It has been another fantastic year for our young people. From serving their local communities to conquering fears on amazing trips, 2017 was a year with memories in abundance. Here are a few highlights from last year.
Ten young people from Dreamscheme Northern Ireland attended Belfast City Airport recently for a behind-the-scenes tour, advice on career opportunities in the sector and even a visit to the airport’s Fire Station.
We are hosting an free and informal open night on Friday 16th June 2017 from 7.00-8.30pm at our Dreamscheme Youth Centre, to highlight and share information about the wide range of summer youth work happening in the Castlereagh area this summer.
We hear people often say that they are feeling anxious, perhaps if they have a job interview, an important exam - or even a big date! It is characterised by the butterflies in our stomach, our shaking hands, the awkward laugh that we do that sounds somewhere between a cat being strangled and an angry whale. It feels uncomfortable, unnatural, unnecessary, and the word itself is sometimes tossed to the wind in such a way that it loses its meaning altogether: ‘I’m really anxious’, or ‘I suffer from anxiety’... but do you really?
Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about self-image. By that I mean how a teenager might view themselves, their skills and assets, their physical features, their shortcomings, their insecurities. Mostly, I think often on how I, a youth worker from Belfast, can help a group of teenagers to feel confident and fulfilled in a world that constantly tells them that they aren’t.