In 2017 I secured funding from Fingal County Council for the Anti Bullying Institute to launch a pilot programme into seven schools in the Fingal
The ABI Anti Bullying Wellbeing Programme for primary schools teaches children how to make correct behavioral choices. When the pilot programme finished there were still 17 primary schools in Fingal wishing to avail of the programme. The funding shortfall was €15,000 and I was delighted to organise a fund raising drive amongst businesses in the area to secure the money needed
As a result of this fund raising all 17 schools have completed this programme. These included Malahide Educate Together National School, St Marnocks National School Portmarnock, Howth National School and St Nicolas of Myra National School Kinsealy.
Having visited a school that participated in the pilot programme and seeing first hand how it contributed to reducing bullying and how it taught children the importance of respect at a young age, I knew the importance of the remaining schools being afforded the opportunity to participate. I would like to acknowledge the kind contributions from businesses in Fingal whom made this possible and know that we have made a serious contribution to the well being of our young people.
Fingal County Council’s Voluntary Emergency Management Unit (EMU) is seeking applications for potential Emergency Management Volunteers.
The Voluntary EMU was established in 2013 to provide logistical support to Fingal County Council in relation to its responsibilities under a framework for major emergency management.
Current volunteers come from diverse backgrounds which include the public sector and semi state management, military, professional emergency services, academic and self-employed.
All volunteers receive accredited training in how to support full time council staff in the event of an emergency.
The EMU Volunteers provide immediate support in any emergency incident and are familiar with information management, council vehicles and equipment, the Radio Network and principles of Major Emergency Management.
Additionally, the EMU provides logistical support to Fingal County Council staff in the running of its events.
Those interested can apply by emailing EMU@fingal.ie the following information:
- Email address
- A short personal statement explaining why the applicant is interested in joining the EMU.
Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid said: “The Voluntary Emergency Management Unit is an important support to Fingal County Council in the event of any emergency. The Unit helps the Council to keep Fingal’s residents safe and so it is essential that it is resourced with well-trained volunteers.”