September 2017

Dear parents/guardians,

Neil Wilson of the Western Region Drugs Task Force has agreed to talk to us on Wednesday night about that organisation’s new initiative, NASA (No Alcoholic Substances Allowed). This initiative was recently launched in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Claregalway (see the attached document).

We look forward to an entertaining, interesting and sociable evening, an opportunity to hear a guest speaker, meet other parents and to hear about the work of the parent council.

The parent council meets on one Tuesday a month to discuss school and fund raising issues. These meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend and are a good source of information about what is going on in your child’s school. As with any committee, officers must be voted in and this year two officers are standing down, the chair and the treasurer; please think about putting yourself forward for a position or suggesting it to a friend. We are always looking for new faces and new ideas and you will be more than welcome!

On the evening, you will be given the opportunity to sign up to either joining the parent council or going on to the volunteer list to help out with fund raising events, or both. In previous years, fund raising has involved, bag packing, cake sales, cash for clobber, a fashion show, chef demonstration, among other things.

TY parents are specifically invited to get involved with their children’s transition year. Parents are needed to help out with the musical and some driving during the year.

Please do your best to come along, and support this event; we are sure that you will find it worthwhile! (And no, there will be no obligation to join the committee or volunteer, if you come – just enjoy the presentation, the cup of tea and the chat!)

Thank you

Seamount Parents Council

Launch of the NASA Bus Safety Initiative

No Alcoholic Substances Allowed!

That’s the message and purpose of the NASA Bus Safety Initiative, which will be launched in County Galway on Friday, the 8th of September in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Claregalway.
The NASA Bus Safety Initiative has been developed by an inter-agency group consisting of representatives from the HSE, An Garda Síochána, the WRDATF and the RSA and it aims to highlight and promote young people’s safety when using private hire buses for travelling to and from events.

Underage drinking, both before, and on the way to, junior discos and events, has become an increasing problem for parents, for bus operators, for An Garda Síochána and other public bodies such as our paramedic, ambulance and hospital services; and of course for our young people themselves.

NASA contains a voluntary code of safety guidelines that participating bus operators observe. Under these guidelines, bus operators manage bookings in a manner which promotes the safety of young people. Amongst the key components of this voluntary code is the undertaking that operators will only accept bookings from persons over 18 years of age and liaise with An Garda Síochána in relation to pick up points and destinations. This is to ensure adequate supervision and to help prevention of underage drinking. The overarching purpose of the initiative is to assist bus operators to work according to best practice and to create an environment where young people can travel to events in a safe and comfortable environment.

In return for their commitment to this best practice and observance of child protection guidelines, the NASA bus operators will be promoted as the operators of choice for the agencies that are bringing young people to events; such as schools, youth and sports organisations.

To date, eight Galway-based bus operators have signed up to the NASA voluntary code and have participated in child protection training earlier this year. These operators are:
Donoghues of Galway Clarinbridge 091 776677
Naughtons Coaches Spiddal 091 553188
Paul Nash Travel Claregalway 087 8161400

Robert Nee Coaches Recess 087 7595538
Owen Linnane Coaches Ardrahan 091 635149
Callinan Coaches Claregalway 091 798324
Colleran Buses Ballinasloe 0909 642236
Reaneys of Galway Barna 091 572478
For further information about the NASA Bus Safety Initiative please contact Garda Ciara Moran at ciara.m.moran@garda.ie or 086 8282621.

Youth Party Guidelines

The NASA Bus Safety Initiative is being supported by venues in the region that organise underage events. These venues are also encouraged to refer to the Youth Party Guidelines. This set of guidelines for organising events for young people has been developed by a coalition of organisations comprising the Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board, Jigsaw Galway, An Garda Síochána and Tusla, Child and Family Agency with support from the Galway and Roscommon Children and Young People’s Services Committees. The guidelines can be downloaded from the Galway or Roscommon pages of www.cypsc.ie.

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