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**New Project Leader Position**

Please click on link below for full job description & application details:

 

https://www.activelink.ie/content/vacancies/children-youth/38312

 

 

 

 

Bake Sale Thursday 24th May.

 

A bake sale was run on the morning of Thursday the 24th of May with over a hundred children from the neighbouring primary schools invited. This event was organised by a number of young people from the Candle Training Programme in support of their An Gaisce Award with baking contributions from all in Candle. 

 

Thank you to teachers and children from De La Salle, St Raphaels, St Michaels, St Gabriels and St. Dominics for their support.

285 euro was raised for the Candle Redevelopment fund. 

 

 

Candle Launch Annual Report 2017

 

Candle launched their Annual Report 2017 at a recent AGM on May, 10th 2018, Click here to read the Annual Report 2017


It is a pleasure to share with you the highlights and special moments of the past year at Candle Community Trust.

Young people, their work and achievements, their activities and stories are rightly the cornerstone of this Report. For Candle is all about young people and it is for them that we are privileged to exist.

Our services grew in 2017, both in terms of the demand for our programmes and in our response to new and emerging needs. This growth has been led by young people themselves, voicing their needs and trusting us with our responses.

Yes, there are exciting developments in infrastructure; Yes, there are funding agencies and external agencies who believe in the work and support it; and Yes there is a dedicated Board and staff team who are committed and competent....but it is the young people and their families who contribute most significantly to what Candle is and how Candle moves forward.

Enjoy reading our record of life in Candle in 2017.

Candle Recruiting Project Worker: 2 Positions

 

Candle Community Trust, established in 1978, is a registered charity providing educational and developmental opportunities for “at risk” youth in Ballyfermot, Dublin 10. Working in collaboration with the Probation Service, CDETB & CDYSB, Tusla, HSE Candle is committed to creating and delivering a comprehensive, best practice service to meet the needs of young people who experience disadvantage and marginalization.

At this exciting time, with the expansion and development of Candle, we invite applications for the positions of 2 Project Workers. The successful applicants will be responsible to Management for the delivery of quality frontline services to young people.

Click here for more information on these exciting Job Opportunities 

 

Gaisce - Greystones to Bray Cliff Walk

On Wednesday March 28th, a cold but beautiful sunny morning, 5 young people from Candle walked the Greystones to Bray Cliff Walk as part of their Gaisce adventure journey. It was a really enjoyable trip and everyone completed the walk with great enthusiasm.

Redevelopment of The Candle Campus  

The redevelopment of the Candle campus has been a particular focus in 2017 and continued into 2018. The idea for a redevelopment of the Campus emerged in 2014 following a detailed review of our services and the current and future needs of our client group. The increasing demand for our services, along with the changing service provision, implied that the existing premises needed to be updated and modified, and more additional space was required for the delivery of our newly established Therapeutic Space.   The planning for the redevelopment of the Campus commenced in 2015/16 in the form of fundraising and initial design planning. November 2017 marked a very significant moment in the process when the builders moved onto the site to commence the redevelopment. It is hoped that the project will be completed in late summer 2018. During the build we have had to relocate services to a new location, i.e. the De La Salle Primary School in Ballyfermot. In our relocated premises we are shaping services so that, when we return to the new campus, we are ready to fully utilize the new facility and continue offering quality, best practice services to young people.

 

Sr. Caoimhín

1926 - 2018

R.I.P. 

Remembering Sr. Caoimhín

 

 

Over the weekend we received the sad news of the death of Sr. Caoimhín R.I.P. Sr. Caoimhín has been ailing for some time but her death came quickly in the end. Her passing is indeed the end of an era. 

Sr. Caoimhín's life was totally given in the service of young people particularly young people in Ballyfermot. Over the years she worked tirelessly to establish much needed services and supports, and towards this end she founded Candle Community Trust in 1978. 

She has left a huge legacy and will be mourned by the hundreds of people whom she helped in her lifetime. 

We, in Candle, are privileged to continue her work and seek daily to remain faithful to her vision and ethos. 

  

  The death has occurred of An tSiúir Caoimhín NÍ UALLACHÁIN OP Cabra, Dublin

Ní Uallacháin , An tSiúir Caoimhín OP (Clochar Dominicánach Naomh Mhuire, Cabhrach) Fuair si bás go suaimhneach ar an 3ú lá de mhí Márta 2018, faoi churam an fhoirinn I dTeach Santa Sabina. Is cúis mór bróin a bás dá driothár, an tAthair Maelisa Ó Huallacháin, OFM, dá nia Anna, dá neacha Gearóid agus Séamas, do Phatricia, bean chéile Ghearóid agus dá iníon Roisín, do Olive, beanchéile Sheamais agus dá bpáistí Sadbh agus Oscar. Is cúis mór bróin a bás freisin dá Siúireacha uilig Dominicánacha, dá gaolta agus dá cairde, do Lucht Mhatt Talbot agus do chomhluadar Candle. Go dtuga Dia síocháin síoraí dí. Beimid ag faire a corp I gClochar Naoimh Mhuire ó 3.00 in go 6.00 in de Luain 5ú lá de mhí Márta. Beidh Aifreann no Sochraide I Seipéal Chlochair San Dominic ag 2.30 in de Máirt 6ú lá de mhí Márta agus ina dhiaidh sin cuirfear í I reilig an Chlochair.

Ní Uallacháin (Sr. Caoimhín O.P.) Dominican Convent, St Mary’s, Cabra, March 3rd, 2018, peacefully in the care of the staff at Santa Sabina House. Deeply regretted by her loving brother, Fr. Maelisa Ó Huallacháin, O.F.M., her niece Anna, her nephews Gearóid and Seamus, Gearóid’s wife Patricia and their daughter Roisín and Seamus’s wife, Olive and their children, Sadbh and Oscar. Deeply regretted also by her Dominican Sisters, relatives, friends and by the members of the Matt Talbot Trust and the Candle Community Trust. Rest in Peace. Reposing in St. Mary’s on Monday, 5th March from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Funeral Mass in Dominican Convent Chapel at 2.30 on Tuesday, 6th March followed by burial in the convent cemetery. 

