Young Women’s Group Reunite
25/11/2014A number of women have recently reunited to celebrate and reflect on their involvement 11 years ago with the Southern Trust’s Young Person’s Partnership (YPP). The girls then aged 14 years plus, completed a ten week programme, aimed at increasing their confidence, making friends and having fun with peers in a similar situation to them.
The group later participated in a Peer Education Programme, which they developed in conjunction with the Young Person’s Partnership and the University of Ulster. Peer education approaches value the views and experiences of young people, making them the experts and recognising that they can positively influence and support each other. Several of the girls went on to train as mentors and some of them were inspired to pursue a career in youth work, child care and social work.
The girls maintained contact with Imelda Fearon, Senior Social Work Practitioner with the Young People’s Partnership and they expressed their desire to organise a reunion.
Imelda Fearon said: “It is fair to say that I have met many lovely young women through this service and always consider it my pleasure. It became clear that when we were able to get the young people on board 11 years later that they really enjoyed the experience and were grateful for the opportunity given to them back then.
“At the reunion we enjoyed looking at all the old photographs and memories which triggered much discussion of the time, intervening years and life today. All the young women made a contribution on the night and most significantly it confirmed he real value of that 10 week group programme all those years ago in making a really positive influence on their future outcomes in life.”
The YPP is a partnership between the Southern Trust and Barnardo’s in addition to other statutory, voluntary and community sector agencies.
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Young women who attended the reunion with Imelda Fearon, Southern Trust.