Seven Oberstown residents presented with Gaisce awards

Seven Oberstown residents presented with Gaisce awards

Bronze and Silver Gaisce awards have been presented to seven residents of the Oberstown children's detention campus.

The seven recipients successfully completed their Gaisce challenges over the past 12 months in each of the four categories of community involvement, personal skill, physical recreation and adventure journey.

They earned valuable and practical life skills which they will carry with them when they leave Oberstown.

The campus held a special awards ceremony this week to present the young people with the awards.

    The activities the participants have engaged in include:

  • Raising funds for local charities through on-site fun runs, and participation in the Oberstown Meals on Wheels programme serving members of the local community from the campus kitchens
  • The Street Doctors programme – a first aid course tailored to the lives of young people in Oberstown
  • Participation in the Oberstown Campus Council – a forum of young people, staff and management which allows young people to have their voice heard and to contribute to decision making on campus
  • An art and design project to paint a large mural in one of the visitor rooms in Oberstown reflecting the United Nations convention on the rights of the child
  • Football coaching, digital music production
  • Barista training in partnership with Java Republic
  • The National Elite Fitness Professional Certificate in Fitness Instruction
  • Culinary and baking skills.

Director of Oberstown Pat Bergin said the awards were a testament to each of the seven young people who received them.

"The awards illustrate how despite often coming from difficult backgrounds young people can achieve so much when they are provided with a safe and secure environment and the supports to flourish," he said.

"The aim of Gaisce is to support young people in fulfilling their potential and that reflects our commitment at Oberstown to help young people to return to their communities and make a positive contribution."

More on this topic

Oberstown reduced use of single separation by almost a quarter last yearOberstown reduced use of single separation by almost a quarter last year

Oberstown management say 'sustained improvements' made in past yearOberstown management say 'sustained improvements' made in past year

16 young offenders in Oberstown to be trained  to become baristas each year16 young offenders in Oberstown to be trained to become baristas each year

Update: Oberstown board defend decision not to publish reportUpdate: Oberstown board defend decision not to publish report


More in this Section

Teenage victim of paedophile ring packed knife to confront sex offender over unwanted advances, court hearsTeenage victim of paedophile ring packed knife to confront sex offender over unwanted advances, court hears

Environmental group wins landmark case over large-scale peat extractionEnvironmental group wins landmark case over large-scale peat extraction

Quinn staff 'demand an end to this reign of terror' following attack on executive Quinn staff 'demand an end to this reign of terror' following attack on executive

Families moving back into their homes after Dublin flats fireFamilies moving back into their homes after Dublin flats fire


Lifestyle

Your guide to what's going on in the gardening world this week.Gardening notes: Your guide to what's on

I went to Holy Faith in Clontarf in Dublin and I still have a big group of friends from school. These days, like most people, we use a WhatsApp group to communicate!School Daze with Nadia Forde: I wish I had embraced my differences at school

More From The Irish Examiner