Meath Comhairle na nÓg is a young person's council that represents 12-18 year olds in Meath and gives them a voice in informing local policy and decision making. It aims to provide an opportunity for young people in this age range to identify the issues that are important to them, discuss some of the changes they would like to see and bring forward ideas and suggestions for making change happen.
Comhairle na nÓg is a national initiative stemming from the National Children's Strategy 2000. It is led and funded at national level by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Meath County Council are responsible for administration of the funding and co-ordinating an Inter-Agency Steering Committee.
This steering committee supports and guides the development and work of the Comhairle. Agencies represented on the Meath Steering Committee include Meath County Council, Louth Meath Education and Training Board, Involve Youth Club, Foróige, Meath Partnership, Jigsaw Meath, CYPSC, Navan School Completion programme, DYCA, Meath Volunteer Centre, Meath Local Sports Partnership. Two Comhairle members also sit on this committee. Youth Work Ireland Meath facilitate and support the development of the Comhairle on behalf of Meath County Council.
Every year, Comhairle na nÓg members are invited to participate in Dáil na nÓg, the annual national youth forum that helps inform national policy.
There is an annual AGM where new members are voted on the Comhairle.
For further information and to find out how you can get involved in Meath Comhairle na nÓg log onto http://www.comhairlenanog.ie/local-comhairle/meath/, https://www.facebook.com/MeathComhairle/, Twitter : @ComhairleNaNog1
Peter Mulligan from Youth Work Ireland Meath facilitates Meath’s Comhairle na nÓg on behalf of Meath County Council and can be contacted on:
Tel: 046 9093403 / 087 0683119 Email firstname.lastname@example.org