Its a familiar cry – “There’s nothing for young people to do in this town”. Sometimes you have to look hard to find things to do, sometimes less so. In the case of Newtownmountkennedy, local young people set out to find out what was available and to tell everyone about it. YouthSpin helped out.
Newtown has a Local Education Committee which works closely with parents, the wider parish, the school and the community generally. After discussion with parents and some young people about the difficulties in finding fun things to do, they set about producing a directory listing local and nearby service.
Some young people did the research, finding out what was there, when it was on, and how people found out about it. Once the information was gathered YouthSpin helped put it together as a directory. The local primary school held an art competition to generate some colour to divide the section, and a photo of the mural in the youth centre was used as a cover.
The directory was eventually divided into 3 sections Services for Children and Young People in Newtownmountkennedy, Services for Children and Young people near Newtownmountkennedy, and Other Services (to provide for older residents of the town).
We launched to directory last week, with local councillor Daire Nolan, himself a young person in his early 20’s, doing the honours.
We like the finished product and hope you and others will find it useful. Please feel free to spread the word about the directory. Hard copies are available through different outlets in Newtown, and will be available to download from the school website.
YouthSpin has also made it available for download below.
Click here to download the Newtown Directoryl