Date Published: Sunday 4th March 2018 
Date of Death: Saturday 3rd March 2018 

 

 Volunteering Opportunity!

Candle is recruiting new volunteers for our afternoon and evening clubs.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact

Michael Ruddy on 01 626 9111

or email

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Frightful Success for the Ballyfermot 

Cherry Orchard Halloween Festival 

A multi-agency community event to celebrate Halloween 2017 in the Ballyfermot Cherry Orchard area took place in a number of locations across the areas on Halloween Day. The Festival was a collaboration with a number of Youth Services in the area, funded by the Ballyfermot Chapelizod Partnership and Dublin City Council.

The programme of events on the day included a puppet show/story telling in the Ballyfermot Library, A Family Freaky Fun Run, Halloween CarnEvil games/activities, A Haunted House and Fireworks in Cherry Orchard that evening.

Candle were involved in the CarnEvil event and worked alongside the ABLE project and Familibase to host a number of activities that afternoon. Events included pumpkin carving, circus performance, magician show, old style halloween games like bobbing for apples and mummy wrap, along with some new ones like pie face, arts and craft and amazing musical peformance's by local artists. The CarnEvil event was a huge success with over 450 young people and families coming through the doors of Familibase that afternoon. Overall the Festival was a frightful success, with huge numbers attended all the events throughout the day. Candle are already looking forward to the next community celebration.

 

 

Focus Ireland

There has been some serious fundraising by the young people in Candle over the last few months. It started with designing and selling Christmas cards and culminated with the wood craft sale last month. It was decided donate the proceeds to Focus Ireland because we are passionate about the work that they do.

Here our some of our young people and staff handing over the cheque in person at Focus Ireland head office. Well done to all involved! 


 

Gaisce Bronze Award

Well done to 5 of our young people who undertook their adventure journey for their Gaisce Bronze Award. A night away and two days of walking, they really put everything into it and we are extremely proud of them. They are on target to get their awards at the end of the summer!



Family Fun Event May 2017

Thanks to everyone who came to our Family Fun Event on May 10th. It was another great evening and the weather couldn't have been better. More than 150 young people and families were entertained with bounching castles, a BBQ, face painting and a DJ. 

 

 

 Wood Craft Sale April 2017 

We are having a Wood Craft sale next Thursday 13th April. All of the items have been handmade by Candle participants and are finished to the highest standard. Come down and grab a bargain!

 

 Candle Training and Connect Programme 

 

 

Good Turn out for Candle's Job Fair

A successful jobs fair was held in Candle on Thursday the 9th of March 2017 as a complimentary and culmination piece to the Youth Employability Initiative Project  that was run through funding from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs & Dormant Accounts from July 2016 to February 2017. Consultation and collaboration with staff from the Ballyfermot/Chapelizod Partnership and Kylemore Training Centre took place during the weeks prior to the event.

The fair was tailored to specifically meet the progression stages of the young people who use the Candle service, as well as like-minded alternative education and youth centres in the Ballyfermot Area (Kylemore Training Centre, The Life Centre, The Cherry Orchard Equine Training Centre, Canal Communities Regional Youth Service, Ballyfemot Youth Service and Ballyfermot Familibase).  The fair was a positive experience for the young people to explore future progression options and learn more about the type of careers that are out there and what steps they need to take to commence on those paths.  An atmosphere was created that was relaxed but informative, where the young people got an opportunity to talk to professionals who can support them in their progression from education to employment.  For this reason the fair was not open to the wider public but more by invitation to maximise the time that the young people have to the professionals.  This went a long way in making it a non-threatening and comfortable environment for the young people in attendance:  

56 young people along with 12 professionals attended on the day and the promoting Organisations at the event included; Ballyfermot/Chapelizod Partnership, Defence Forces,  Dublin City Volunteer Centre, Ballyfermot CDETB & Apprenticeships, Dublin College of Hairdressing, FAI Mahon Academy, Ballyfermot College of Further Education, Liberties College and Inchicore College of Further Education.

 

Successful Spring Conference

19 Youth Projects from across Dublin City attended the Spring Conference at Candle Community Trust on February 23rd 2017. The Conference, which was opened by Minister Catherine Byrne, T.D. Minister of State for Communities and National Drugs Strategy, supported best practice Youth Work by introducing the Trauma Recovery Model. The feedback was exceptionally positive from all the participants, who believe that their practice will be enhanced and developed following the event. The Conference was co-hosted by Candle Community Trust and CDYSB, Mary Mooney, Director CDYSB, highlighted the place of this conference in CDYSB’s vision for continuous professional development. Seamus Taaffe, Chairperson of the Board of Candle, welcomed everyone and expressed satisfaction that Candle and CDYSB could collaborate in this way. An article on the Trauma Recovery Model, co-written by the presenter of the conference Mr. Johnny Matthew, is available by clicking here.

   

 

Pictured left to right: Seamus Taaffe (Chairperson, Candle Board of Management), Minister Catherine Byrne (T.D. Minister of State for Communities and National Drugs Strategy), Dervella McNee (Associate Director, Candle), Brian Johnston (Director, Candle), Mary Mooney (Director, CDYSB)

 

 

Launch of the Strategic Plan 2017 - 2019

Last week the Board of Trustees approved Candle's new Strategic Plan 2017-2019. This Plan will be the guiding principle for the organisation over the coming years and represents a very ambitious and focused agenda. We believe that this Plan is innovate and creative, and articulates the key advancements required in the Candle organisation in order to meet the needs of current and future participants. Please Click Here to view the Strategic Plan. 

