First Cut Youth Film Initiative
The First Cut Film Project continues to grow from strength to strength. 170 young people from throughout the SECAD area of operation took part in the workshops, the Summer School and the Festival in 2010. The First Cut Youth Film Project introduces young people to the craft of fi lmmaking and enables them to express their creativity through the medium of film. It also aims to build the confi dence and skills of the participants and gives them the opportunity to express their thoughts, opinions and ideas.
East Cork Youth Network
SECAD continues to be a member of the East Cork Youth Network which is a grouping which provides space for groups involved in Youth Work in the East Cork area to develop ideas and cross community actions. Initiatives have included Youth Leadership training for young people who may be participating in youth councils in their own community or in the East Cork area and organising events such as sporting events with groups travelling to one central area, this provides a means of working to promote positive mental health in young people in the area.
Midleton Youth Mental Health Project
In Midleton as far back as 2008, a LDSIP supported study ‘Where do you go when you go out?’ identifi ed the need for a space in the town for young people to meet, socialise and develop their ideas. In recent years a steering group has been established which is currently seeking to develop a suitable facility and management structure – this group is comprised of community members, local youth groups, schools, HSE, Midleton Town Council, Garda Siochana and SECAD. Using funds from HSE in combination with funds from LCDP in 2010 and 2011, the Midleton Youth Mental Health Project steering group is supporting the Happy Days programme which is implemented by Cloyne Dioscesan Youth Services. This programme includes activities to respond to young people under the headings of emotional, mental, social, physical and spiritual well being. Over 200 young people are involved weekly in Happy Days activities which include Counselling, singing, dance and drama groups, Strengthening Families, sports programmes, bike group, graffi ti and Rainbows and Youth Leadership training, in addition to one off events such as Youth Factor, St Patrick’s Day parade, referrals to and from probation, local community Garda, HSE and CAMHS.