NOEL Smyth from Tullamore was among 26 young people from across the country that attended a recent Think Big workshop in O2’s headquarters in Dublin.
Think Big is a programme designed by O2 and Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, which enables young people to do projects in their community that will make a difference to young people’s mental health.
The young people attending the workshop were each awarded a place on the national Think Big programme, after successfully submitting an idea for a project in their community.
The training workshop is designed to help them get their projects up and running and covers a range of skills including: Introduction to Mental Health, Project Planning, Communicating with Confidence and Social Media Skills.
Think Big has granted initial funding of €300 to help get each project off the ground, along with a mobile phone (with €50 top-up), and a Think Big start-up pack.
In addition, every young person will get support from O2 and Headstrong in the form of mentoring and on-going training to help them to bring their proposal to life.
The projects will also be eligible for further funding as they progress.
Noel’s project is entitled ‘LGBT Tullamore’.
Noel will be organising a social and support group for LGBT people in Tullamore that will provide support to members of the this minority and overall promote inclusiveness and positive mental health.