So what’s been happening in Larne YMCA this week?

6 February 2015

The snow has gone (much to the kids’ disappointment) and here we are at another Friday morning (tempus fugit) taking a few minutes to look back on our week at Larne YMCA…

Last Friday evening’s Auction of Stay Awake Memorabilia was reminiscent of Sotheby’s complete with bidding paddles, gavel wielding auctioneer and

The snow has gone (much to the kids’ disappointment) and here we are at another Friday morning (tempus fugit) taking a few minutes to look back on our week at Larne YMCA…

Last Friday evening’s Auction of Stay Awake Memorabilia was reminiscent of Sotheby’s complete with bidding paddles, gavel wielding auctioneer and telephone bidders! The banners, costumes, props and the throne raised almost £60 which will go towards club funds. Thanks to Jana for creating such a realistic setting which certainly contributed to the excitement.

fishing5Big weekend ahead for our NPLQers as they have their assessment on Sunday morning – they have worked hard and we hope that they will do themselves justice on the day. The assessment will cover theory questions, demonstration of CPR and use of a debrillator as well as water work (timed swims, rescue methods, use of spine board etc) so they have a lot to cover and we wish them well.

Wheelworks’ Art Cart visited this week, giving young people the chance to get the chance to create their own art videos using i-pads.

Thanks to the local Library staff for hosting a special Harry Potter event yesterday afternoon – our After Schools members attended (some in costume) and had a great time revisiting the Harry Potter stories.

Our PCSP funded “Keeping Young People Safe” project is going well; Patricia Brennan (Ledcom) has completed the road safety report which will be brought to our next Board meeting for discussion. Patricia’s research included focus groups, interviews and surveys so thank you to all who contributed to what looks like a very useful report.

Our staff are also gearing up for the Anti Bullying Day next Friday at the Leisure Centre when local school children will participate in workshops facilitated by Diana Award staff; we look forward to welcoming local primary schools along to this event which will give children the opportunity to discuss bullying, their experiences of it and learn how to deal with it.

Anti social behaviour is a current concern for us and over the next few weeks we will be discussing what could be done to address this bearing in mind the safety and needs of all concerned.

Our 2015-16 NEELB Curriculum Development Agreement has been completed after a lot of work and is ready for submission. Well done to Dean and those who contributed to this plan for next year – although a big piece of work, the review, consultation, research and discussion (a lot) has been a very useful exercise.

This week I had the chance to meet up with fellow General Secretaries from YMCAs across Northern Ireland and work our way through an agenda covering various items such as funding, training, compliance and insurance as well as hear what is happening in different YMCAs – came away with a to-do list as well as a few ideas, so I will be kept busy!

A reminder that The Beauty and the Beast, starring our very own Jordan Brownlee, is running in The Auditorium in Larne tonight (Friday) and Sunday – just the thing for an entertaining night out!