Crime prevention initiative for southside youth workers

first_imgEmail Advertisement WhatsApp Twitter Facebook YOUTH workers on Limerick’s southside were first in Ireland engage in a new crime prevention initiative which aims to educate young people about the dangers of gangs and weapon crime.Youth workers from Southill Area Centre, Roxboro Garda Youth Diversion, Southill School Completion Programme and Limerick Youth Service, were trained in the programme. Jennifer O’Brien, Southill Area Centre, brought the UK-based Streetwise programme to Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It was developed in Leeds to combat gang crime.Jennifer said that although gang culture in the UK was different to here, much was applicable and will be rolled out in the Southill area.She said: “We invited all youth workers in Southill and the surrounding areas to participate. We wanted to challenge young people’s perception of what a gang is”.The programme uses an alternative approach to educating 10 to 21-year-olds about drugs, weapons and gangs by using powerful messages from former gang members.She added: “It highlights the negative impact of getting involved in gang crime and promotes positive alternatives”.Education packages provided include, ‘Bite the Bullet’, a weapons awareness programme, ‘Dealers’, a drugs education programme and ‘Doin Time,’ which deals with the consequences of going to prison.She stressed It was important that youth workers are educated about drugs and weapons, as it helps them to recognise the culture.Streetwise gets youth workers to explore the reasons why people join gangs.Jennifer explained: “Teenagers can often be oblivious to being a part of a gang as it is seen as normal for them, and they are just hanging around with their friends”.Those trained will now use art, music and role-playing to promote positive alternatives to gangs and crime.The programme also made the community workers aware of the different recruitment methods used.It uses a youth friendly design and connects to teenagers using modern language and references to hip hop.Some of the weapons used are highlighted, including swords, knuckle dusters and pool balls in socks.center_img Previous articleLimerick’s Niall Colgan appointed to national hairdressing ‘Style Council’Next articleShop, cook and eat smart admin Linkedin Print NewsLocal NewsCrime prevention initiative for southside youth workersBy admin – April 9, 2010 518 last_img read more

Councillor concerned over Donegal Arts organisations

first_img Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter Previous articleEmergency services at scene of crash at Lough Eske turn offNext articlePresident Higgins praises Derry’s contribution to peace process News Highland Pinterest Newsx Adverts WhatsApp Google+ By News Highland – April 25, 2012 center_img WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ A Donegal Councillor says Donegal is being unfairly penalised as the Arts Council strives to cut costs.Cllr Jack Murray says funding to arts groups in the county has been cut by 19.4%, compared to a 3.2% cut in the Arts Council’s own funding. As a result, he says, a number of arts organisations in Donegal are in difficulty.13 professional arts organisations based in Donegal are funded by the Arts Council, but Cllr Murray says they’re being asked to absorb unreasonable cuts. NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook Councillor concerned over Donegal Arts organisationslast_img read more

Biden tells Merkel he wants to revitalize Germany alliance

first_imgPresident Joe Biden has told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he is looking to revitalize the transatlantic alliance with Germany, a relationship that became strained under former President Donald Trump. Biden and Merkel spoke Monday as part of a series of call from the new president, who is seeking to recalibrate U.S. relationships around the globe after four years of Trump’s more inward-looking “America First” policy. The White House said in a statement that Biden conveyed that he viewed the U.S. partnership with NATO and the European Union “as the cornerstone of our collective security and shared democratic values.”last_img read more

Ziemke’s bill expanding addiction, mental health resources could soon be law

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — After receiving unanimous support in the House and Senate, Republican state representative from Batesville Cindy Ziemke’s legislation allowing more qualified health professionals to work without burdensome oversight could soon become law.According to Ziemke, licensed social workers, mental health counselors, clinical addiction counselors and marriage and family therapists have the skills necessary to administer outpatient treatment to patients struggling with addiction or mental health. However, these health professionals in Indiana must currently have additional oversight from a doctor.“These barriers push qualified clinical social workers to look for work in other states with this law already in place,” Ziemke said. “Indiana should provide them the flexibility to administer treatment plans to those struggling with addiction or mental health issues. Our state faces a workforce shortage in the health care field, and this legislation could help attract qualified individuals to work in our communities.”Ziemke said these licensed professionals would need to possess a master’s degree to offer outpatient treatment to patients.House Enrolled Act 1175 is now eligible for action by the governor. For more information, click here.last_img read more