Spring Conference

Candle Community Trust in collaboration with CDYSB, will host a one day Spring Youth Work Conference on February 23rd 2017. The conference entitled “A framework for youth practice – Trauma Recovery Model” is an  exciting opportunity for youth workers in Dublin City to learn more about the Trauma Recovery Model (TRM) which brings together needs, behaviours and interventions. The conference is an invite only event, for more information please see leaflet attached.

 


 College Open Days

 

Some of our young people have been attending college open days. Last week we visited Crumlin College of Further Education and Liberties College. This week we are visiting Inchicore College.

  

Minister Katherine Zappone visits Candle  

Candle was honoured to welcome Dr. Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, to the Centre on Monday, December 5th 2016. During her visit she had the opportunity to meet with young people and listen to their views and opinions on different aspects of their lives and view their QQI work.

The Minister expressed gratitude to Candle for their work carried out over many years. She articulated a desire to support the work both personally and through her office as Minister. We had the opportunity to discuss the proposed re-development of the campus and highlight how the new facility will meet new and emerging needs of the young people who access our service.

Particular emphasis was placed on the role of the Youth Programme as an important service in the whole area of prevention work.

 

Candle Young People take part in Soccer Tournament

Candle young people entered a team in the Ian Lyons Memorial 5-A-Side Tournament on October 20th at Ballyfermot Leisure Centre. The young people as part of their Health and Fitness Programme have been playing soccer weekly, and this showed in their performance on the day. Although the results didn't go our way the young people and staff were happy to support a worthy cause.

 

Candle Support Charity Run

Young people and staff from Candle participated in the 5km run and walk on Friday October 14th in aid of FamiliBase Horse Power group and Jigsaw. This event was organised as part of the D.10 Be Well Mental Health Awareness week. The event itself was well organised and very enjoyable. 

 

Mental Health Week 2016 

D.10 Be Well (Youth Mental Health Steering Committee) have organised a number of events this week to mark National Mental Health Week, please see leaflet attached for more information. On Tuesday October 11th there will be a showcase of organisations who work with and support mental health in the area taking place in the Cherry Orchard Centre from 10am – 12pm. Candle will be one of the stands present on the morning. Please support D.10 Be Well Mental Health Awareness Programme this week. 

 

Volunteering Opportunity 2017 

  • Applications for volunteering in 2017 no later than 26th October 2016 
  • Volunteer Training 2016: 

                      Mon 7th Nov - Youth Work Practice 

                      Mon 14th Nov - Teamwork/Communication 

                      Mon 21st Nov  - Child Protection & Welfare 

  • Garda Vetting Process of successful  candidates to commence  the week of the 14th of November.

If you would like to volunteer with us please DOWNLOAD THE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM HERE and email it to Michael Ruddy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or post to Candle Community Trust, P.O. Box  1145, Lynch’s Lane, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10.

For more information click here 

  A visit from Minister Catherine Byrne 

 Candle was honoured to welcome Catherine Byrne T.D. Minister of State for Communities and National Drugs Strategy to the Centre on Wednesday, September 28th 2016. During her visit she met with young people and talked to them about different aspects of their lives. The Minister addressed the young people as a group and encouraged them to continue their education, seek the support of staff around them and believe in themselves. Through all of this they can go on and achieve great things in their lives.  

Mental Health Week 2016 in October

Mental Health Week 2016 takes place from the 9th – 15th October. ''It is an opportunity to bring awareness to mental health at a national and community level, informing and educating people about mental health recovery and wellbeing'. This year Mental Health Ireland will be supporting the  ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ theme. The Five Ways to Wellbeing are simple actions you can do in your everyday life to feel good and function well.  In Candle we will continue to support young people around minding their own mental health and seeking support through the Therapeutic Space.

 

Another successful Family Fun Evening Event in Candle 

On Tuesday the 20th September, young people and their families were invited to Candle’s second Family Fun day event this term. On the night approximately 140 people attended and enjoyed food, music and lots of activities. It was a great opportunity to welcome new and returning participants and families of the Youth Programme to Candle. 

 

 

 Insightful and thought provoking Conference - attended by Candle Staff

Representatives of Candle Community Trust attended the two day conference 'Narrowing the Disconnect – the Ethics of Supporting Desistance from Crime” on 15th and 16th September hosted by Cork Alliance Centre . The key note address of the conference was made by the president of Ireland Michael D. Higgins.   Over the two days the conference explored both the researched learnings and the personal experiences of individuals who desisted from crime. 

 

 Candle September Family Fun Evening Event 

Young people and families of Candle are invited to a second Family Fun Evening Event taking place on Tuesday the 20th September from 5.30pm - 7.30pm. We are looking forward to seeing new and returning faces on the evening. 

 

Minding Your Mental Health for World Suicide Prevention Day - September 10th

World Suicide Prevention Day is on Satuday the 10th September 2016. To mark the day Candle will be running talks, forums and discussion groups to focus on the theme of ‘Minding Your Mental Health’. Positive mental health and coping skills will be explored through workshops and art projects throughout the week in the lead up to World Suicide Prevention Day.

Discussions on minding your mental health will be the focus of the forums this week.

Developing coping skills, dealing with stress and anxiety will be addressed in key working and developmental programmes this week and on-going. 

The theme of positive mental health will be prevalent in the Art and graphic design classes through poster making.


International Overdose Awareness Day

Young people in Candle recently marked 'International Overdose Awareness Day' through their engagement and participation in forums and group discussion about the topic.

