The Mayo Children and Youth Services Committees (CYPSC) this week launched the Mayo Plan for Children and Youth 2018-2020 at the National Museum of Ireland, Turlough.
The plan, which consulted more than 1,000 youth, parents and service providers across Mayo, is the first of its kind in Mayo and aims to improve outcomes for children and youth in the county.
The event was organized in collaboration with young people from the Mayo Tusla Youth Advisory Group and Comhairle na nÓg, and senior representatives from Mayo CYPSC partner organizations, including Tusla, HSE, GMIT, Mayo Co Council, Mindspace, Sports Partnership, An Garda Siochana, Schools, Development Societies, Teacher Training Council, Family Resource Centers and Western Regional Drugs Working Group. UCC Professor Ursula Kilkelly delivered a keynote address.
The strategic plan aims to improve outcomes for children and youth. The outcomes identified are “Active and healthy”, “Safe and protected from harm”, “Succeed in all areas of learning and development”, “Security and economic opportunity” and “Connected, respected and contributing”. Youth surveyed identified that the best thing about life in Co Mayo is the fact that it is safe, and the worst part is that there aren’t enough age-appropriate activities.
Commenting on the event, Paddy Martin, Area Manager, Tusla Mayo, said: “As chair of the Mayo Children and Youth Services Committee, I am delighted to see the publication of our first plan for children and youth 2018-2020. other agencies, we have identified some of the key needs and priorities of children, youth and families in our region. in a safe, happy and secure environment. “
The Mayo Plan for Children and Youth can be accessed here: https://www.cypsc.ie/_fileupload/Documents/Resources/Mayo/Mayo%20Children%20and%20Young%20People’s%20Plan%202018-2020.pdf.