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[Health Service Executive] Junior Cert celebration in Galway. (06 Sep 2013)

Over 900 young people from Galway City will receive their long-awaited junior certificate results next Wednesday, 11 September. For the eighth year running, a number of agencies in the city will join together to provide a safe, drug and alcohol free- venue for each junior certificate student in Galway to celebrate the achievement of completing their first state exam. Over 700 of these students attended our event last year.

Every student who gets their results next Wednesday will receive a free invitation to the mega-party which this year will take place in The Black Box. The party will kick off at 8.30pm and will continue until 12 midnight. A key feature of this party is that it will be supervised by over 50 experienced volunteers, drawn from the agencies involved.

In previous years, there has been a well-documented lack of appropriate events organised for young people after the announcement of the junior certificate results and the follow-on from this has tended to be a night fraught with anti-social behaviour as young people socialise in unsuitable venues. In an effort to combat this, the Health Service Executive, Jigsaw, Foróige, Galway City Partnership, GRETB, An Garda Síochána, Galway City Council, Youth Work Ireland, Western Regional Drugs Task force, Lions Club, the Galway City Post Primary Schools and Clann Family Resource Centre have come together in partnership to provide this safe social outlet for young people to celebrate.

Paul Tannian from HSE West explains, “This is a great example of agencies working together in partnership for the common good. It is only right and appropriate that these students get some recognition for sitting their first state examinations. Our goal is to make it a memorable and safe night for everybody involved.”

Young people who wish to attend this event mustcomplete an application form from the school, which includes a passport photograph and contact details for their parents. These forms will be returned to the school, stamped by the school and the young people will then register their attendance on the night. Parents are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure the safe arrival and collection of their son or daughter from the event.

This invitation-only party is a drug and alcohol free- event. However, should a young person arrive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, their parents will immediately be contacted and expected to collect their son or daughter. A contact mobile number is issued to parents should they need to contact the committee on the night. If you have any queries or comments, please contact Paul Tannian on 086 0431568 or Frances Ford 087 6423141

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