KYC Notes - 18th July 2016

On Friday of this week (22nd) at 8.30pm there is a short get-together, with hot food, for teenagers interested in designing or participating in a programme of activities over the summer, and beyond. We are particularly keen to include young people who may not regularly attend the youth club, the night will be facilitated by Jennifer, our new Outreach Worker, and Leo, our new Board Chairperson. Some upcoming opportunities include taking part in a ‘Celebrity Chef Demonstration’ as part of the GI Jive Festival and also participation in the ‘Wake the Giant Festival’, based around the rich heritage of myths and legends of Carlingford Lough. Wake the Giant is set to have street based activities and entertainment, parades, and a celebration of local foods, arts and crafts. Later still there is a safe driving project ideal for this age group.

 

There are questionnaires available from the office, if they could be completed before the meeting it would help, thanks.

 

 

 

The first Summer Scheme trip was to the Fairy Kingdom at Slieve Gullion Adventure Park while the visit of the National Reptile Zoo from Kilkenny drew a bumper attendance to Dunavil.

 

The U12 boys are on a week-long residential at Glebe House from Monday and the U12 girls go to Carlingford Adventure Centre at the end of the month.

 

Kingdom Youth Club held their Annual General Meeting with Leo Sloan accepting the role of Chairperson and a Board consisting of Eric Campbell, Lorraine Connor, Aine Donnan, Joseph Donnan and Pauline McKeown appointed. The Board will meet at 8pm on the second Wednesday of each month; our board of directors needs to include a range of skills, experience and knowledge and be chosen on their suitability and willingness to promote the aims and interests of the Youth Club and anyone else who thinks they could help in any way should contact any Board member.

While we do have a fair sized group of volunteers we need to appoint a ‘Volunteer Co-ordinator’ to ensure we continue to attract and keep volunteers as we did while achieving our ‘Investor in Volunteers’ award.

The duty of KYC Board is to safeguard the interests of the members by ensuring that Governance, Premises, Finances & Leadership are fit for purpose; it is not Board members’ role to supervise activities on a nightly basis.

Kingdom Youth Club is an award winning youth project based outside Kilkeel aimed at 5 to 25 year olds, registered with and supported by the Education Authority. The main aim is to provide young people with a social, learning and community experience by offering accredited courses and learning opportunities; by promoting healthy lifestyles and positive mental health; by promoting good community relations;                           

by providing diversionary activities to keep young people from antisocial behaviour.

In the past year KYC members have taken part in training workshops including PIPS Safe Talk, Mental Health First Aid, Red Cross First Aid, Bounce & Bullseye Resilience, Domestic Abuse, CEDAR Foundation Disability Awareness, Basic Cooking Skills, Eating Disorders, Smoking Cessation, Alcohol and Substance misuse, dealing with addiction; and have taken part in trips to Lazer Quest, Carlingford Adventure Centre, Newry Omniplex, Bowling, Todd’s Leap, Formula Karting, We Are Vertigo, Belfast Mud Run, Glebe House & New York.                                      

KYC is affiliated to the Education Authority Youth Service, the Confederation of Community Groups, the County Down Rural Community Network, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, Clubs for Young People and Youth Action NI.

KYC remains a partner, taking referrals from the Youth Justice Agency and Probation Service NI. KYC has also worked closely with the Community Safety Partnership in delivering diversionary and educational programmes and are pleased to announce that funding has been secured from the Assets Recovery Community Scheme to repeat our ‘No Need 4 Speed’ Safe Driving programme in the autumn which delivers free driving lessons to the participants.

KYC has a registered membership of 110 aged 4/8, 72 aged 9/13, 60 aged14/18, 33 aged 19/21, and 14 aged 22/25 making a total of 289 young people with an average nightly attendance of 50+.

The KYC year started on 1st July 2015 with Car Boot Sales and Street Collections towards the cost of Summer Camp in New York. All through July and August the Summer Scheme ran Monday to Friday with centre based activities such as visits by the National Reptile Zoo, Carnival Promotions Puppet Show, Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory and Phil’s Petting Farm to name a few and day trips to Lagan Valley Waterplex, Dundonald Ice Bowl and Indiana Land, Dublin Zoo, the Butterfly House and Slieve Gullion Adventure Park. In September KYC became a collection point for Refugee Aid. On Christmas Day KYC provided Christmas Dinners at the club for people who requested it. KYC partnered Youth Action in the delivery of a programme for young unemployed; partnered REACT with a teenage pharmacy programme; and partnered the Kingdom Men’s Shed in an intergenerational project. 

