Our Senior Youth Group (SYS) is a chance for young people to come together in a safe environment. They will learn various life skills as cooking and baking healthy meals and focusing on the importance of physical activity for mental health. It’s a chance for young people to socialise with friends and those outside their schools. Over the year we will be completing different workshops and programmes run by Aoife Lee for 4 weeks where we will cover modules such as better learning to manage your emotions and reacting to situations. Empowerment and self belief. Managing your inner critical voice and building self compassion.
OYG Creative Clubs takes places on Wednesdays and are designed for participants to enjoy all things creative. We offer a wide variety of creative activities on rotation each week including: Drama, Arts, Crafts, Lego, and Music. Our groups are facilitated by experienced staff and volunteers as we aim to create a fun and safe environment for participates to be creative. We also aim to create pathways for participants to explore their create interest beyond our weekly group.
OYG Sports Clubs takes places on Tuesdays and offer participants the chance to engage in a variety of sport on rotation each week including: Basketball, rugby, GAA and Football. Participants will get an opportunity to take part in sport specific workshop each week facilitated by experienced coaches including Community Sport Development Officers. Our aim is to provide a safe and fun environment for participant to try out as many sports as possible and to create pathways for participant to join local sport club in any/all the sports they take part in.
The aim of our Music Club is to introduce music into the lives of the young people in our community. Our aim is to help children to express themselves and build their self confidence in an enjoyable musical environment. Although the focus of classes is on learning music we also want participants to meet new friends, develop a positive peer group and to have fun.
The SYS groups took in a few activities recently including a walk around Bray beach and up to Bray Head, a trip to Jump Zone in Sandyford and having a competition cooking up lasanga and baking cookies.
This week, the young people and volunteers in our senior youth services were taking part in our Plank Challenge to see who would be able to do the longest plank. We had a lot of young people take part and do an amazing job at this! Doing a plank is a lot more difficult than it looks! Our winners for this did 5 and 3-minute planks each!
This Saturday is our last day for Violin music classes. They have been practising different pieces to celebrate their last day with a small group concert.
This week, we are starting a little project with our younger youth groups to stay connected. Postcards have been connecting people across the world since the late 19th century and once again they are a fab little way to say hello to our loved ones. We are going to be sending two cards from us; one with a little message from our leaders and a blank one the children can design and write on and pop it back in the post box. Any cards returned to us will be going up on our Grenville Street windows to see next time the children pass our side entrance! Very excited to get some cool art and messages from the children!
The weekly quizzes and general hang out with the older teenagers have been as fun and enjoyable as they usually are in the centre. It’s amazing to see the young people’s resilience and perseverance in such difficult times. This week, we are going to be starting a photo competition called ‘Moments of Joy’. It’s so important to take a moment in our days to notice all the beautiful and joyful things in small moments from getting an ice cream for a friend or taking a beautiful sunset in. Everyone is welcome to join the competition and send us beautiful photos.
Our Violin classes are flying along with their fantastic online lessons. They started learning new blues pieces and created a virtual Blues Café, where they share their music. However, they have also started imagining and working on some decorations, menus and layouts for an actual Blues Café, for when we go back to Ozanam House. We hope to invite our parents and friends to come along for some jam sessions in the Café! Below are two pieces from our beginner’s class!
This Saturday we are going to be celebrating the bank holiday weekend by dressing up for the classes and doing a mini home music festival! Hope everyone dusts their flower crowns down in time!
We have been working with the young people and volunteers through our online platforms on Instagram and Zoom. This varies day by day from giving them up to date current information on what is happening while promoting their continued adherence to physical distancing. In the last few weeks, we have done quizzes, arts and baking projects with the young people. We have also been building our online relationships with the youth group members and adjusting to the new way of communicating through social media. Checking in on them every few days and having a catch-up. Currently, we are doing Friday hangout sessions with young people and volunteers from our senior services once a week.
For the younger children, we have been sending activity packs and activity project ideas to the parents to do with children. Our violin classes have adapted greatly to working through Zoom and have learned new skills they would have not otherwise. Parents are becoming involved in helping children tune their violins and go through their notes, providing learning and bonding for both.
For the next two weeks, we will be continuing the work we have been doing so far. Sending another batch of activity packs to younger children, our violin classes are looking at ways of possibly doing an online Zoom concert or possibly putting a video together of everyone playing their pieces, this is something that will take a bit of work from all parties. One of our volunteers is going to be doing an art project for Instagram as well as inviting our Instagram followers to do a photography project with us, something that could easily be done while out for a walk. Hopefully, our Zoom hangout will grow and we will be looking at different online games and projects we could do during the call.
We have had news of a Santa’s Sleigh sighting over Mountjoy Square! Even the little elves have appeared out of nowhere! Be aware of the special one with an extra creepy laugh! Here at Ozanam House, Santa’s elves have been hard at … Continue reading →