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Welcome to Mountmellick Development Association

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Our Young People

Supporting our young people with activities & events.

Fun Club

The focus of this club is on fun. Two sessions are allocated each Friday evening for 2 hours per session. All young people get a light snack at group. We provide a safe environment for children to cook, arts and crafts and play activities with peers; thus increasing their self confidence and levels of physical activity.


Supporting Home and Primary Education Strategies

Small group work to enhance a wide personal,emotional and social development to increase self confidence and self esteem and manage challenging behaviour. The children are grouped according to age and ability with programmes designed to meet the interests and needs of each group which helps the young people to explore and learn social and life skills. Activities included arts projects, games and a lot of work each year goes into the preparation of the Christmas Concert. Each group is provided with a healthy meal at the beginning of each session where all children and staff have quailty time around the dining table. Children learn to listen and respond, and for some speak for the first time in front of a group. It also allows the staff time to learn more about the children. The behaviour of the children is monitored very carefully during the group work activitys.


Young People Counselling

Available to children who are experiencing difficulties as a result of a bereavement/parental separation.


Home Work Club\Play

Participants attending are from 2nd class to 6th class.Children are entering class room with homework complete, provides them with an equal opportunity in the classroom creates very safe atmosphere during club time which allows individual time to intermix with peers and adult role models. Excellent communication and co-operation between staff and teaching staff allowing for feedback on a child’s ability to complete homework successfully.

Our very dedicated team of Volunteer Homework Helpers are the back bone of the Homework Club. There they assist the children with the classwork and act as positive role models Currently we have 20 volunteers from the community who work on a rota basis for an hour once a week with the children in the Homework Club.

Participants from 2nd class to 6th class. We provide a safe environment for children to play activities with peers, thus increasing self confidence and levels of physical activity. The provision of time in our after-school activity allows for parents to seek education/training/employment or time with other siblings.


Earlybird

13 boys & 13 girls from senior infants to sixth class Attendance during the year recorded by staff and award/trips take into account attendance and participation. The young people who achive 80% attendance celebrated with a breakfast in a local restaurant.


Summer Links Projects

During July and August the MYDC offer a variety of camps to reward the children who attend clubs throughout the year. The staff also work with local resident association to provide camps in the community.


Positive Pathways

The MDA/MYDC in response to this issue of suicide in the community has developed a supportive health educational pilot programme to develop resilience factors amongst young people affected by a bereavement or suicide. Using best community development principles, this programme will use a collaborative approach with all stakeholders including young people, families, relevant agencies etc.

The project objectives are to:

  • Improve the mental and physical health of the participants.

  • Improve the coping skills of the young people affected by suicide/bereavement.

  • Encourage participants to value and implement practices that promote personal growth and well-being.

  • Promote a balanced family life and values for families affected by suicide.

  • Develop a strong collaborative voice of young people to articulate their concerns.

  • Involve significant adults including family members of participants in the knowledge being obtained by the young people.

  • Promote and develop links with significant adults including family members of participants and offer relevant support including access to counselling, information to services etc. to increase their awareness and knowledge of additional supports available to them.

  • As a result of the young people participating in this programme they will acquire the skills set to cope with life stressors and reduce the risk of further bereavement by suicide.

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Opening Times:

Open: All Year.

Mon-Fri: 9.15am – 5.00pm.

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Contact:

If you have any queries please contact Audrey or Niamhie

Email:mydc@mdaltd.ie


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