Highlights of this past year were the turning-on of our Christmas Tree Lights, the return of the Saint Patricks Eve Community Concert after a lapse, and the recent Volunteer Recognition event.

Thanks are due to Newry, Mourne & Down Council for assistance towards the cost of the toilet renovations and towards the Summer Scheme; the Education Authority for staff and core costs; and the Department of Education has provided funding for the kitchen and training room development; improvements which have greatly enhanced what KYC is able to offer, but which also brings an onus on us to use these marvellous facilities to their optimum.

However, KYC needs more people taking ownership of the club and getting involved in some aspect of its running. The paid staff have a big role to play here, they are titled ‘leaders’ and must lead; recruitment goes hand in hand with a vibrant programme and follow-ups to other groups and schools must be ongoing all the time; there are those young people who know what is on offer through KYC but opt out and also still those who remain unaware of the opportunities available through KYC – both groups need to be encouraged to join the young people who do participate in our activities. The programme on offer must address our aims as laid out above and having regular meetings on a set day each week or set date each month will ensure personnel and programmes remain on track and prosper. If you think you can play a part then let us know!

An Riocht / Kingdom Youth Club Notes - 11 JULY 2016

There will be no Tuesday morning Ladies Keep-fit until September, however the 6pm Wednesday slot continues.

 

An Riocht Down Draw June winners £50 each James J Cunningham & Patricia Clarke

 

There was a big turnout for the summer scheme registration; anyone who did not make it can pick up summer scheme registration forms from the office, a form must be completed for each young person before they can participate in the summer scheme.

 

Jennifer has drawn up a short questionnaire for young people to complete telling us what you like or dislike about the club and what activities you want the club to provide; forms are available from the office.

 

The U12 boys are off on a residential to Glebe House on Monday 18th July and the U12 girls go to Carlingford Adventure Centre at the end of the month.

 

Kingdom Men’s Shed Annual General Meeting 11am on Wednesday 20 July

 

@ The Shed 10 Dunavil Road Kilkeel, All welcome to attend.

 

An Riocht / KYC Notes - 20th JUNE

The Club is holding a 24 Hour Spinathon at Dunavilin aid of PIPS and Southern Area Hospice and club development from 11pm on Friday 1st July to 11pm on Saturday 2nd July, a lot of the one hour slots are taken but we want to fully complete them which would raise a minimum of £5,000 so please give an hour, call in to the club and put your name up on the big board, all abilities welcome, it’s a bit of fun in aid of a good cause. There will be a coffee morning, bouncy castles, carnival side shows and a rodeo bull on the Saturday with the evening finishing with a Country Music Jamboree.

 


 

The Final Community Pharmacy event took place on Wednesday past and all the participants commented on how useful the programme was over the past months; thanks to everyone who facilitated or participated.


 

Kingdom YC/An Riocht GAA Volunteer Recognition event took place last Thursday when Fr Hennity presented ‘Thank You’ Volunteer Pins to the volunteers present. Any club volunteer who was unable to make it on Thursday can collect their pin from the office. Our organisations could not operate without volunteers, they are the local heroes who help us provide vital services to this community, their dedication and hard work deserves to be recognised in this way.


 

An Riocht Down Draw May Winners £50 each to Thomas McAleenan and Paul & Marie Sloan

 

Please note that now our Saturday morning tournaments are over that P3/P4 Football reverts back to 12pm to 1pm on Saturdays; P5/P6 Football continues on Fridays at 6.15pm.


The Annual General Meeting of Kingdom Youth Club will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6th July.

An Riocht / kingdom Youth Club Notes - 27 June 2016

Well done to Joanna Sloan who played for Down Camogs in Croke Park on Saturday.

 

The Annual General Meeting of Kingdom Youth Club will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6th July.

 

Anyone aged 14+, that is available on Thursday (30th) evening can you please come along to the club as we are interested in your ideas regarding future programmes, projects and training.

