Connor Youth Leaders recognised at Youthlink presentations

Thursday July 7th 2011

At the Youthlink NI awards are, from left: Cathy Galway, Dept of Education, Linda Wilson, Dept of Education, Paddy White, Director of YouthLink NI, John O’Dowd, Minister for Education, Peter Hamill, vice-chair Youthlink NI and Connor diocesan training co-ordinator, and Jim McDowell, Youthlink NI.A number of youth leaders from Connor Diocese have received certificates from Youthlink  NI.

Youthlink recently held three presentations between Omagh and Belfast to celebrate the success of more than 600 young people and youth leaders who achieved accredited qualifications through the organisation.

The successful leaders from Connor were:  OCN Youth Work Level 2 – Stefan Berry (Ballyclare), Chris Hackworth (Whitehead), Ryan Moffett (Woodburn, Carrickfergus); OCN Youth Work Level 3 – Annie Kidd (Glengormley), Andrew Neill (Glenavy); OCN Outreach and Detached Work – Gillian Millar (St Paul’s, Belfast), Dianne Rhodes (St Paul’s, Belfast); Kairos Training the Trainers – Catherine Little (Church of Resurrection, Belfast).

Gillian Millar and Dianne Rhodes from St Paul and St Barnabas Parish, received OCN Level 3 certificates in outreach and detached youth work from Youthlink NI.TheVen Barry Dodds, Archdeacon of Belfast, represented the Church of Ireland at the event and gave out certificates along with other leaders from Methodist, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic Churches.

Young people from St Paul’s, Tigers Bay, performed worship songs as an introduction to the event.

Peter Hamill, Connor Diocesan Training Co-ordinator and vice-chairperson of Youthlink NI, said:  “It is great to see so many young people and leaders from across all denominations achieve awards in excellence in delivering youth work.

“It is particularly heartening to see so many from Connor Diocese involved and hopefully they will encourage others to train for
Celebrating the Youthlink NI awards in Belfast.leadership roles.”







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