It may be summer, but the usual activities are run by Clare Youth Service in Shannon.
“We have decided to continue our programs throughout the summer because attendance is still quite high. Usually when people leave and do different things, you see a drop, but because young people are still in the programs, we decided to keep them going and add a few more,” said youth worker Thomas Oh. Hara.
Young people about to start secondary school are catered for, he said. “We are starting our transition program this week, our transition program to grade one with groups of young people moving from sixth grade to first grade. It’s Wednesday afternoon and it’s all based on discussions about what they can expect in first year. We’re going to run different communication games and drills and stuff like that, a little bit of teamwork and introduce them to the programs that we already have here in youth service.
Later on Wednesday, his bike program, in which young people learn the skills needed to improve older bikes, will be organized. “Wednesday nights we have our bike project, we will continue and hopefully get a few more youngsters interested as we get a few older bikes to work on.”
Thursday also has two activities. “Thursday we usually have our music project, which is a collaboration between Clare Youth Service and Music Generation Clare. Throughout the summer, young people will meet and form groups.
“As a continuation of the transition program, we will have a kind of first year support group on Thursday evenings, bringing in young people from sixth grade and doing one activity per week. For example, this week we are making homemade pizzas in a wood-fired pizza oven with the group. It’s from 6 to 8 p.m. on a Thursday.
A creativity-based program takes place on Fridays. “We do a thing called Makerspace. We had a group that kind of got past that, so we’re going to be offering other young people the opportunity to do some initiation sessions on Fridays at our warehouse in Smithstown. Everything is based on STEAM, science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, it uses motors and bric-a-brac and mixes it with craftsmanship, to come up with designs and projects and stuff like that. It takes a lot of critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and team building skills to create these projects. We also do welding projects and things like that too. People are free to join on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. in our warehouse.
On Friday afternoon, Youth Service Afternoon will be held from approximately 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Rineanna View Family Resource Center.
Saturday mornings give young people a chance to work on their creative projects in the Youth Service space in Smithstown. “We’ll be looking to bring people in on Saturday afternoons if they’re in the Makerspace tinkering with their projects, or if they’re on the bike project, they can come and work on that.
Later, there will be a creative drop in space, where people can practice music, but Thomas says people can also come and socialize. “People are also free to come and chat and hang out.”
Further information on any of the activities is available from Thomas on 085 8019666.