Harmony Community Trust Glebe House visited the club on Wednesday as part of a cross community initiative when a group of young people tried gaelic football and camogie for the first time; earlier in the summer a group from the club enjoyed a residential at Glebe House.
Kingdom/An Riocht are a delivery partner of the GoldMark Programme, which is led by Volunteer Now aimed at promoting and recognising sports volunteering for people aged 14 to 24 years old. GoldMark is a simple programme which requires young volunteers keep a Volunteer Record that is signed off by club and Ulster GAA co-ordinators. It builds on the success of Millennium Volunteers and is part supported by the Department of Education. Young sports volunteers are awarded for 50 hours, 100 hours or 200 hours of volunteering which is an award of excellence signed off by the Minister of Education. GoldMark awards can be used in job applications and for University/College applications.
KINGDOM SAFE DRIVING PROGRAMME
FROM SEP 9TH TO OCT 21ST
AT THE KINGDOM YOUTH CLUB
FREE PROGRAMME FOR ANYONE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR A PROVISIONAL LICENCE FINISH THE COURSE & GET FREE DRIVING LESSONS
Are you available at the moment?
Would you be interested in appearing in a BBC current affairs programme?
The BBC is looking for someone willing to find out what it is like to work in the local fishing industry and to share their experiences.
You would need to be free for two to five days this August.
(Please note, this is not a drama or acting position)
If you’re available and want to know more please contact the club or
Chris Hazard MLA Minister for Infrastructure (formerly Department Social Development) was at Dunavil on Friday to look at traffic calming measures on the Dunavil Road.
Wake the Giant
The artist wants to meet everyone interested in participating in the festival to work on how we plan on 'Waking the Giant’. Could it be by music or dance, or even throwing things at him? The group can get creative! The artist will help bring our ideas to life. This can be done through 2 × 4 hour sessions. The dates available are from 6pm on Fridays 5th & 12th August. This is an opportunity for everyone interested who does not usually attend the Youth Club to come along and get involved.
A group of young people from the club attended the Celebrity Chef event at the Nautilus Centre on Saturday and Aoife, John Joe, Clare, Eoin and Tiarna enjoyed the cooking.
Chris Hazard MLA Minister for Infrastructure (formerly Department Social Development) will be at Dunavil approx. 3pm on Friday to among other things look at traffic calming measures on the Dunavil Road.
At the Kingdom Men’s Shed Annual General Meeting, Tom Cunningham was returned as Chairman, Martin McConville as Treasurer and Joseph Donnan as Secretary.
In his Chairman’s Address Tom commented that since our last Annual General Meeting, we have purchased a new polytunnel with help from the DARD Rural Micro Capital Grants Programme. It is now up and functioning, witness the abundance of window boxes etc around the Club, and now we await our first crop of tomatoes.
We also got support from Newry, Mourne and Down Council for tools, ground work and for horticultural advice and advice on health and safety issues. A Southern Health & Social Care Trust Small grant helped us pay room hire and for activities, equipment, insurance, etc. We were able to get outdoor protective clothing with a grant from the Department of Social Development Volunteer Small Grants scheme and this also helped with heating and other electricity bills.
This time last year we were carrying a boiler full of water back and forward across the yard in order to make a cup of tea. This year we have our own hot water system and sink where we can wash our dishes.
We were asked to tidy up the surround at the scoreboard. This we duly did and it is now a fine accompaniment to the new scoreboard. In May Grange Primary School asked us to help with a clean-up of the school/church carpark, during this clean up a large naming stone was found partially hidden in the hedge. This was given a more prominent position and the lettering was repainted. Then in June, St Colman’s Primary School was awarded the Eco Flag for their involvement in environmental issues and again we answered the call and the flagpole was raised and now the flag flies proudly.
On Mondays Claire Convery and then Thomas McStravick helped us with some keep fit work; this has now stopped for the summer but we would hope to have them back again in the Autumn.
