Over the past 2 months Foróige Balbriggan have focused their work on the pinewood and Castlelands area of the town. This piece of work has been funded by Fingal County Council as a response to the high levels of mental health issues young people are experiencing due to Covid -19. It has been documented that young people who have been involved in youth work throughout the pandemic have been coping better. Youth work interventions have been lacking in the pinewood and Castlelands area of the town. Foróige have therefore increased their presence in these areas where services were previously lacking.In order to establish Foróige in the community and to ensure all young people were being reached outreach was initially the focus of the project. 2 youth workers from Foróige took to the streets of Pinewood and Castlelands and walked around to find young people who were interested and wanted to join and any young person who could use Foróige for any additional support. They also made sure every young person they came across knew what Foróige was and what we do. 2 Foróige Junior clubs were established with 8 young people in each and 2 volunteer from the area also. The group set out on taking part in arts and crafts, adventure activities, played some competitive sports and made buckets of slime! Our young people have always been at the centre of what we do so they ask, we provide! We currently still have spaces for our Pinewood Summer Programmes, (Junior for 10-12) and senior cafe (13-16 and 16-18). Throughout summer we will be building a community action piece, spray painting, obstacle courses and many more activities. If you would like to register your young person we advise you do so as soon as possible by contacting Aine McGuinness at email@example.com .