project, the venue for the exchange was one of the first considerations, once we had agreed a theme with our partners. When deciding on the venue we took into consideration access, safety and welcoming for such a large group. Would we as a project be able to take ownership of the venue, with our own areas exclusively to the project. Would we have access to all the facilities exclusively to our groups when required for workshops and other activities, the staff are young people friendly and of course the costing of such a large event with so many young people on the go. The answer to these questions was yes as we have used these facilities before. The Venue we chose for the project is Killary in Co. Galway. The Theme for the project is "Don't Judge Others Cause You haven't A Clue" dealing with Mental Health. The methods which will be used are workshops on the causes, signs and symptoms, stigma, myths and misunderstandings and facts all relating to Mental Health. There will also be presentations on all partners’ countries responses to Mental Health, like Ireland Policy Documents, Mental Health and Youth Mental Health, with group discussions afterwards.There will also be team building games and sporting activities to promote team work and interaction with each other. The interaction is a big aspect for the theme in question, as the young people will have to rely on each another.Each organisation will present a cultural evening.The programme will be conducted in a non formal setting which will allow for the young people to engage openly with each other and through discussions, team building and sporting activities, allowing their strengths to come through, at different times.There will be forty two young people participating in the project and nine leaders. The young people will be mixed into four groups, containing members from each country in all groups with a gender balance. The partners for the project are Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia and the host Ireland. The object of the exchange is to draw from the experience of the participants and to plant seeds through information and advice. The young people through their active participation learning from experience and reflection on experience are better aware of mental health issues if they were to arise in the future for themselves or others.
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