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Western Regional Conference

Around 140 teenagers from the West and North West will gather in Castlebar on Saturday, October 2nd, for a No Name Club regional conference that will focus on key issues that affect the national youth organisation’s teenage members and their peers.

The No Name Club has organised the regional conference to engage with its members through a series of workshops that will focus on issues that include alcohol awareness, drug awareness, mental health, road safety and healthy eating (featuring a live cookery demonstration). The event will take place at the Welcome Inn Hotel, Castlebar, and run from 10.30am to 7pm.
Representatives from the HSE, Road Safety Authority, Western Drugs Taskforce and An Garda Síochána will engage with the teenagers and I102-104FM DJ Fergal Darcy will provide the entertainment at a disco to finish off the day’s activities.

Con Nolan, No Name Club Chief Executive Officer says: “The aim of this conference is to engage and interact with young people on issues directly related to them and provide them with knowledge and information that will allow them lead better lives and promote positive lifestyle options among their peers. Having spent the day looking at the issues, the disco will provide them with an entertaining end to an informative day. This is an era in which young people are faced with a considerable number of challenges and the No Name Club is keen to engage with its members and inform them of the issues that lie before them.”

Around 140 teenagers and 50 adults are expected to attend the conference and among those participating will be Noel Brett, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority. He will launch an exciting new initiative between the No Name Club and the RSA at the event.

No Name Clubs are run by and for young people aged 15 years + to provide them with activities and events that are delivered in safe and lively settings without the pressure of alcohol or other drugs. They are well established in the West and North West, with 13 in Mayo, five in Galway, two in Donegal, one in Roscommon and one in Sligo. Each club within the region is being invited to send eight representatives – two adults and six teenagers (hosts or hostesses who run the clubs at local level for their peers). The disco, which begins at 5pm, is open to all club members in the West and North West.

The conference itinerary is contained in the link below.