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East South Conference Approaches

The countdown is well and truly underway to the No Name Club Eastern and Southern Region 2011 Conference. Issues surrounding drugs and alcohol, substance misuse, bullying, mental awareness and road safety will be discussed at the event in The Garda College, Templemore on Saturday February 19th.

Over 200 No Name Club host and hostesses from clubs in Carlow, Clare, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Meath, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow are expected to attend the event. It follows on from the very successful West and North West confernce that was held last October. Addressing the young people at the Tipperary gathering will be Mr Noel Brett, Chief Executive Officer of the Road Safety Authority, and Dr Brendan Byrne  teacher, guidance counsellor, researcher and author. Representatives from the Health Service Executive and An Garda Síochána will facilitate workshops on drug and alcohol awareness, substance misuse, unsocial behaviour and mental awareness. Lunch will be provided and evening entertainment will also be staged for all clubs.

Mr Brett will speak with the young people on the issue of road safety and young people. Speaking ahead of his presentation, he says: ” In 2010, 212 people died on our roads; that is 212 funerals that simply did not need to happen; 212 devastated families and communities. Every death is preventable and we need the help and energy of young people to assist in preventing further deaths and devastating injuries on our roads.”

Dr Brendan Byrne has been involved in education since 1973 and has worked as a teacher, home/school co-ordinator, principal, guidance counsellor and is an accredited psychotherapist. Throughout his career he has taken a particular interest in the subject of bullying behaviour and is the author of three books on the subject. Speaking ahead of his presentation, he says: “My talk will focus on the fact that we all have a responsibility to confront bullying. Difference of any type -race, religion, appearance, personality, background or interests – does not make it acceptable to bully a person. We are all different -thats what makes us special.”

Con Nolan, No Name Club CEO says: “This will be a health conference that will engage with the young people and listen to them to hear their thoughts on important health issues that many of them encounter within their communities and indeed their lives. When people are in their teenage years health related issues are often overlooked, but these are issues that are of critical importance to young people and we, as an organisation, are keen to work with our members to provide them with the support and confidence to address them as they move into adulthood.”

The conference timetable is below and we look forward to meeting with all the travelling clubs.

Eastern and South Eastern Conference 2011 Itinerary