On 10th April 2018, 19 Certificates were presented to Transition Year students from Coláiste Dhúlaigh, Coolock. The presentation of certificates took place in Sphere 17, Darndale and was attended by Sphere 17 staff, members of An Garda Siochána, Coláiste Dhúlaigh teaching staff and students. As a Garda Youth Diversion Project (GYDP), an important function of the Woodale Youth Justice Project (YJP) has been and continues to be placing a focus and emphasis on supporting young people in the education system, as well as bridging the gap between young people and the Gardaí.
As per the Woodale Youth Justice Project Annual Plan 2018, Woodale YJP in association with An Garda Siochána successfully completed the delivery of the T.A.G. Programme (Teenagers and the Guards). The aim of the TAG Programme is to promote positive relationships between young people and the Guards. The transition year students participated in six sessions over a period of three months. These sessions were facilitated by two Youth Justice Workers (Tanya and Noel, Woodale YJP – Sphere 17) and two Community Guards (Ronan and Jacinta, Coolock Garda Station). The majority of sessions were well attended with positive feedback provided by all who engaged.
- Escape VR (Virtual Reality – relationship building)
- The Role of the Guards
- Visit to the Criminal Courts of Justice
- Young People, Social Media and the Law
- Visit to Kilmainham Gaol
- The evolution of Youth Justice (comparative justice), My Community, the path of the criminal explored and an overall review of the programme.
Superintendent Gerard Donnelly (Coolock Garda Station) was in attendance on the day and acknowledged the relationships and great work achieved as a result of the collaborative inter-agency work between Woodale YJP, An Garda Siochana, Coláiste Dhúlaigh and young people from Coolock.
We look forward to further developing these relationships in the future.