 

Great turn out for Candle's Family Fun Day Event

On Wednesday the 24th August, young people and their families were invited to a Family Fun day event in Candle. On the night between 80 - 90 people attended and enjoyed activities such as the obstacle course and bouncing castles, live DJ, a tasty BBQ and socialising with other families and Candle staff. 

Candle Community Trust AGM 2016

This year’s Annual General Meeting took place on Thursday, May 19th, in Candle Community Trust, with 62 people attending on the night. Those in attendance included participants from Candle’s various Programmes, past trainees, members of the Board, representatives from CDETB, CDYSB, the Probations Service, staff, parents and friends of Candle. Seamus Taaffe, chairperson, conducted the official business of the AGM and then the work and activities of the Trust during 2015 were reflected upon.  Brian Johnston, on behalf of the Board, staff and young people, presented the Annual Report for the year 2015. Brian spoke about the importance of Candle being a listening centre and urged young people to talk about the ‘stuff’ that matters to them. He mentioned plans for a redesign of the Candle centre in the coming years and the expansion of the therapeutic space. Finally Brian commended Mary Rose O’Connor, vice chairperson of the Board for her commitment to Candle Board of Management for over a decade. Brenda Long, Senior Development Officer, CDETB, presented FETAC Awards to young people on the night. There were 10 Major Awards in “Employability Skills” and 117 Minors Awards (in level 2 and 3) achieved in the past year.   A video montage of the daily activities within the centre, which had been shot in recent weeks and which involved many young people, was presented.  The video gave a real flavour of life at Candle and it can be viewed now on our website (under Home Page. Following the presentations everyone enjoyed some refreshments and had an opportunity to visit the workshops, classrooms etc and to view the work of the young people.   

 

Candle marks Sr Caoimhín's 90th Birthday

On the 11th of May the staff, Board and young people celebrated Sr Caoimhín’s recent 90th birthday in Candle. Sr Caoimhín is the founder of Candle Community Trust; it was set up in 1978 to provide vulnerable young men in Ballyfermot with developmental and educational opportunities. Brian Johnston, Director and Seamus Taaffe, Chairperson of the Board, both commended Sr Caoimhín for her work in established Candle and wished her every good wish on this special year in her life.

 

Gentle Reminder for our upcoming AGM

  

 The Thirty Seventh Annual General Meeting will take place this Thursday the 19th of May at 7pm in Candle Community Trust.  

  Everyone is welcome here Equally cherished for the gifts they bring to our community

 

Lots to Celebrate so far in 2016

 

There has been a great start to 2016 with a lot of educational work achieved by young people over the last three months through the Training Programme and the National Adult Literacy Agency Online Write On Programme within the Connect Programme. In total 23 Level 2 QQI Minor Awards, 29 Level 3 QQI Minor Awards and 1 QQI Major Awards in 'Employability Skills' was attained through the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) in the first quarter of 2016.  Young people will be presented with their certificates from 2015/2016 on the night of the AGM, Thursday the 19th May at 7pm.  All are welcome to attend. 

  

Important reminder for our upcoming AGM

 

The Thirty Seventh Annual General Meeting for Candle Community Trust, which will be held on Thursday the 19th of May at 7pm. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the work achieved in Candle over the past year and launch the Annual Report for 2015. Parents, young people, members of the Board of Management, agencies and members of the community are invited to attend on the evening. 

 

Candle at the National Flag Presentation Ceremony- 1916 Commemoration

 

On Monday 7th March 2016, 3 young people and 2 staff represented Candle at the National Flag Presentation Ceremony in Croke Park. The event was attended by 4000 students and teachers from across the country. This ceremony was part of a series of official celebrations to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Ryan Tubridy was the mc for the day and the programme included military displays, speeches, historical re-enactments and musical performances. President Michael D Higgins gave a wonderful inspiring speech encouraging young people “to take charge of change and imagine what Ireland might yet become”. Warren Conlon, Jordan Kelly and Nicole Hogan received the flag and a copy of the proclamation on behalf of Candle Community Trust. It was a really enjoyable day and a great experience to be part of such an historical event.

On Tuesday March 15th staff and young people gathered at Candle Community Trust to raise the flag that we received to celebrate Proclamation Day.

 

Fetac Level 4 modules on offer in Candle

 

Candle has been working on developing the educational curriculum over the Summer months and are delighted to announce the launching of 6 Fetac Level 4 Modules within the CDETB Training Programme. This is in addition to the Fetac Level 3 (Major Award) in Employability Skills being delivered within Candle. The modules on offer are:

  • Woodwork
  • Metal Craft
  • Painting
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Computers Applications

For further details relating to our Training Programmes please contact Dervella or Carol at 01 6269111. 

 

Wall Art Summer Project

 

As part of the Summer Programmes within Candle members of the Connect, Youth and Training Programme came together to create a colourful and meaningful mural on a wall on the grounds of the centre. Tim McCarthy, Art Director at Re-Ink-Our-Nation facilitated a two day workshop with 20 young people, creating a mural around with the word 'ILLUMINATE', which to them meant 'light up your life' and 'live to your full potential'. To view more photographs click here

 

 

 Ballyfermot Youth Festival Event

 

The Ballyfermot Youth Festival took place last Wednesday the 22nd July in Candle, in partnership with ABLE, Familibase, Cherry Orchard Integrated Youth Services, Ballyfermot Youth Services and St Dominics Campus School Completion. The night was a great success and the sun was out to greet the young people. Over 100 participants aged between 12-18 years from the different youth services attended on the evening. Activities on the night included the Big Daddy Obstacle Course, Sumo Wrestling, Face Painting, D.J and a BBQ. Thanks to all the staff and volunteers who supported the event and to Ballyfermot Partnership for their funding towards this event. 

