Cork City Comhairle na nÓg held its annual showcase event in City Hall on Wednesday June 29th to display its research on the provision of youth spaces in the city. This was the group’s annual celebration of the summertime break and gave the young people of the Comhairle an opportunity to show off their work and to take praise for their efforts from their parents, friends, City Councillors and youth workers engaged with the process.
Comhairle na nÓg, the official forum in Cork through which the voice of young people is heard and their views put before decision makers in government agencies has members aged from 14 to 18 years old who were recruited at the annual AGM in December and have met fortnightly to carry out its research.
The research comprised a survey to which 400 young people responded, focus groups involving 150 2nd level students and a vox pop. The main findings showed that there are not enough youth spaces in Cork. In terms of the type of youth spaces the young people expressed that they wanted a warm, friendly, trustworthy youth space preferably situated in the city centre. They also identified food, free internet, heating, TV, games and music as desirable facilities in a youth space.
Lord Mayor Councillor Terry Shannon praised the work of the Comhairle group and offered his services should the group require it during the year. Matthew Seebach national Comhairle na nÓg support worker described the Cork city group as an exemplary Comhairle group and congratulated them on their efforts.
The Comhairle group breaks for the summer. On its return the group will finalise a document outlining their research with recommendations which will be circulated to youth organisations, policy makers and funders. The group will also prepare for its Annual General Meeting of more than 100 young people from schools and youth organisations in the city, which takes place on 11th October.