Tipperary Regional Youth Service had the pleasure recently of welcoming Minister for Children and Young People, Frances Fitzgerald into TRYS Café Chillax. The minister was welcomed by members of North Tipperary Comhairle na nOg and young members of the various clubs and projects that take place in the café.
The youth service was celebrating as it was recently presented with a Silver Standard Health Quality Mark from the National Youth Council of Ireland. The aim of TYRS is to improve young people’s awareness of health and health related issues and provide an adolescent-friendly place for young people to meet both formally and informally. The Health Quality Award mark is a standards framework developed by the National Youth Council of Ireland which aims at enhancing best practice and a high standard of quality in all aspects of Health Promotion.
TRYS successfully attained all of the quality standards to receive the Silver award. The staff and young people demonstrated to the assessment team how they had achieved and implemented the criteria for the Health Quality Mark. This involved staff training, policy development and the establishment of support structures that enhances the health and well being of young people and staff. Kevin O’Hagan, Youth Health, Senior Project Officer at the National Youth Council of Ireland in congratulating the youth service, stated:
“This Silver Health Quality Award is evidence that the service is managed and staffed by people who are committed to quality standards in health promotion and the well being of all who use the youth service. It represents extensive work and reflection by the centre to ensure that proper procedures and policies are in place to maintain a health promoting environment for young people and staff. The centre used this opportunity to build on the good work that is going on in the centre and to ensure that their work is in line with national and international best practice in the area of Youth Health Promotion. I have every confidence that this service will continue to be a healthy and safe place for young people and staff and that health promotion will remain a key priority.”
The staff of the service were commended for the high standards and commitment to Health promotion in particular the CEO Cora Horgan and Health Promotion Officer in the service Teresa Normille who guided the service through the process.