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Donegal Youth Council brings ‘SPARKS’ to Gweedore tomorrow

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THE Donegal Youth Council take their ‘SPARKS’ Mental Health roadshow to Gweedore tomorrow (Thursday) as they host the third of five events in the county.

The Gweedore leg of the ‘SPARKS’ roadshow, which will take place in Ionad Naomh Padraig, is part of an exciting new initiative in Donegal, developed by young people for young people.

The roadshow, which kicked off in Letterkenny on World Mental Health day before moving on to Stranorlar, will also visit Buncrana and Donegal Town in the coming weeks.

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Tomorrow’s event will be attended by more than 200 students and staff from Rosses CS, Glenties Comprehensive, PCC Falcarragh, Pobalscoil Gaoth Dobhair,Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arranmore Island, Ghairmscoil Chú Uladh, Ballinamore, and Youthreach Gortahork.

The Donegal Youth Council is a group of 36 young people aged between 12-18 years, who identify issues and promote projects to improve the lives of young people in the county.

Youth Councillors have been responsible for the development of the roadshow events, which have been developed following extensive research and consultation with their peers.

The roadshow offers information and advice on how to manage stress in your life and other difficult situations and how to be more aware of what supports you have around you and how you can be a support to others.

The event will have input from a range of organisations, including Jigsaw, Donegal Youth Service, HSE Health Promotion, Foroige and Mental Health Ireland, with other guest speakers from the wider community who have each conquered their own personal challenges in life, such as Mount Everest conqueror Jason Black.

The Youth Council is funded by the Donegal County Council, HSE Health Promotion and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, and is co-ordinated at local level by the Donegal Youth Service.

The SPARKS roadshow will visit Buncrana (The Plaza) on November 21, and Donegal Town (Abbey Hotel ) on November 28.

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For more information, you can contact Donegal Youth Council Co-ordinator Marty Keeney on 087-6806676 or email youthcouncil@donegalyouthservice.ie

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