Comhairle na nÓg AGM
Waterford Comhairle na nÓg held their AGM on Friday, 18th October at Dooley’s Hotel in Waterford City, with over 100 young people from various schools and youth organisations attending from all across the county. They spoke passionately about topics that affect them and other young people in the community, such as Mental Health, LGBTQI+ Issues and Climate Change. After they discussed these topics, the young people voted and decided that Comhairle na nÓg should focus on ‘Climate Change’ during 2020 – the young people will create a Project that will explore and address some of the issues surrounding how this topic impacts on young people in Waterford.
Comhairle na nÓg are local youth councils for children and young people, aged 12-17, that give them a voice on the development of local policies and services. They are recognised key national structures for participation by children and young people in local decision making in all 31 local authorities of the country. Comhairle na nÓg provides a forum for young people to identify and work on issues of importance to them, before working with key local decision-makers, in a bid to achieve their desired outcome, impact or change.
The Waterford Comhairle is made up of 35 young people from Youth Groups and Schools across the entire city and county, with 10 spaces reserved for young people from ‘seldom heard’ communities.
Waterford Comhairle is operated by Waterford and South Tipperary Community Youth Service (WSTCYS) on behalf of Waterford City and County Council. You can find out more about Waterford Comhairle na nÓg on Facebook – ‘Waterford Comhairle na nÓg’ – or about WSTCYS on www.wstcys.ie