SOCIAL & DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAMMES
A key element of the Connect Programme is our developmental programmes. These programmes are delivered throughout the year and include Crime Awareness, Positive Mental Health, Sexual Health, Consent and Relationships, Safe Driving and Drug & Alcohol Awareness. Prior to Halloween we also deliver a 2 week programme on ‘Halloween Safety’ which encourages positive choices and behaviours during this challenging time of the year.
As part of the Connect programme, the participants have the opportunity to visit cultural and educational sites across Dublin. The programme was devised to help create a sense of community while introducing new experience to young people in their local area. Some of the trips include Collins Barracks, Museums and local attractions.
The team building programme takes place weekly and includes on site and off site activities such as gym, pitch & putt, pool hall, cinema, card playing, board games and pool competitions. This programme helps the young people to get to know each other and hang out together in an informal way. As most of the young people referred to the connect programme do not know each or wouldn’t regularly ‘hang out’ together outside of candle this is vital for group cohesion.
This programme supports the development of team building skills, social interaction and confidence within small groups within the community. These benefits are seen through the improved attendance and positive spirits of the young people.
The Connect programme offers a variety of trips throughout the year. Some of the trips include centres in the Dublin area such as ‘The Clockwork Door’, ‘Skillszone’, ‘Airsoft’, Kart City, Astro Park – Bubble Football and ‘Go Quest’. Activities are also held within the centre including quizzes, team building games and Sports Day.
The outings help to build new friendships and develop a greater level of cohesion among the young people in the centre.