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Conference a great success

The No Name Club Eastern and Southern Region Conference 2011 was a great success and thanks to all who travelled to the event.

Issues surrounding drug and alcohol awareness, substance misuse, road safety, bullying and antisocial behaviour were discussed at the event on Saturday February 19th at The Garda College, Templemore. Representatives from the Health Service Executive, An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority engaged with the teenage members of No Name Clubs at the event.

The Health Service Executive and An Garda Síochána facilitated workshops on drug and alcohol awareness, substance misuse, unsocial behaviour and mental awareness. Matters surrounding the issues were discussed at the workshops.

Mr Noel Brett, Chief Executive Officer the Road Safety Authority spoke to the young people and urged them to think about their behaviour when using the roads. He referred to the high number of fatalities on Irish roads among people under 25 years of age,* describing the devastation each death causes and the impact it has on family and the wider community.

Dr Brendan Byrne, teacher, guidance counsellor, researcher and author of three books on the subject of bullying, spoke on the need for bullying to be confronted, saying silence allowed people to suffer.

Teenagers and their adult leaders travelled from clubs in Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kerry, Kilkenny, Meath and Waterford.

Speaking after the event, Con Nolan, No Name Club Chief Executive Officer said: “What this conference facilitated was the engagement of young people with health-related service providers. Through a series of workshops, representatives of the Health Service Executive and An Garda Síochána sat down with teenagers and spoke to them about health and safety related issues that are of pertinence to them: the abuse of drugs and alcohol, substance misuse and antisocial behaviour. It afforded the stakeholders the opportunity to speak with the teenagers about these matters and, perhaps more importantly, the teenagers a chance to give their thoughts and opinions on issues affecting their health and wellbeing.

“Dr Byrne and Mr Brett spoke to the young people about two issues that are, unfortunately, causing devastation among young people and their families, friends and neighbours in communities throughout Ireland. As an organisation, we believe it is crucial to engage with teenagers on health-related issues and advise, support and listen to them.”

Pictures from the event can now be viewed on the gallery page and also below.

*In 2009, 40% of deaths on Irish roads were people aged under 25 (source, Road Safety Authority).

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