 

 There has been a good early response to the Camogie U12 & U16 tournament invitations with 13 Clubs entering including Down sides Liatroim, Clonduff, Atticall, Portaferry, Bredagh and Ballygalget, joined by Cullyhanna and Killeavy from Armagh, Derry pair Greenlough and O’Donovan Rossa Magherafelt, Tyrone’s Edendork and Antrim’s O’Donovan Rossa Belfast; entries are still being accepted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An Riocht Club News W/B 14 JUNE 2016

Grange PS were beaten in the Cumann Na mBunscol Final on Saturday, hard luck.

 

Last chance for training before the Summer Scheme, if interested let us know asap.

TOPS Activity Training Thursday 16 June

TOPS sports sessions use the contents of the TOPS sports bag to show how to run fun and easy sports and activity sessions. This is a fun practical workshop full of ideas for games, sports and activities. The course is very hands-on so you'll need to be ready to take part in a variety of games, activities & sports. The course covers games that can be played by a wide range of age levels and are suitable for small groups or big groups.

Introduction to Volunteering for Summer Schemes 29th & 30th June and 1st July

This programme enables young people to be recruited and trained as volunteers and placed with youth workers to assist with Summer Schemes. This is an excellent opportunity for young people wishing to enhance their employability skills, gain valuable work experience and receive a recognised award.

This course will cover the following broad topic areas: introduction to youth work; roles of volunteers; why volunteer; guidelines for safe working; activities to use with young people; placement opportunities.

Minor Games Wednesday 29 June

To gain hands on experience of various games for young people.

If interested in any of these or just want to know more contact the club asap, we are here to help.

 

In the U14 Footballers Raffle the prizes went to Orla Flanagan, Barry McCartan and Fidelma Mackey. Thanks to everyone who supported the draw.

 

 

The Club is holding a 24 Hour Spinathon at Dunavilin aid of PIPS and Southern Area Hospice and club development from 11pm on Friday 1st July to 11pm on Saturday 2nd July, a lot of the one hour slots are taken but we want to fully complete them which would raise a minimum of £5,000 so please give an hour, call in to the club and put your name up on the big board, all abilities welcome, it’s a bit of fun in aid of a good cause. There will be a coffee morning, bouncy castles, carnival side shows and a rodeo bull on the Saturday with the evening finishing with a Country Music Jamboree.


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Upcoming Activities

Monday 13 November

11am Men’s Shed; 6.30pm P6 Gaelic; 6.30pm Secondary School Drop-in; 7pm Girls Club First Year plus; 7.30pm U12 (born 06/07) Gaelic; 7.30pm Irish Language Beginners Class; 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 14 November

6pmIrish Dancing;7pm Primary School aged Drop-in and FIFA tournament; 7.15pm Bootcamp; 7.30pm U12 Football Presentation; 8.15pm Basketball

Wednesday 15 November

11am Men’s Shed; 6pm Ladies Circuits; 6.45pm U14 Gaelic (born 04/05); 7pm Kingdom Walkers; 7pm All Together Now Disability Inclusion programme for aged 12+; 8pm Cards – 45 @ Dunavil

Thursday 16 November

6pm Irish Dancing; 6.30pm to 8.30pm Activities for aged 4 to 8 boys and girls; 7pm to 9pm Girls Club for aged 8 to 12 years; 7pm to 9pm Bridging the Divide Inclusion programme; 7pm Yoga

Friday 17 November

11am Men’s Shed; 5.30pm P5 Gaelic; 7pm Kids Movie Night; 7pm to 9pm Boys Club for aged 9 to 12 years; 7.30pm Deceased Members Mass at Dunavil

Saturday 18 November

8am Kingdom Walkers; 11am P1/P2 Gaelic; 12pm P3/P4 Gaelic; An Riocht Dinner Dance in Canal Court Hotel.

Sunday 19 November

10am Breakfast at Dunavil; 2pm Birthday Party; 8pm Bingo

Monday 20 November

11am Men’s Shed; 6.15pm P6 Gaelic; 6.30pm Secondary School Drop-in; 7pm Girls Club First Year plus; 7.30pm U12 (born 06/07) Gaelic; 7.30pm Irish Language Beginners Class; 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 21 November

 

6pmIrish Dancing;7pm Primary School aged Drop-in and FIFA tournament; 7.15pm Bootcamp; 7.30pm Camogie Annual General Meeting, all players aged 15+, parents of younger players, coaches, other volunteers and supporters should attend; 8.15pm Basketball