I would like to thank Martin McConville for his work as treasurer. That involves looking after the £1 membership collected at each meeting and overseeing the lodgement of monies / cheques from the various awarding agencies. This year Martin looked after our ‘Savings Club’, these were monies paid in towards the Christmas Dinner in the Kilmorey Arms and then towards our overnight trip to Slieve League on the Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal. We also collaborated with Terry Ruddy and Men About Town in Newry to organise a day trip and cruise on Lough Erne in County Fermanagh. This was a worthy venture and something we should try to continue. We also had Ronan McQuigan Solicitor here on ‘Making a Will’, and other speakers on First Aid and on Budgeting for Seniors.
Of course the one thing that makes life enjoyable is our health. Some of our members have had a challenging time but I hope that the Shed will offer some respite and will continue to offer us all the opportunity to socialise and keep our minds active as the years catch up on us.
Projects agreed to pursue in the coming year include installing a ramp to assist access to the Shed, a possible extension to the Shed, planting potatoes, IT equipment and workshops, more raised beds, a gardening equipment store and attendance at the Irish Men’s Shed Association Celebration Event in Belfast on Saturday 22nd October and more trips.
The Kingdom Men’s Shed supports the improvement of older people in a rural setting by strengthening connections to the local community and increasing opportunities. Kingdom Men’s Shed is a place where men can meet to socialise, learn new skills and hone old ones, share company, have a project to work on etc. It is a place to come together with other men, be yourself, engage at your own pace. It is a dedicated friendly and welcoming meeting place, new members are always welcome and can be assured that as the men have ownership of the project and decide their own programme of events that there is something of interest for everyone. Why not call out any Monday or Wednesday between 11am and 1pm.
The Summer Scheme highlights were the sea animal models created by the children at the Jumping Clay workshop; the trip to the Butterfly House in Seaforde; and the visit by Carnival Puppet & Magic Show who put on a marvellous show. Meanwhile all week a group of pre-teen boys were away on a cross community residential at Glebe House.
Kingdom Youth Club held their Annual General Meeting with Leo Sloan accepting the role of Chairperson and a Board consisting of Eric Campbell, Lorraine Connor, Aine Donnan, Joseph Donnan and Pauline McKeown appointed. The Board will meet at 8pm on the second Wednesday of each month; our board of directors needs to include a range of skills, experience and knowledge and be chosen on their suitability and willingness to promote the aims and interests of the Youth Club and anyone else who thinks they could help in any way should contact any Board member.
While we do have a fair sized group of volunteers we need to appoint a ‘Volunteer Co-ordinator’ to ensure we continue to attract and keep volunteers as we did while achieving our ‘Investor in Volunteers’ award.
The duty of KYC Board is to safeguard the interests of the members by ensuring that Governance, Premises, Finances & Leadership are fit for purpose; it is not Board members’ role to supervise activities on a nightly basis.
Kingdom Youth Club is an award winning youth project based outside Kilkeel aimed at 5 to 25 year olds, registered with and supported by the Education Authority. The main aim is to provide young people with a social, learning and community experience by offering accredited courses and learning opportunities; by promoting healthy lifestyles and positive mental health; by promoting good community relations;
by providing diversionary activities to keep young people from antisocial behaviour.
In the past year KYC members have taken part in training workshops including PIPS Safe Talk, Mental Health First Aid, Red Cross First Aid, Bounce & Bullseye Resilience, Domestic Abuse, CEDAR Foundation Disability Awareness, Basic Cooking Skills, Eating Disorders, Smoking Cessation, Alcohol and Substance misuse, dealing with addiction; and have taken part in trips to Lazer Quest, Carlingford Adventure Centre, Newry Omniplex, Bowling, Todd’s Leap, Formula Karting, We Are Vertigo, Belfast Mud Run, Glebe House & New York.
KYC is affiliated to the Education Authority Youth Service, the Confederation of Community Groups, the County Down Rural Community Network, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, Clubs for Young People and Youth Action NI.
