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'Have your voice heard' workshop series 2020

These workshops are free, online and open to anyone 16-25 and living in Ireland

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Share this article - is running a series of free, online workshops for anyone 16-25 years old living in Ireland. With these workshops, we hope to give you more information about issues you're interested and passionate about, and help you feel empowered to take action and have your voice heard. 

Find out more about each workshop below. 


1. What is Climate Justice and how can I get involved?

Thursday 24th September - 4pm to 5pm

Whether you are young or old, rich or poor, from urban or rural areas, climate change will impact us all. Climate justice looks at the fact that it is the people who are least responsible for climate change that will suffer its gravest consequences. When talking about climate change, we must make sure our response is rooted in human rights principles and equity.

A group of young people, in partnership with the National Youth Council, have created the Youth Manifesto for Climate Justice. Mair Kelly, who helped write the Manifesto, will be running this workshop and focusing on:

  • What is climate justice
  • Why is climate justice important
  • How can you take action on climate change and climate justice?

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3. Sharing my story as an LGBT+ young person in Ireland

Tuesday 13th October - 12pm to 1pm

Sharing your story and experiences as a young LGBTI+ person in Ireland can help support and empower other LGBT+ people. When sharing personal stories, it's important to think about what you're comfortable sharing, what you want others to know or not know, and how to look after yourself during the process. It's also important to think about inclusive language you can use so everyone feels supported.

This session will be run by Kate Cummins from BeLong To. BeLong To support LGBT+ youth in Ireland. During the session, we'll talk about everything listed above, and there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion so we can all learn from each other.

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4. Making positive change in your community

Thursday 22nd October 2020 - 12pm to 1pm

If you're passionate about making a positive change in your community, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start, or how to have the biggest impact.

During this session, Karen Kelly from Young Social Innovators (YSI) will talk about how you can make a positive change, sharing experiences from young people who have been involved with YSI. We'll look at the challenges, barriers and successes that others have had so you can learn for your own work.

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5. Best practice when sharing your mental health story

Thursday 12th November - 12pm to 1pm

When it comes to mental health issues, sharing stories and experiences is an important way to open up conversations about mental health, and help others to feel supported, empowered and less alone. It's important that we use the right language when we talk about mental health, so we don't say anything that could be triggering, harmful or stigmatising.

In this workshop, Shauna O'Connor from See Change will discuss best practice when talking about mental health, and why the language we use is so important. If you're thinking of sharing your mental health story, come join this session to learn a bit more before you get started.

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6. How to make videos and podcasts from home

Tuesday 24th November - 12pm to 1pm

Sharing your story is a powerful way to help support other young people. You can help people to feel more supported, empowered and less along. If you're interested in sharing your story, experiences or opinions through videos or podcasting, join our session with Nicky Ryan from Nicky will take you talk about how to get the most out of your home video or podcast, as well as some technical aspects of making a video or podcast.

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Published August 20th2020
Last updated Sep­tem­ber 18th2020
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