Dundalk youth organisations seek support of community

AN organisation which is setting up a new youth club to enable local teenagers to socialise free from the dangers of alcohol is calling on the people of Dundalk to get involved.

AN organisation which is setting up a new youth club to enable local teenagers to socialise free from the dangers of alcohol is calling on the people of Dundalk to get involved.

According to the National Voluntary Youth Organisation, the formation of a No Name club in Dundalk is now at an advanced stage with important roles on its adult committee filled.

No Name Clubs are run by and for young people aged 15 years and older who come together in a safe and lively environment where there's fun, friendship and enjoyment without the pressure of alcohol or other drugs.

Local man and former No Name Club host, Niall Bailey, was appointed Chairman of the new Dundalk club and another local, Christina King, was appointed Secretary at a public meeting in the town on Monday, January 10.

Hosts and hostesses are teenage members of No Name Clubs who work with adult committees to deliver the services that are offered to teenagers by No Name Clubs in communities across Ireland.

"Hosts and hostesses are supported in developing their leadership and confidence skills during their membership of the No Name Club," said a No Name Club spokesperson.

"Great progress has been made in the establishment of the club and we are still appealing to local people who are interested in getting involved with it to get in touch or attend its next scheduled meeting, at which all are welcome."

The next No Name Club meeting is due to take place on Wednesday, January 19 at Dowdallshill Gaelic Football Club at 8pm. Induction training will be provided at the meeting by Joan Troy, No Name Club Training Officer.

Anthony McCormack, No Name Club Development Manager will also be attending the meeting. Anyone with any queries should contact Anthony on 087-2865073.

Meanwhile, The Apple Tree Foundation has just opened a new youth cafe called 'Roots Cafe' in Roden House, Roden Place, Dundalk.

The cafe has a piano, pool table, projector screen for movies and wifi access. The cafe is open to young people aged between 12 and 18-years-old, and is open on Thursday and Friday from 4-6pm. For more information send an email to admin@appletreefoundation.ie. Telephone: 042-9329532 or 085-1112560.