Case Managers Serena Holmes and Amanda James pictured at the YAP Ireland stand at the inaugural conference organised by The Limerick City-wide Children and Youth Forum, in partnership with Limerick FC in Thomond Park on Monday 7th April 2014.  The conference was held as part of the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival.

The Limerick City-wide Children and Youth Forum is made up of practitioners from the community, voluntary and statutory sector who work with children and young people in the city.  The Forum works in partnership to share information and identify and address gaps in services so outcomes for children and young people are improved.  The conference highlighted, celebrated and shared Limerick’s long history of innovative and excellent youth work and family support that positively impacts on the lives of young people and their families.

The keynote speaker for the conference was Dr. Fergus Heffernan, a renowned Psychologist and Psychotherapist, who is a leading educator in the area of resilience and how it relates to our mental health.  Pat O’Sullivan, Chairman of Limerick FC, also noted: “To see local groups who work so hard in our communities to the benefit our young people coming together in partnership to hold such an event is brilliant. The event will showcase the positive and important work done in our region and Limerick FC are proud to partner such an event”. The founder of “I Love Limerick”, Richard Lynch, a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor was MC for the conference which was an exciting learning event for all.