KYC remains a partner, taking referrals from the Youth Justice Agency and Probation Service NI. KYC has also worked closely with the Community Safety Partnership in delivering diversionary and educational programmes and are pleased to announce that funding has been secured from the Assets Recovery Community Scheme to repeat our ‘No Need 4 Speed’ Safe Driving programme in the autumn which delivers free driving lessons to the participants.
KYC has a registered membership of 110 aged 4/8, 72 aged 9/13, 60 aged14/18, 33 aged 19/21, and 14 aged 22/25 making a total of 289 young people with an average nightly attendance of 50+.
The KYC year started on 1st July 2015 with Car Boot Sales and Street Collections towards the cost of Summer Camp in New York. All through July and August the Summer Scheme ran Monday to Friday with centre based activities such as visits by the National Reptile Zoo, Carnival Promotions Puppet Show, Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory and Phil’s Petting Farm to name a few and day trips to Lagan Valley Waterplex, Dundonald Ice Bowl and Indiana Land, Dublin Zoo, the Butterfly House and Slieve Gullion Adventure Park. In September KYC became a collection point for Refugee Aid. On Christmas Day KYC provided Christmas Dinners at the club for people who requested it. KYC partnered Youth Action in the delivery of a programme for young unemployed; partnered REACT with a teenage pharmacy programme; and partnered the Kingdom Men’s Shed in an intergenerational project.
Highlights of this past year were the turning-on of our Christmas Tree Lights, the return of the Saint Patricks Eve Community Concert after a lapse, and the recent Volunteer Recognition event.
Thanks are due to Newry, Mourne & Down Council for assistance towards the cost of the toilet renovations and towards the Summer Scheme; the Education Authority for staff and core costs; and the Department of Education has provided funding for the kitchen and training room development; improvements which have greatly enhanced what KYC is able to offer, but which also brings an onus on us to use these marvellous facilities to their optimum.
However, KYC needs more people taking ownership of the club and getting involved in some aspect of its running. The paid staff have a big role to play here, they are titled ‘leaders’ and must lead; recruitment goes hand in hand with a vibrant programme and follow-ups to other groups and schools must be ongoing all the time; there are those young people who know what is on offer through KYC but opt out and also still those who remain unaware of the opportunities available through KYC – both groups need to be encouraged to join the young people who do participate in our activities. The programme on offer must address our aims as laid out above and having regular meetings on a set day each week or set date each month will ensure personnel and programmes remain on track and prosper. If you think you can play a part then let us know!
On Friday of this week (22nd) at 8.30pm there is a short get-together, with hot food, for teenagers interested in designing or participating in a programme of activities over the summer, and beyond. We are particularly keen to include young people who may not regularly attend the youth club, the night will be facilitated by Jennifer, our new Outreach Worker, and Leo, our new Board Chairperson. Some upcoming opportunities include taking part in a ‘Celebrity Chef Demonstration’ as part of the GI Jive Festival and also participation in the ‘Wake the Giant Festival’, based around the rich heritage of myths and legends of Carlingford Lough. Wake the Giant is set to have street based activities and entertainment, parades, and a celebration of local foods, arts and crafts. Later still there is a safe driving project ideal for this age group.
There are questionnaires available from the office, if they could be completed before the meeting it would help, thanks.
The Annual General Meeting of Kingdom Youth Club will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6th July.
Anyone aged 14+, that is available on Thursday (30th) evening can you please come along to the club as we are interested in your ideas regarding future programmes, projects and training.
Monday 18 July
11am Men’s Shed; 11am Meeting O’Boyle Training; 11am KYC Summer Scheme visit by Jumping Clay; 7.30pm Senior Football practice; 7.30pm Senior Camogie An Riocht v Darragh Cross; 9pm Lotto Jackpot £4,600
Tuesday 19 July
11am KYC Summer Scheme visit to the Butterfly House; 7pm U14 Camogie An Riocht v Shamrocks; No U12 Football today.
