THIS YEAR the Jim Quigley Volunteer of the Year Award was awarded to Skerries Youth Support Services (SYSS) for all their work over the past three years with the young people in Skerries.
The award was presented by Skerries Community Association (SCA) chairman, Geoff McEvoy, on September 3 and was collected by JP Browne and Dave Beatty on behalf of SYSS.
SYSS, is a youth-focused community organisation that supports the local young people through the challenges many of them face. It provides information and services on positive wellbeing, including mental, physical and sexual health, and personal safety. Central to its purpose is to raise public awareness about mental health and to encourage conversations amongst all generations of the community in an open, honest and trusting way. Through these conversations the remaining stigma around mental ill-health will be addressed, finding its way towards a position of acceptance. Since its launch in 2016, SYSS has produced an information booklet titled: “Myself, My Life” and has circulated over 15,000 copies in Skerries, Balbriggan, Rush and neighbouring towns. The booklets offer information and service contacts relevant to a range of issues often encountered by teenagers and young people, such as depression, sexuality, and bullying. SYSS has also facilitated several talks within Skerries and is currently in the process of establishing a clinical youth support worker for young people.
BusConnects Local Information Session
Monday 3rd September, 3:00pm–7:00pm
Skerries Community Centre
Concerns have been expressed in this part of Fingal that the proposed new arrangements for bus services will bring no improvements and could mean a worsening in service levels.
Proposal for Skerries is to cancel both 33 and 33x, with only a 33a (renumbered 285) to Swords.
The Skerries Community Association would urge residents to attend the Information sessions and perhaps more importantly to make their views known to BusConnects by emailing email@example.com or completing their online survey.
You may want to also find time to attend the SCA AGM at 8:00pm in the Skerries Community Centre.
The “AGM Invitation 2018 & Skerries Community Association Report September 2017 to 2018” flier will soon be delivered to households in Skerries in advance of the 2018 AGM in the Little Theatre, Skerries Community Centre, at 8 PM on Monday, 3rd September 2018. If you won’t receive it because you have a ‘No Junk Mail’ sign (we could quibble over whether or not it’s junk mail, but our deliverers won’t) or if you just want to be early, you can view it here.
NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of The Skerries Community Association CLG (SCA) will be held in the Little Theatre, Dublin Road, Skerries on Monday the 3rd of September 2018 at 8 pm to transact the Ordinary Business of the Company, that is to say: –
- To confirm the Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting
- To receive and adopt the Directors’ Report and Financial Statements for year ended 31 Dec. 2017
- To elect Directors to the Board
- To elect Members to Skerries Community Centre Board of Management
- To reappoint Dempsey Mullen as Auditors and to authorise the Directors to fix their remuneration
- To transact any other business proper to an Annual General Meeting of the Company.
Dated this the 13th of August 2018, by order of the Board, Michael McKenna, Secretary.
“Helping to make a great town even better” is the the byline of the Skerries Community Association, but you can help make your own street, club, or community group even better by organising or taking part in a Street Feast on Sunday, 10th June 2018.
Street Feast is a neighbourhood street party that will be hosted by neighbours all over Ireland at the same time, and it’s taking place across the country on Sunday 10th June 2018. Over 1,300 Street Feast events were held nationwide in 2017, with over 120,000 people taking part. (See here to sample the flavour of the day.)
This 10th of June at around 12 noon, communities across Ireland will sit down for a feast to celebrate community. They can be anywhere really – out on the street, in a local park or in your front garden.
Under the World Health Organisations (WHO) Age Friendly Cities & Counties Programme, Skerries received its Age Friendly Town status in 2014. As part of this process, older people were asked to have their say in matters of concern to them. In Skerries, one of the issues preventing people from staying involved and connected in their community was transport.
As part of the Skerries Age Friendly Town Initiative, the Age Friendly Skerries committee, with the support of Flexibus/LocalLink, is proposing to look at ways to support older people to stay connected in their local community, in particular to look at the transport needs of older people and how we might address these needs locally.
To build this picture we need your help. We would like to invite you to take part in an Age Friendly Community Transport Consultation/Workshop to be held in Skerries Rugby Club on Wednesday, 25th April, from 10.00am until 2.00pm.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Clare on 086 876 7633 or Mary 086 3977118 before 19th April 2018 to secure a place as numbers are limited.
Join us at Skerries Educate Together NS at 2–4 PM on Saturday, 28th April 2018.
The Skerries Community Association invites you to drop by to meet representatives of your local community organisations, learn more about clubs and groups in Skerries and to find out how to get involved in shaping our growing Skerries Community.
Refreshments will be served.
Bring trowels and gloves for apple tree planting!
We hope to see you there!
Skerries Tidy Towns are looking to making the town as accessible as possible and would be very grateful if any Wheelchair/Mobility Scooter users and people with limited mobility could complete a survey on accessibility in Skerries. They would also be grateful for any suggestions from people where the town can be improved.
Wheelchair/mobility scooter accessibility survey
You can send the completed survey to email@example.com.
Skerries Tidy Towns will launch their reusable cups in Super Valu Skerries on Tuesday, December 12th, at 2pm. Thanks to James and Super Valu for hosting the launch.
The 12 oz cup comes in four colours. It is made of naturally organic, rapidly renewable bamboo fibre. The lid and sleeve are made of silicone, which is BPA and phthalate free. The cup itself is dishwasher safe, naturally sterile – no taste residue – and should last for years. But when it has come to the end of its natural life, it goes back to nature along with organic compost.
The cups will retail at €9.99 and will be available in Super Valu, Gerry’s, Goat in the Boat, Skerries Mills, C&T’s, Skerries News, Olive, LA Bakery and Gerry at the station.
There will be a free coffee to go when you buy a cup on the day.
Skerries Community College Parents Association will host a presentation by Mr. Enda Murphy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and Author, on “Fear, Failure and Managing Expectations” on Wednesday 22nd November in the school hall at 8pm sharp.
Tickets @ €5.00 available in Skerries Bookshop
Enda is a very well know speaker and author, and is regularly on the radio talking about the issue of mental health and our children’s well being.
There are a limited number of tickets for sale, please don’t be disappointed.