18 former participants in the Meitheal programme recently gathered for a weekend’s training designed to prepare them to become trainers of new participants next summer.

18 former participants in the Meitheal programme recently gathered in Castltwon Co. Laois for a weekend's training designed to prepare them to become trainers of new participants next summer.

Training the trainers

18 former participants in the Meitheal programme recently gathered for a weekend’s training in Castletown, Co. Laois. All the group were in Meitheal groups in their school and feel that they want to give something back.

The aim of the weekend was to train and prepare the participants to work on the Meitheal Programme. It is our hope that they will volunteer to work on the residential training weeks next summer.

The leaders who facilitated the weekend were Robert Norton, Orla Reddy, Ed Cahill, John Balfe and Kevin O Connell.

Meitheal

Click on link to download Meitheal Information Booklet

Meitheal is a leadership programme which operates in 19 secondary schools in the Kildare and Leighlin diocese.

The name Meitheal was taken from an old tradition in the west. Farmers living in the same area would have a Meitheal every year, the whole idea being that they would work together to bring in their crops. This built up strong friendships and respect among the people involved in the Meitheal.

Our Meitheal programme is designed to educate and empower young people in their schools.

The students, leaders and others educate each other through leadership, taking action, liturgy, reflection and evaluation.

Residential Training Course

All students who participate on the programme have to attend a week’s residential training course in the summer prior to starting the programme in their schools.

We ask people to step beyond their own needs and to act on the needs of others.

On the training week we give the students the skills to identify needs in their school and how to act upon those needs. Meitheal is also about looking out for the people in your group and maintaining the spirit of Meitheal. We also encourage Meitheal students to use their learning in everyday life with their friends, family and parish.

There are many people involved with the programme in different ways, parents, teachers, students and volunteers who work as leaders each year.

Meitheal is very much about transformation, it’s about trying to make a difference, to make your school a better place for all.

More information

Please contact

Robert Norton

robert.norton@kandle.ie

Faith Development Services

Cathedral Parish Centre,
College Street, Carlow
Tel: 059-9164084
Fax: 059-9164020