The Western Education and Library Board’s (WELB) Youth Service recently hosted an exciting and innovative Participation Conference in the Station Centre Omagh for young people aged between 14-18 years.
Young people participated in interactive workshops as well as “Lazer Tag” which was provided by Full Swing Entertainment.
Chris Nicol, Strabane Area Youth Worker, said: “It is important for young people to explore the ideas of participation, and the different ways we can contribute within our communities, and get involved in decision making.”
He continued: “The conference proved to be successful, and it encouraged young people to feel positive about their role within their communities, towns, and society in general, and showed how they can make a positive impact.”
Corey McGillian, a young participant at the conference said: “Young people have a lot to offer and have the potential to change our communities for the better. We should be more involved.”
Jason Barr added: “I’m glad I was able to take part in something worthwhile over the mid-term break, and I also learned a lot more about participation. I can now bring what I’ve learned back to my youth club.”
Young people were involved from the planning stage of the conference, right through to the evaluation of the event. Special thanks go to Omagh Youth club and Carrickmore senior members committees, Omagh and Strabane Youth Councils and Strabane Neighbourhood Renewal Area (NRA) Youth Forum.
For more information on events and other programmes contact;
WELB Headquarters – 028 8241 1400
Strabane Youth Office – 028 7138 2096
Omagh Youth Centre – 028 8225 0708
Carrickmore Youth Club – 028 8076 1310
Omagh Boys and Girls Club – 028 8224 3772