What is Comhairle na nÓg?
Comhairle na nÓg are child and youth councils in the 31 local authorities of the country, which give children and young people the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies.
In light of the fact that Comhairle na nÓg is for young people under the age of 18 and who therefore have no other voting mechanism to have their voice heard, Comhairle na nÓg is designed to enable young people to have a voice on the services, policies and issues that affect them in their local area.
Westmeath County Council is responsible for the organisation and delivery of Comhairle na nÓg in County Westmeath. This process is facilitated by Youth Work Ireland Midlands on behalf of Westmeath County Council.
What they do
The ethos and core foundation of Westmeath Comhairle na nÓg centres on young people being supported and trained in identifying, prioritising and progressing topics and issues affecting young people in Westmeath.
We have carried out many initiatives and programmes in consultation with the young people of Westmeath.
- How to Guide "Road Safety Event"
- Anti Vaping Project
- Launch of the "Green Guide"
- Intergenerational Event-Recreation & Sports
- Team Building- Communications- Consultation
Initiatives and programmes implemented
- Hosted Local Climate Conversations Consultations
- Intergenerational events
- A Road safety event in 2019 and 2022 & 2023 with over 1000 young people attended both events
- Drug & alcohol workshops in partnership with MRDATF
- Creation of peer support materials DVD on peer pressures, leaflets and social media
- Representing young people on many relevant committees
- Facilitating CYPSC consultation and many more positive actions
- Hosted our AGM's 2019 (300+), 2020(180+), 2021 (300+) young people attended.
Westmeath Comhairle na nÓg
c/o Annette Barr- Jordan
Westmeath County Council
Community Enterprise Section
Tel# 0449332138 (Annette) / 090-6477075 (Edweena)
Winners of the pride of place award
Westmeath Comhairle na nÓg who won the Westmeath Pride of Place awards in 2015 and went on to represent the county in the National All-Island Pride of Place competition, where Westmeath have enjoyed great successes over the past years.
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