Foróige recently launched its ‘Linkup Festival’ to support young people’s health and wellbeing before returning to education. Four events were held throughout North Fingal and Dublin to support young people’s health and wellbeing. Foróige recognises that young people are feeling anxious and stressed with the uncertainty of returning to education in September, so they have taken this initiative in leading the way for young people to reconnect, de-stress and build their resilience.On Monday, August 10th, the Linkup Festival was launched in Rush, Co. Dublin. Staff and young people came together to mark the beginning of the festival which will support young people with their return to education. Foróige is leading the way in North Fingal and Dublin to give young people the opportunity to gain the skills to support their health and wellbeing. The first day started with ‘Trails & Tales’, a 5km walk followed by a healthy picnic. The day was about young people moving more and having some healthier food options for returning to education. Day two, ‘Tunes & Chats’, gave young people the time to de-stress with friends while listening to music which can improve their mental health. On day three there was a health and wellbeing guest speaker, with another healthy lunch option being offered to all young people. Jack gave an inspirational workshop on resilience and overcoming life’s unexpected challenges. Day four was about slowing down and taking time to look after yourself through the practice of yoga and meditation. This time gave young people the opportunity to learn new skills that they can practice in their everyday lives. Sarah (Health and Wellbeing youth officer) and co-ordinator of the Linkup Festival said: “The aim is that young people will engage in a positive health initiative at a key time before their return to education. We hope that every young person in our Foróige projects and services will feel more confident, resilient, reconnected and ready for the new challenges they face returning to education, knowing that we are fully behind them, supporting them all the way.”‘Linkup Festival’ is supported by Healthy Ireland through Fingal Children & Young People’s Service Committee (FCYPSC). If you would like more information on Foróige services in your area please contact, a Foróige staff member on firstname.lastname@example.org.