KDYS Launches ‘Online Club’ For Teenagers

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KDYS has launched a new initiative to provide an outlet for young people across Kerry. The message is ‘if you can’t get out to a youth club then let the youth club come to you’.

This is open to all teenagers and to find out more just go to the KDYS website or Facebook page.

CEO of KDYS, Tim ODonoghue said; “We are hoping that we can provide another option for young people to connect, have fun and support each other in this extraordinary time. Parents too could look in and maybe get some ideas and helpful tips in coping with long days locked down.”

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Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in Ireland, the KDYS has been constantly trying to ensure that all young people in Kerry are receiving the support that they need, in these testing times.

Already, KDYS youth workers, across their suite of services have, in conjunction with young people, come up with new ways of engaging with young people and the wider community.

On Friday, March 27, the KDYS launched its ‘on-line club’. As most people would know, there is a KDYS-affiliated youth club in most communities throughout the Diocese.

However, as these are no longer operating due to the HSE guidelines connected to the crisis, the KDYS and its volunteers highlighted a gap in provision for its 1,400 youth club members.

The ‘online club’ is posted every Friday, primarily on the KDYS county-wide snapchat group but is also shared on all KDYS social media platforms.

KDYS youth worker, Michelle O’Neill said; “This program was created to provide young people and their families with a positive activity program that they could take part in from the comfort and safety of their own home. KDYS Online Club provides members with a new program each Friday publicised through all KDYS social media platforms. The weekly program includes fun and active games, simple and healthy recipes, art and craft ideas and much more.”

“The ‘Online Club’ is aimed at secondary school aged young people but anyone can join in. The response so far has been overwhelming with requests being made by school teachers for them to make it accessible to their own pupils,” she added.

The KDYS is operating remotely and full support services are still being provided. For contact details, please search KDYS on all social media platforms or see www.kdys.ie

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