Wednesday 20 July
11am Men’s Shed Annual General Meeting, everyone welcome; 11am KYC Summer Scheme Popcorn Cinema Party; 6pm Ladies keep-fit; 6.30pm U14 Football practice; 6.15pm U6/U8 Camogie; 7.15pm U10/U12 Camogie; 7.30pm Senior Camogie An Riocht v Derrylaughan; 7.30pm Senior Football practice.
Thursday 21 July
10am Car Boot Sale; 11am KYC Summer Scheme visit by Carnival Puppet & Magic Show; 8pm Basketball.
Friday 22 July
11am KYC Summer Scheme Arts & Crafts Day; 6.15pm P5/P6 Football practice; 7pm Senior and Minor Camogie practices; 7.30pm Senior Football An Riocht v Annaclone; 8.30pm Senior Member Activities (aged 13+).
Saturday 23 July
No P1 to P4 Football today
Sunday 24 July
10am Breakfast at Dunavil; 2pm Reserve Football Longstone v An Riocht; 8pm Bingo at Dunavil.
Monday 25 July
11am Men’s Shed; 11am KYC Summer Scheme Basketball Camp and Tops Activities; 7pm Senior Camogie Ballycran v An Riocht; 7.30pm Senior Football practice; 9pm Lotto
Tuesday 26 July
11am KYC Summer Scheme Basketball Camp and visit to Cocos; 7pm U12 Football practice; 7pm U16 Camogie An Riocht v Kilclief; 7.30pm U18 Football Drumgath v An Riocht.
Jennifer has drawn up a short questionnaire for young people to complete telling us what you like or dislike about the club and what activities you want the club to provide; forms are available from the office.
There was a big turnout for the summer scheme registration; anyone who did not make it on Thursday can pick up summer scheme registration forms from the office, a form must be completed for each young person before they can participate in the summer scheme.
Thanks to everyone who participated in, supported or helped with the 24 Hour Charity Spinathon, Coffee Morning, or Country Music Jamboree. It was a great CLUB weekend with so many different strands of club life coming together in a good cause.
The Kingdom Youth Club Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 6 July at 7.30pm and everyone aged 13+ is invited to attend. The purpose is to elect a KYC Board whose duty will be to safeguard the interests of the members by ensuring that Governance, Premises, Finances & Leadership are fit for purpose; it is not Board members’ role to supervise activities on a nightly basis. The Board meets once a month, a role on the Board may suit an older person or parent who wants to help but does not want to be involved on a daily basis with face to face youth work.
Last chance for training before the Summer Scheme, if interested let us know asap.
TOPS Activity Training Thursday 16 June
TOPS sports sessions use the contents of the TOPS sports bag to show how to run fun and easy sports and activity sessions. This is a fun practical workshop full of ideas for games, sports and activities. The course is very hands-on so you'll need to be ready to take part in a variety of games, activities & sports. The course covers games that can be played by a wide range of age levels and are suitable for small groups or big groups.
Introduction to Volunteering for Summer Schemes 29th & 30th June and 1st July
This programme enables young people to be recruited and trained as volunteers and placed with youth workers to assist with Summer Schemes. This is an excellent opportunity for young people wishing to enhance their employability skills, gain valuable work experience and receive a recognised award.
This course will cover the following broad topic areas: introduction to youth work; roles of volunteers; why volunteer; guidelines for safe working; activities to use with young people; placement opportunities.
Minor Games Wednesday 29 June
To gain hands on experience of various games for young people.
If interested in any of these or just want to know more contact the club asap, we are here to help.
An Riocht GAA/ Kingdom YC will hold a joint Volunteer Recognition event at Dunavil as part of Volunteer Week celebrations on Thursday 16th June at 7.30pm. Our organisations could not operate without volunteers, you are the local heroes who help us provide vital services to this community, your dedication and hard work deserves to be recognised in this way. Please come along & encourage other volunteers to attend.