Oberstown talent on display The Oberstown campus school (pictured above and below) this month held an exhibition of young people’s art and craftwork, and launched the latest issue of the Fighting words short stories booklet, containing short stories written by young people with the help of Fighting Words volunteers. The craft exhibition took place in the school and was formally launched by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, who handed awards to young people to celebrate their achievements. On display was a wide variety of craft work from woodwork, to metal work, knitted crafts, baked goods and art. Young people played music and staff from across the campus came to view the excellent handiwork of the young people.
LIVING OUR STRATEGY Oberstown has completed a one-year review of its strategic plan. The report, available here, presents an account of all of the milestones achieved under each strand of the plan during 2018. It also sets out the priority actions for 2019, as the Strategic Plan enters its second year, towards completion in 2020. Among the achievements listed are the development of young people's programmes, the reconfiguration of the unit manger and on-site managers roles and the on-going work to embed the CEHOP framework into the day-to-day running of the organisation.
Health & well-being month in Oberstown From Jan 15, Oberstown will be hosting a month-long series of events around good mental health and well-being. The aim is to start a conversation that normalises the conversation around mental health. The hope is that this will help people feel supported in the workplace, and encourage them to seek assistance if and when they need it. The timetable for the month will be distributed across campus and includes: Week 1 (Jan 15): Launch of mental health booklet with peer support workers at a coffee morning in the visitor’s area. Week 2: CISM training with unit managers. Week 3: Operation transformation launch. Distribution of booklet through unit managers and peers to every staff member. Week 4: Launch of the Oberstown health & well-being strategy.
Community cheer at Christmas Once again Oberstown household and catering staff ran the annual senior's Christmas dinner at the Man O' War GAA club. The evening was a great success and was attended by Oberstown staff past and present. Oberstown staff have been contributing to the community in this way for 27 years now and the annual dinner is one that is much looked forward to by all who attend. Young people from Oberstown are involved in prepping the meals, and this year they made a Christmas cake and created flower arrangements as part of restorative practice and giving back to the local community.
Plaque unveiled by Minister Zappone Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone visited Oberstown during December to unveil a plaque erected in honour of the memory of Freida Delaney of the Irish Youth Justice Service. Freida spent the last ten years of her career making the integrated Oberstown campus become a reality. More than 50 of Freida's colleagues, family - including Freida's mother, and friends gathered in Oberstown to pay tribute to her hard-work and dedication, sharing stories about her commitment to the project and her pragmatic approach to getting things done. Minister Zappone said the loss of Freida was a great one, but she said Freida would now forever be remembered in Oberstown for the contribution she made.