 

 

New to Candle - Jobs Hub

 

Candle has begun a new initiative 'JOBS HUB' to support young people aged 16 - 21 years in job seeking assistance and career support. The Jobs Hub takes place every Wednesday from 2.30pm - 4pm. For more information please click here

 

 Candle Community Trust AGM 2015

 5th June 2014

This year’s Annual General Meeting took place on Thursday, May 28th,  in Candle Community Trust, with 73 people attending on the night.  Those in attendance included participants from Candle’s various Programmes, past trainees, members of the Board, representatives from CDYSB, CDETB and the Probations Service, Probation Officers, staff, parents and friends of Candle.

Seamus Taaffe, chairperson, conducted the official business of the AGM and then the work and activities of the Trust during 2014 were reflected upon.  Brian Johnston, on behalf of the Board, staff and young people, presented the Annual Report for the year.  It was highlighted that in 2014, while Candle sought to remain faithful and true to the original vision of the organization, it also responded creatively and imaginatively to the new challenges and complexities of today’s society.    4 central themes from the work of 2014, and which are reflected upon in the Report, were focused on.  These included the 3 Year Strategic Plan for the organization and the progress made in year 1, the expansion of the educational programming, the establishment of the Therapeutic Space and the proposals for the redevelopment of the Candle Campus. 

Brenda Long, Senior Development Officer, CDETB, presented FETAC Level 3 Awards to young people on the night. There were 8 Major Awards in “Employability Skills” and 55 Minors Awards achieved in the past year.   Seamus Taaffe also presented 5 young people with Certificates relating to our Peer Leadership Programme for young people.

The voice of young people continues to be very important in Candle and on the evening Terri Stafford (training programme participant) shared her experience of being a trainee.  A video montage of the daily activities within the centre, which had been shot in recent months and which involved many young people, was presented.  The video gave a real flavour of life at Candle and it can be viewed now on our website (under Home Page).   A brief video of John McDonagh, a trainee, receiving Banjo Lessons within the centre concluded the formalities (also available on the website under Youth Zone).  

Following the presentations everyone enjoyed some refreshments and had an opportunity to visit the workshops, classrooms etc and to view the work of the young people.   A model of the proposed plans for the redevelopment of the Campus was also on view during the evening. 

 

 

Well Done on The Mini Marathon

 

 

Well done to all the staff and friends of Candle who participated in the VHI Mini Marathon on Monday the 1st of June 2015. Thanks to all the staff and Board Members for raising funds towards the Redevelopment Fund of Candle Campus and for those who generously donated. 

 

 

Gentle Reminder for our upcoming AGM

 

26th May 2015

The Thirty Sixth Annual General Meeting will take place this Thursday the 28th of May at 7pm in Candle Community Trust.  

 Everyone is welcome here Equally cherished for the gifts they bring to our community

 

 

Restorative Flag raised in Candle

20th May 2015 

On the 15th of May Candle Community Trust was launched as a Restorative Organisation on receiving the Restorative Flag by the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI), Tallaght. Claire Casey, Restorative Practices Programme Coordinator awarded Candle the flag for demonstrating that the staff and young people actively promote and practice the principles of restorative practice. 

Restorative practice is central to our ethos being a core part of everyday life in Candle. We work along a continuum of support from prevention and early intervention work to conflict resolution. Candle believes that all young people have the right to positive approaches to behaviour management, which enables a young person to meet their development milestone. It harnesses on the principles of fairness, respect and honesty, and is committed to building strong positive relationships among staff and young people.

 

 

 

Important reminder for our upcoming AGM

 

28th April 2015

Preparation has already begun for the Thirty Sixth Annual General Meeting for Candle Community Trust, which will be held on Thursday the 28th of May at 7pm. This is a great opportunity to reflect on work of Candle over the past year and launch the Annual Report for 2014. Parents, young people, members of the Board of Management, agencies and members of the community are invited to attend on the evening. More information to follow closer to the date.

 

Everyone is welcome here Equally cherished for the gifts

they bring to our community

 

  

Support the Women of Candle taking part in the VHI Mini Marathon this June

April 2015 

A group of women in Candle Community Trust will be walking and running the Mini Marathon on June 1st. We are looking for your support in fundraising for the Redevelopment of Candle Campus. If you wish to donate and/or choose Candle as your Charity please contact Áine on 016269111, where we have sponsorship cards available. 

 

 

 

Thank You Kylemore College

 April 2015

Candle Community Trust would like to extend a BIG THANKS to Kylemore College for hosting a non – uniform day fundraiser in aid of Candle. In particular Class 602 who organised the event and raised €300 for Candle Community Trust. The photograph is from the cheque presentation on the 27th March. All Proceeds go towards the Redevelopment Fund of Candle Campus. For more information on Fundraising click here

 

 

Operational Plan 2015

 

 January 2015

The Operational Plan 2015 for Candle was approved by the Candle Board of Management on January 29th, 2015.  This Plan outlines in detail all programmes/services to be delivered to young people during the year.  The Plan also incorporates the proposed actions/developments in the area of organizational processes, governance and best practice.  The following are some of the key features of Operational Plan 2015:

 

  • It is the product of a detailed collaborative process involving young people, staff and management which commenced in November 2014
  • The Plan is in line with Business Plans and commitments to our funding agencies including the Probation Service, CDYSB, HSE
  • Plan represents the further roll-out of the Candle 3 year Strategic Plan and is in accord with the ethos, aims and objectives of the organization
  • Plan is informed by, and in accord with, Candle Policies and Procedures
  • The voice of the young person and their needs underpins the decisions included around programming/activities
  • The Plan details the proposed inputs/outcomes for the year ahead and clearly identifies the outcomes to be achieved from programmes/services
  • The Plan will be review quarterly and detail reports of achievements/non-achievements will be recorded
  • Outputs and Outcomes are aligned to specific Strategic Goals in Candle Strategic Plan 2014-16; to the National Quality Standards Framework for Youthwork; to  the National Policy Framework for children and Young people 2014 -2020 (“Better Outcomes- Brighter Futures)
  • Learnings from Operational Plan 2014 inform the Plan
  • Additional programmes for 2015 and improvements on programmes brought forward from 2014 are included
  • There is a strong focus on identifying and realizing Targets, particularly in relation to FETAC accreditation.  These target are clearly identified in the Plan
  • The Plan seeks to engage the skills, experience and commitment of a dedicated staff team
  • Continued emphasis on outcomes with evidence required for achievements
  • Plan emphasises “empowerment”, “responsibility”, “accountability”
  • Plan is in line with anticipated funding allocations for 2015

 

For further information regarding the Plan please contact Dervella McNee, Associate Director, Candle Community Trust.

