Longford Comhairle na nÓg What is Comhairle na nÓg? Comhairle na nÓg are local youth councils, which give children and young people the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies. Comhairle na nÓg operates in every city and county. Comhairle na nÓg was established under Goal 1 of the National Children’s Strategy (2000), which states ‘Children will have a voice in matters which affect them and their views will be given due weight in accordance with their age and maturity’. The Local Authority is responsible for the Comhairle na nOg and is funded by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA). What does Longford Comhairle do? Organise an AGM at which Comhairle members are elected from the nine post primary schools and youth groups throughout the county. Devise a work plan for the year and identify key actions/issues members would like to address. Participate in team building exercises and undertake a variety of projects throughout the year. Prepare and attend the Dail na nÓg (the National Youth Parliament) Facebook: Longford Comhairle na nÓg
Cathaoirleach Councillor Paul Ross presents ICT equipment to Longford Comhairle na nÓg Cathaoirleach Councillor Paul Ross presents ICT equipment to Longford Comhairle na nÓg
Longford County Council secured funding under the Capital Grant for ICT Hardware Scheme rolled out by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. This scheme opened for Comhairle na nÓg via Local Authorities to support on-going delivery of Comhairle na nÓg. This funding is for ICT Hardware to support the development and implementation of a blended and in person approach, in keeping with government guidelines. This equipment will enable young people throughout County Longford to engage and participate in Longford Comhairle na nÓg, ensuring their voices are heard in matters that affect them.
Longford Comhairle na nÓg AGM 2020
This year's AGM was held on Friday 13th of November via Zoom. A large number of young people attended aged between 12 and 18 years representing their schools and clubs from all over County Longford. The topics for discussion were selected by the young people.
Please use the below link to view the 2020 AGM report.
Annual-General-Meeting-Report-2020 "Together in Harmony" song released by Longford Comhairle na nÓg
A word from the Comhairle on this project:
"In December 2019 we organised an intercultural performance event for the young people of Longford. This was a huge success for us and from it we wanted to create something that could help our community, in a creative way. We decided, through the help of Ben Blance Music Therapy, that we wanted to record a song to promote anti-bullying and togetherness. This is all performed by the young people who took part in our event in December "Together in Harmony" and the Longford Comhairle na nÓg event funded by the Longford County Council.
During the Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown we decided to release and promote it now, rather than later. These are difficult, unknown times that are producing emotions in us all and we understand that there are people that may be alone or struggling and we want to share our message of support through this song and video. This is a song about solidarity and that is what the Longford Comhairle na nÓg are encouraging" #standtall #LongfordComhairlenanÓg #ComhairlenanÓg #antibullying #solidarity #supporteachother
Performed by Longford Comhairle na nÓg and the young people of Longford
Song Written by Ben Blance Music Therapy Arranged by Paul Gurney at Real World Studios Visuals by Nathan Sheridan Media Project funded by Longford Westmeath CYPSC List of Supporting Services for Young people and Families compiled by Longford Westmeath CYPSC (end of video)