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Oberstown Newsletter April 11, 2017

Hats off to the Graduates

On April 7, 23 Oberstown staff members from across a range of roles were conferred on campus by Carlow IT as part of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) peer support initiative. 
CISM will now become an onsite service, providing additional support to staff involved in a workplace critical incident.
A team of trained peer supporters will provide a confidential, easily accessible and highly responsive ‘psychological first aid’ service for fellow staff who are experiencing emotional distress arising from a difficult event at work.
“We’re extremely proud of our staff who are among the first in the country to become peer support workers, and who will act as mentors and emotional support to their colleagues when needed," Director of Oberstown, Pat Bergin said. CISM is accredited by the Institute of Technology Carlow and last week's graduation makes Oberstown the first organisation in Ireland to send a team through the programme.
CISM means that staff at Oberstown now know that if they have any difficult issues in their line of work, they can talk to a dedicated colleague who they trust, and who has an understanding of the challenges they face.

 

 Campus News & Events
Carlingford Lough
President's Prize

For the first time in the history of the Gaisce awards, five young people at Oberstown will be awarded the
President’s Award, the country’s most prestigious and respected individual award programme.
In order to achieve their Bronze Awards, the boys completed a range of activities and challenges, on and off campus, including kayaking on Carlingford Lough (pictured right) and learning how to play badminton. Well done to all those involved!

 

Web Updates

The Chair of the Board's report for March is now available. Log onto the website to access it, and to view on-going changes on the site, (link in blue box below). The BOM updates are designed for staff and public in the interests of openness and transparency. Work is also on-going to add more content to the website in order that it can become a useful resource for staff, media and the public in general.

Game On

Young people will play two highly anticipated soccer matches against local teams over the course of the week. The first match against Rush Celtic takes place tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2:30pm, the other, against Hardwick United, takes place on Friday at 2:30pm. All are welcome to attend! Further matches and coaching will take place during the summer soccer camp.
 
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