July 01

Matt Talbot Services launch New Day Programme

Posted by: Editor | Thursday, July, 01, 2010 | Share / Save this article

A new training & activity programme was launched in Summer 2010 in conjunction with Probation Service & FAS. This is a highly structured day programme for young males aged between 16 and 18 who are involved in the Juvenile Justice System.  The focus is on reducing offending behaviour through appropriate interventions and linkages into services.  This aftercare service is currently delivered by full and part-time staff; Don Whelton, Mary O’Regan, Hilda Baker, Mandy Graham, and Paul Kingston and a number of part-time VEC tutors.

The programme provides a wide range of FETAC Level 4 education and training such as computers, communication skills, woodcraft and biology.  The boys also have the option of sitting for their leaving cert here.  The young people develop their individual education plans which meet their needs and goals for the future.  In addition, there is an emphasis on the benefits of sports on well being and the centre contains a gym, this aspect is guided by two part-time sports coaches who work with the boys.  The emotional needs of the young people are met with counselling sessions.

The boys attended an Interagency Tournament in Limerick with Ceim ar Ceim on the 14th October 2010 where they competed with teams from all over the country and reached the semi finals.  Now, along with their soccer coach, they are looking to organise a tournament themselves.

The young people also visited the Maritime College in Ringaskiddy Co Cork on 19th November 2010.  They were shown various rescue techniques as well as fire fighting.  They were also given a talk on life in the Navy and the benefits that it could bring.  During the New Year the centre will open its door to a Masters student in Guidance Counselling from University College Cork’s Department of Applied Psychology.

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