 

 


 

  

Christmas at Candle 

December 2014

The Staff and Board of Management would like to wish the young people of Candle and their families a HAPPY and PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR.

Over the last number of weeks the young people on the Training programme have got into the festive season by designed and making Christmas cards and logs. Here is a selection of some of the images below.

 

 

 

 


 

'The Homelessness Crisis' – and it's going to get worse!  

   November 2014

Fr. Peter McVerry visited Candle Community Trust on Thursday last, November 20th and gave a very insignful account of the homelessness crisis in Dublin. Over 40 people were in attendance on the afternoon, from schools children, parents, professionals and interested parties to hear about the work of the Peter McVerry Trust and similar agencies in working with the complex issues associated with homelessness. The talk offered a great opportunity to discuss and reflect upon ones's own perceptions of homelessness and the risk some many people face in the future.

 

 

 

Candle Community Trust: Public Talk

 

3rd November 2014 

Peter Mc Verry S.J.  – 'The Homelessness Crisis' – and it's going to get worse! 

 
Candle Community Trust is delighted to invite you to attend a public talk on ‘The Homelessness Crisis’ presented by Peter Mc Verry S.J. (Social Activist). The event is open to all and is suitable for parents, professionals and anyone interested in the topic.
 
The talk takes place in Candle Community Trust, Lynch’s Lane, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 on Thursday, November 20th 2014 at 2.00pm – 3.30pm. Advance Booking Required. Tel: Veronica 01 6269111; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here to view Public Talk information leaflet

 

 


 

 

Volunteer Evening

November 2014

Invitation to Volunteer Information Evening

Candle Community Trust

Lynch’s Lane, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 

Monday 10th of November 2014

7pm -8pm 

 

 Further details on the volunteering section

 

 


 

Ballyfermot Intergrated Summer Festival

2nd September 

On the 17th of August 2014 a Youth Festival Evening was hosted by Candle Community Trust in close conjunction with the Ballyfermot Youth Service,  The Domincian Campus School Completion, Ballyfermot A.B.L.E, Cherry Orchard Equine Centre and The Base. The initiative was subsidised by Ballyfermot Partnership.

The event was a culmination of a number of months of planning from the aforementioned organisations. It involved a live music evening in Candle that young people performed at and other young people were invited to attend and have a barbecue. The Candle grounds were decorated and face painters and jewellery makers engaged, to help create the festival atmosphere.  100 young people approximately attended the event.

 

A number of young people took it on themselves to help with the organisation and the running of the event, especially in the music end of it.  They did this with great energy and good will.  Performers included: singers, D.J, irish dancers and violinist.  All the organisations  worked well together  and with good spirit and grace on the evening, which ensured that a lovely atmosphere was created.

 


 

Positive Feedback from the Summer Conference 

30th July 2014

The Summer Conference which took place on June 19th 2014 in Candle brought together almost 50 staff from IJYS, Probation, HSE and CBO’s based across the County to discuss and develop responses to alcohol & drug misuse among young offenders. Candle Community Trust and the Probation Services co-hosted the day which involved a number of key speakers namely; Vivian Geiran, Director of the Probation Service, Ursula Fernee, Regional Manager, YPP, Marion Rackard, Project Manager, National Social Inclusion Office, HSE, Ruairi Gogan, Principal Officer, IYJS and Philip James, Clinical Nurse Specialist, YoDA, HSE. The conference itself provided the opportunity to share practice and information, validate the work been done across the services and build future networks amongst projects and participants.

  

Candle/Probation Summer Conference

 16th June 2014

The Summer Conference is due to take place on June 19th, 2014 at Candle Community Trust.  The conference will be co-hosted by Candle and the Probation Services and entitled “Exploring Alcohol & Drug Misuse Among Young Offenders & Developing Responses”.

Vivian Geiran, Director of the Probation Service will give the opening address, followed by Ursula Fernee, Regional Manager, YPP who will present the findings of the Drug and Alcohol Misuse among Young Offenders – Survey 2012. Marion Rackard, Project Manager, National Social Inclusion Office, HSE will present on HSE's response to Substance Misuse. As part of the afternoon session Ruairi Gogan, Principal Officer, IYJS will address the conference and Philip James, Clinical Nurse Specialist, YoDA, HSE will present on how YODA responds to Adolescent Substance Misuse. The day will be chaired by Janice Kelly, Senior Probation Officer, YPP and Brian Johnston, Director, Candle Community Trust.

The conference will seek to hear from, and validate the work of, CBO's in relation initiatives already taking place across the country and the key feature of the conference will be developing responses to drug and alcohol use among young offenders. It is anticipated that there will be 50 participants on the day with a focus on building future networks amongst participants and projects.

