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22 Victoria Road
Derry~Londonderry
Northern Ireland
BT47 2AB

Tel: +44 (0) 28 7134 2100
Email: general@loughs-agency.org

Dundalk Street,
Carlingford,
Co Louth,
Rep. of Ireland

Tel: +353 (0) 42 938 3888
Email: carlingford@loughs-agency.org

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Ambassador Programme – Now recruiting!

Loughs Agency are delighted to announce they are recruiting for the next Ambassador programmes which will run in Foyle and Carlingford areas.

Loughs Agency’s Ambassadors Programmes are designed to connect young people with their local waterways, coastline and wildlife through recreation, volunteering and conservation opportunities.

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Using the John Muir Award, we encourage our Ambassadors to discover more, explore more, conserve more and share more. Since 2014 close to 100 teenagers from the North West have graduated as Foyle Ambassadors with a greater understanding and respect for the river that so many of us take for granted. In 2019 we are excited to launch our first Carlingford Ambassadors Programme.

Ambassadors do not only build lasting connections with wild places, they also build lasting friendships with people from different backgrounds. The experiences they gain provides them with skills for life through fun, friendship and adventure.

Loughs Agency feel that our Ambassadors Programme has the potential to reach many more young people, creating stronger communities and inspiring everyone to love our waterways.  This Easter, Loughs Agency will be running 2 different Ambassador Programmes. These will both be 5 day long programmes during which the participants will take part in water-sports, conservation projects and much more.

Watch this video of one of our previous programmes to get an idea of what its like .



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Foyle Ambassadors
Date: 15th – 19th April 2019
Location: Loughs Agency HQ, Prehen, Victoria Road

The Foyle Ambassador programme is a FREE Easter programme aimed at 14-17 year olds from the Foyle area who are interested in the enjoying and exploring the natural environment. The programme will run for 5 consecutive days starting Monday 15th April and ending Friday 19th April.

The Ambassadors will meet at Loughs Agency HQ at Prehen at 9:30am each day and they must be collected at 4:30pm.

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities  from water-sports to conservation projects. Throughout the programme they will have the chance to discover the River Foyle, gain qualifications, learn new skills, make new friends and discover new possibilities and opportunities.

The common theme of the project is the river and the purpose of the programme is to get young people connected with the River Foyle, its tributaries, estuary, coast, its wildlife and the recreational opportunities it holds. The hope is that participants on the programme will develop a new and positive understanding of the river and its resources.

If this sounds right up your street, please fill in the expression of interest form by noon on Friday 22nd March.

Applicants will be invited attend one of two short information sessions in Loughs Agency HQ Prehen on either 27th or 28th March at 18:00.

The programme is delivered by Loughs Agency in partnership with Cooperation Ireland and supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Reconciliation Fund.


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Carlingford Ambassadors
Date: 22nd – 26th April 2019
Location: Newry City, exact location to be confirm

The Carlingford Ambassador programme is a FREE Easter programme aimed at 14-17 year olds from the Newry/ Carlingford area (please check Catchment Map below) who are interested in the natural environment. The programme will run for 5 consecutive days starting Monday 22nd April and ending Friday 26th April.

The Ambassadors will meet at a location in Newry (TBC) 9:30am each day and they must be collected at 4:30pm.  Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities from water-sports to conservation projects. Throughout the programme they will have the chance to discover Carlingford Lough, gain qualifications, learn new skills, make new friends and discover new possibilities and opportunities.

The common theme of the project is the lough and the purpose of the programme is to get young people connected with the Carlingford Lough, its tributaries, estuary, coast, its wildlife and the recreational opportunities it holds. The hope is that participants on the programme will develop a new and positive understanding of the lough and its resources.

If this sounds right up your street, please fill in the expression of interest form by noon on Friday 22nd March.

Applicants will be invited attend an information session in Newry (location to be confirmed) on Saturday 30th March at 12 noon.

The programme is delivered by Loughs Agency in partnership with Cooperation Ireland and supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Reconciliation Fund.

 


FAQs
How much does it cost to take part in the programme?
Zilch! Nada! it’s FREE!

Do I have to bring a pack lunch?
A simple packed lunch will be provided. You may like to bring a bit extra to help power you through all our exciting activities.

I turn 18 during the programme. Can I still take part?
Unfortunately not.

I turn 14 during the programme. Can I still take part?
Unfortunately not. You must be at least 14 by the start of the programme.

I have taken part in a previous Ambassador programme.  Can I take part again?
Preference will always be given to first time Ambassadors, no matter when expressions of interest are received.

I can’t take part in every day of the programme. Can I still be selected to be a participant?
Preference will always be given to those that can commit to the full programme.

What will I gain from this programme?
With full attendance and participation the Ambassadors will work towards a John Muir Discovery Award, they will experience different water-sports, they will gain skills for life and make lasting connections with other young people.

How are participants selected?
Shortlisting will be based on:
• date when Expression of Interest forms are received.
• applicants that can commit to the full programme.
• information provided on their Expression of Interest- Why I would like to take part in the programme.
• first time ambassadors will be given preference.
• be within the specified age range.

I can’t attend the information session. Will I still be considered for the programme?
Yes you can still be considered. If you cannot attend the information sessions we will arrange a suitable time to have a quick telephone conversation.

I have a disability. Can I still take part?
The programme will involve water-sports and moving over rough terrain. Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

Please contact Allan Bogle (Community Engagement Officer) if you would like any more details:
E   allan.bogle@loughs-agency.org
T   +44(0) 28 71342100
M  +44(0) 77 89372409

 

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