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

Limerick Councils issues statement on flooding

first_imgIreland’s First Ever Virtual Bat Walk to take place in Limerick Twitter Print O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Residents in the Richmond Park area of Limerick were the latest victims of flooding when the Canal behind their homes burst its banks. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22Limerick City and County Council has today expressed its disappointment with comments made by Waterways Ireland in respect of the serious flooding which occurred in Corbally on Saturday night.“Limerick City and County Council wishes to point out that Waterways Ireland is the authority solely responsible for the management and maintenance of the Park Canal. “The Council responded to reports on Saturday evening that the canal was full and over-topping. Attempts were made by the Council Engineer on site to open the gates with the keys that were left with the Authority.  The gates failed to respond and contact was immediately made with Waterways Ireland.  As Waterways Ireland were not immediately available attempts were made by Council Engineers and the Fire Service to open the canal gates.  The Council deployed an excavator to prise the canal gates open, an action that subsequently resulted in a lowering of water levels and the gradual alleviation of flooding in the area.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Limerick City and County Council is scheduled to meet with Waterways Ireland during Tuesday. To avoid any future repeat incidents, the Council will be requesting that Waterways Ireland immediately review its management and operation of the Park Canal and also publicly outline its plans so as to reassure residents and businesses in the area affected by flooding.” Linkedin WhatsApp TAGSCorballyfloodingLimerick City and County CouncilPark CanalWaterways Irelandweather Advertisement NewsBreaking newsCommunityLimerick Councils issues statement on floodingBy Guest Writer – December 15, 2015 746 center_img Previous articleThe Truth – ‘3 Miles from Baghdad’Next articleNo change to flow of Parteen Weir today Guest Writer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience Call to extend Patrickswell public sewer line Email Limerick city centre gets a deep cleanlast_img read more