               SUMMER CONFERENCE       19TH June 2014

Exploring Alcohol & Drug Misuse among Young Offenders - 

Developing Responses 

9.00 a.m.         Registration

 9.30 a.m.        Morning Session        Chair:  Brian Johnston, Director, Candle

                       Opening Address       Vivian Geiran, Director, Probation Service

                       Presentation:  Drug and Alcohol Misuse among Young Offenders – Survey 2012

                        Speaker:  Ursula Fernee, Regional Manager, YPP

                        Presentation:  Substance Misuse Strategy

                        Speaker:  Marion Rackard, National Social Inclusion Office, HSE

11.15 a.m.        Break

11.30 a.m.        Group Workshops:    CBO Responses 

                        Feedback &  Discussion 

1.00 p.m.          Lunch   (provided by Candle)

1.45 p.m.         Afternoon Session    Chair:  Janice Kelly, Senior Probation Officer

                        Address:                  Ruairi Gogan, Principal Officer, IYJS

                        Presentation:  Responding to Adolescent Substance Misuse

                        Speaker:        Philip James, YoDA

                        Group Workshops – Developing New Responses

                        Feedback & Discussion         

3.45 p.m.         Close of Conference

 

Directions

 

From the M50/N4 Intersection

Leaving the M50 at the N4 intersection, drive towards the City along the R148.  After the second set of traffic lights (and passing the second garage) take the slip road signposted Chapelizod/R112. At the next set of traffic lights (after the West County Hotel) turn Turn right onto Kylemore Road/Lucan Road/Rright onto Kylemore Road. Travel for 1 km until you reach the roundabout; take the 1st exit onto Ballyfermot Road/ R833. After 350m take the 1st left and you will see Candle at the end of the cul de sac.

From the M50/N7 Intersection

Leaving the M50 at the N7 intersection, drive towards the City along the Naas Road/R810. At the 3rd set of traffic lights turn left onto Kylemore Road/R112 and continue for 1.8km. At the Roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Ballyfermot Road/R833. After 350m take the next left and you will see Candle at the end of the cul de sac.  N71.0 km

From City Centre

Leave the City and head towards the West. After Heuston Station continue along St. John’s Road West/R148 and onto Con Colbert Road/R148. Travel for 650m and take the slip road on your left signposted Ballyfermot. This takes you onto Sarsfield Road/R833, travel for 1.8km and after Markievicz Park (on your left) take the next right.  You will see Candle at the end of the cul de sac.   

Please contact us if you require further details on 016269111.

**Parking Available on site

Dublin Bus routes: 18, 40, 76, 76A, 79, 79A

 

 Great Turnout of the AGM

 10th June 2014

Another successful AGM was held on Thursday the 29th of May in Candle Community Trust. Almost 80 people attended on the night which included participants from Candle’s Training, Connect and Youth Programme, past trainees, members of the Board,  representatives from CDYSB, CDTEB and the Probations Services, Probation Officers, staff, parents and friends of Candle.

After the official business of the AGM was complete, the celebration of the work achieved by young people and staff was reflected upon and Brian on behalf of the Board and Staff presented the Annual Report 2013. Brenda Long, Senior Development Officer, CDEBT presented Fetac Level 3 Awards to young people on the night. There were 44 Fetac Level 3 Awards achieved over the past year (41 Minor and 3 Major Awards). Six young people also received their Safe Pass Certificates. Robert O’ Connor, Liaison Officer, CDYSB also presented 6 young people with Peer Leadership Certificate, the first training programme of its kind to be run with young people in Candle.

 The voice of young people is very important and on the evening John Cooke (training programme participants) and Lee Reilly (youth programme participant) both shared their experience of Candle and Katie Nolan sang two beautiful songs. The night was rounded off by John O' Gorman who thanked the young people and staff for their input on the night and everyone for coming.

 

 


 

 

Gentle Reminder for our upcoming AGM

27th May 2014

The Thirty Fifth Annual General Meeting will take place this Thursday the 29th of May at 7pm in Candle Community Trust.  

Everyone is welcome here Equally cherished for the gifts

they bring to our community

 

 

Invitation to Volunteer Information Evening

Candle Community Trust

Lynch’s Lane, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Wednesday 4th of June 2014

7pm -8pm

Why?

Candle Community Trust  is a youth organisation based in Ballyfermot, Dublin 10.  It’s Youth Service wishes to recruit experienced and skilled volunteer youth workers for their Weekly Wednesday Youth Café Group.

What?

The aim of the service is to  facilitate the participation of  young people in the community in programmes that help to enhance their personal and social development.

The Youth Service educates, empowers and supports young people through:  Weekly Youth Café Sessions (12-14 years), Youth Committee Meetings and Forums,  Social & Personal Development Programmes,  Educational Programmes,  Physical Health & Well Being Programmes,  Provision of Therapeutic Services,  Recreational Programmes,  Summer + Winter Programmes.

Who?

The service is seeking to recruit vibrant and creative individuals who have experience of working with marginalised young people in a youth work setting and have relevant youth work or social care qualifications.

Purpose of Information Evening:

  • Introduction to Candle Community Trust Services and staff
  • Information on the Volunteer Application Process, Volunteer Training & Recruitment
  • Volunteer Information Packs (application form, job description, Candle Brochure)
  • Time and Space for Consideration and Consultation

For more details on Candle Community Trust please visit our website:  www.candletrust.ie

For booking your attendance please e-mail Michael Ruddy on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and any further enquires please contact  on (01) 626 9111.

 

 Countdown to the AGM

6th May 2014

There is just over three weeks to go until the Thirty Fifth Annual General Meeting for Candle Community Trust, which will be held on Thursday the 29th of May at 7pm. This is a great opportunity to reflect on work of Candle over the past year and Launch the Annual Report for 2013. Parents, young people, agencies and members of the community are invited to attend on the evening.

