West Side Nut Club Fall Festival begins Monday

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Pictured above (left to right): Deputy Chris Roe, Deputy Luke Freiberger, Lt. Sam Preston and Mr. Steve Luce with the ISA are shown with this year’s raffle motorcycle, a 2016 HD Softail Slim. The 95th annual West Side Nut Club Fall Festival begins Monday, October 03, 2016. The weeklong event has been an Evansville tradition since 1921. The festival occupies over four city blocks and will feature food, rides, music, pageants, contests and parades.Once again the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office will maintain a tent at the intersection of W. Franklin Street and N. 11th Avenue next to the lost and found booth. At this location, sheriff’s deputies will be passing out yellow wristbands to children. The underside of the wristband can display a parent or guardians’ phone number, which may be used to reunite a child with a missing parent.The Evansville Police Department will be providing law enforcement services throughout the festival grounds and will have a mobile command center stationed at W. Franklin Street and N. 10th Avenue.The Sheriff’s Office offers the following safety tips for your visit to the Fall Festival:When you arrive at the festival, identify and point out officials your child can approach if they become separated from you. Describe the sheriff’s deputy and police officer uniforms, the Nut Club member hats and the fire official uniforms so your child knows who is safe to approach.Nothing takes the place of your supervision. Younger children can become distracted with all of the sights, sounds, smells, and crowds at the Fall Festival.If your child is old enough to be out of your eyesight, make sure they take a friend with them. There is safety in numbers (as well as more fun to be had). Remember to have your child check in on a regular basis. Identify where you will meet them and what time they should be there.If you become separated from your child, notify a sheriff’s deputy or police officer as soon as possible.Heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic will create an increased risk of accidents. Take your child by the hand when walking to and from the festival. Use caution when leaving the sidewalk. Consider using a paid parking lot to support a worthy cause.Stop by the Sheriff’s Office Fall Festival tent, where you can talk to a sheriff’s deputy and pick up a free munchie map. You can also enter for a chance to win a 2016 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim motorcycle from the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association (ISA). The motorcycle will be on display at the Sheriff’s Office tent all week long. Proceeds will benefit the families of deputies and officers killed in the line of duty as well as the ISA’s Youth Leadership Camps and Scholarship Program.Sheriff Dave Wedding stated, “We want everyone who visits the Fall Festival this year to have a safe, fun and memorable time. Unfortunately every year a few people try to ruin the experience for the rest of us. Please report suspicious or illegal activity to law enforcement so that the situation can be quickly addressed.”last_img read more

‘Born to Change’ World Café gives young people a voice on mental health

first_img‘Born to Change’ World Café Research Event was held in Donegal on Thursday to engage young people so that they can help inform the planning and delivery of mental health services in the HSE CHO Area 1.Over 200 young people along with representatives from community/voluntary and statutory agencies as well as HSE representatives attended the event on 10th of May 2018 in Radisson Hotel Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.This event was developed and facilitated by young people for young people across counties of Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo in collaboration with community/voluntary groups and the HSE. The purpose of the event was to engage young people so that they can help inform the planning and delivery of mental health services.  The event aimed to determine the needs of youth across the five counties of Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 (CHO1) including those who are marginalised and to effectively and meaningfully engage with them in planning and informing communities and services for young people.Members of ‘Born to Change’ Steering Group and Acting Chief Officer CHO 1Front row L to R: Michael Mc Dermott, Moville, Family Resource Centre, Leo Kinsealla, Head of CHO 1 Mental Health Services, Sinead Fallon, Mentla Health Service Reform, Trish Greene, Mental Health Service Reform, Garry Glennon, Letterkenny Youth Family Service, Rosaline Keenan, Senior Manager Performance and Service Innovation, CHO 1 Mental Health Services, Eileen McCloskey, Mental Health Service Reform, Paraic Casey, Acting Chief Officer CHO 1Back row L to R: Dr Tony Morgan, Researcher, Dr Sean Gallagher, Researcher, Sharon Ferguson, Mental Health Service ReformEnabling their voices to be heard and their experiences both good and bad to be shared in order to help services and communities to change with and be informed by the needs and the experiences of our young people.International research highlights the real and evident need for services focused on marginalised young people. Young people, such as those who are not in school, college, training or employment. Young people who are isolated and impacted on by rurality and lack of investment and infrastructure, and who may be engaged in risky behaviour, also suffering marginalisation leading to a lack of direction and identity thereby affecting their sense of self awareness, esteem and ability to achieve their full potential.Workshop in actionThis is one of the most important events in CHO Area 1 in 2018 as it will inform how we, services and agencies, professionals and our communities listen to our young people and how we change in response to what they say. More importantly it lays the foundation for increased health and personal collective wellbeing in the communities of our future as our youth is our future. The motto for today was: Let’s hear, Let’s listen and let’s make changes. One of the young people speaking at the event Anthony Foy explained why he felt it was important “Born to Change I believe is worthwhile because it is an opportunity for young people to get their voices heard and for real change to happen”.Members of ‘Born to Change’ Youth Steering Committee‘Born to Change’ was organised as part of a wider project, under the Service Reform Fund “Progressing Mental Health Services” which identifies a number of themes based on engagement with young people, service users, family members and carers to inform the development of mental health services across for the next three years, ‘Born to Change’ brings together young people from all across CHO1. Key to the event were the themes for discussion that the young people themselves identified and agreed as being important to them in progressing their positive mental health and wellbeing. These included:·        I have a voice·        Respect me and what I say·        Listen to my story and hear my hopes ·        I have a voice, my experience and opinion is importantRosaline Keenan, Senior Manager Performance and Service Innovation, CHO 1 Mental Health Services commented “This event is the start of a process the learning from which will help us to achieve our goals to empower and enable young people to inform what services and communities can do and change, and in so doing will provide an important, valuable and real insight into what is done well, what can be done better, and what else needs to be done!”This event was funded by the Health Service Executive.‘We want to make a change for young people because they matter’‘Born to Change’ World Café gives young people a voice on mental health was last modified: May 11th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cho 1HSEmental health‘Born to Change’ World Café Research Eventlast_img read more