Omagh Support Group strongly believe that if we are to effectively help our members in their transition and journey of recovery this cannot be done by isolating the individual and only working with them. We need to work with the wider family circle as all have been affected by the trauma. Young people are extremely perceptible and research indicates that trans-generational trauma affects 3 generations. For this reason we believe it is vital we deliver activities that are focused on young people and the family. Within this plan of work is a series of training and development opportunities in areas of active citizenship and peer support, underpinned by activities promoting social interaction and cultural diversity.
THE OUTCOMES OF TRANSGENERATIONAL ACTIVITIES;
- Increased understanding of how we live in a shared society
- Developing and building relationships
- Developing communication and listening skills
- Promoting cultural awareness and diversity
- Breaking down barriers, encouraging communication and constructive friendships
- Benefiting from team building and promoting team spirit
- Building self esteem levels
IMPORTANCE OF THE TRANSGENERATIONAL PROGRAMME
Omagh Support Group deem it important to address third generational issues and by adhering to our inclusive approach, young people are key to our group.
Giving that there is one third of Omagh Support Group’s membership aged under eighteen, it is extremely important that our group address our individual needs as Victims/Survivors of Trauma related activities. Omagh Support Group have already built in youth based work, which should be maintained and developed upon. Having carried out peer to peer training with the youth in SSF 2011-2012, we feel the need to provide them with peer to peer coordinator training in order for the youth to excel themselves and provide support to others through the specially designed training programme.
A generation of young people growing up having lost a parent, grandparent, uncle or aunt are living with the legacy of trauma, in a culture where family is pivotal to community cohesion. The growing youth membership and consistent demand for services geared towards young people is evidence of a continued need for services in this area. A further need to protect our young people confidentiality and protection of our young members. The development of skills within the youth is a central component to the mental health and well being of the youth were they can progress into adolescence and carry their skills and abilities further on in their lives.
ACTIVITIES UNDER THE TRANSGENERATIONAL PROGRAMME INCLUDE;
- Arts and Craft
- Leadership Training
- Movie Night
- Personal and professional development
- Suicide awareness training
- Youth Drop in facility
- Day Trips