 

Summer Conference

6th April 2014

Candle Community Trust in collaboration with the Probation Services, will host a 1 Day Conference in June 2014. The Conference will focus on the findings of the Probation Service Survey, 2012, entitled "Drug and Alcohol misuse among young offenders on Probation Supervision in Ireland" and will consider the responses which Community Based Organisations are already implementing while offering some new possibilities for the future. Ursula Fernee, Regional Manager, YPP along with Probation personnel will present this significant piece of research, followed by presentations from TULSA (Child & Family Agency) and YoDA, Tallaght.  The conference will seek to hear from, and validate the work of, CBO's in relation initiatives already taking place across the country and the key feature of the conference will be developing responses to drug and alcohol use among young offenders. The Conference will take place in Candle Community Trust, Ballyfermot on the 19th of June and include staff from Young People Probation Projects across the country, the Probation Services, TUSLA, YoDa and Candle. More details to follow. 

 


 

 Good turn out for the Restorative Practice Seminar

    4th April 2014

On Thursday the 27th of March Candle Community Trust and Ballyfermot Chapelizod Partnership co-hosted a seminar on Restorative Practice in Candle, as part of the Dublin 10 Restorative Practice Steering Committee. The aim of the steering committee is " to build the foundations that will allow us to begin the process of embedding Restorative Practice in the Dublin 10 area".  The seminar is one way in which the committee can recognise and build upon the skills, expertise and knowledge of Restorative Practice currently in the community (as part of Outcome 1: Training and Development). Jim McGrath from Netcare facilitated a number of group discussions around people's experience of using restorative practice, and the challenges organisations and the community face implementing it. Representatives from Ballyfermot Partnership, ABLE, Probation, School Completion Programme, Ballyfermot Youth Services, Dublin City Council, Caritas College, Trust; Ballyfermot Social Intervention Initiative and staff from Candle Community Trust discussed the benefit of a multi agency approach of using restorative practice within the community and the opportunities for ongoing interagency support for practitioners, peer learning and future training. 

 

National Quality Standards Framework  

25th March 2014

The Youth Programme within Candle are currently engaged with the National Quality Standards Framework (NQSF) Process. The NQSF for youth work is a Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) initiative designed as a developmental process for youth projects and services across Ireland.  It provides a structured framework for organisations to assess, indicate and enhance their work. The NQSF Implementation team has been established and their first meeting is  scheduled for next week.

 

Seminar on Restorative Practice


                        24th March 2014

Candle Community Trust and Ballyfermot Chapelizod Partnership will co-host a seminar on Restorative Practice on Thursday March 27th from 1.30 - 4.30pm in Candle. The purpose of the seminar is to offer practitioners of restorative practice an opportunity to reflect on their experience of restorative practice and to build support/training opportunities for the future. Those interested in the seminar should contact Niamh Crudden @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Date for the Diary

 Feburary 2014

Candle Community Trust Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Thursday the 29th of May at 7pm. More details to follow. 

 

Board adopts Strategic Goals for organisation

January 2014 

In January the Board of Management adopted the Strategic Goals 2014-2016 and Operational Plan 2014 of Candle Community Trust. The Strategic Goals and Operational Plan have emerged from a detailed process of consultation during 2013.  The contents of both have emerged slowly and grown organically from a range of interactions and engagement with all relevant stakeholders.  The goals and plan represent the results of the wisdom and opinions of various groups and to this extent it is envisaged that there will be a shared sense of ownership of, and commitment to, the final product.

The stakeholders who informed the Strategic Goals and Operational Plan were the Management, Board, Funders, Staff and Young People.

 

7 STATEGIC GOALS 2014 - 2016

 

  1.  Expand Educational Programming

  2.  Develop a Therapeutic Space

  3.  Resource existing Youth Programme

  4.  Lead out creative and innovative responses to  the developments in the area of Youth Justice

  5.  Build the profile of the Organisation 

  6.  Design appropriate physical space/premises

  7.  Devise fund raising strategy 

 


 

Public Talks are a great success

 November 2013

Dr Tony Bates (founder of Headstrong) gave an insightful talk on Youth Mental Health to an audience of 50 people made up of parents, staff and local representatives from schools and agencies in Candle Community Trust on November 28th. Tony spoke about the association between good youth mental health and the availability of at least One Good Adult in young people’s’ lives. Tony summed up the interesting talk by saying that we are all potential good adults in the lives of young people we know in our community. Candle Community Trust would like to thank all those who attended the Public Talks held in the centre over the month of November.

On Thursday November 14th, Mr. John Lonergan, the former Governor of Mountjoy Prision presented a talk "Parenting - The Challenges and Rewards", as part of two public talks being hosted by Candle over the month of November. The night was a great success with over 50 people attending which included parents, staff and representatives from local schools and agencies. John gave a lively and vibrant talk on raising children in todays society which was of great benefit to parents and professionals alike.

  

Public Talks

 

 

                 PARENTING - THE CHALLENGES AND REWARDS

                      

          Speaker: Mr. John Lonergan, former Governor of Mount Joy Prison

        Date: Thursday, 14th November 2013, 8.00 p.m.

 

 

                   "ONE GOOD ADULT" - A REFLECTION ON YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

         

                 Speaker: Dr. Tony Bates, Clinical Psychologist and founder of Headstrong

              Date: Thursday, 28th November 2013, 8.00 p.m.

 

                  

            Please come along and enjoy the talks with us...

            Everyone Welcome

 

 


 

 

    Ballyfermot Youth Festival

    Mon 22nd July - Wed 24th July 2013

 

   Day 3

     Candle BBQ and Concert... 

      What a great end to an amazing Youth Festival....

       Such brilliant young talent......

Candle BBQ and Concert 2013  

 


 

 

 

 

Annual General Meeting 2013

Our recent AGM kicked off without a hitch and was a great success...

Young people, parents, staff and professionals from all the agencies we work with came together to celebrate all the hard work completed over the past year. The images below gives you a flavour of the  AGM activities.


 Our Recent Art Project