Rossa Positive Youth Champions Christmas market proves a big success

Rossa Positive Youth Champions ran an outdoor Christmas market on Sunday 12th December from 12-3pm at the rossa club on Sunday

PICS BY BERT TROWLEN

The Positive Youth Champions are a group of 14-17 year olds who are completing the Positive Youth Champions Programme with Bremar Training, Glen Road, Belfast. This is a leadership and mental health training course where they gain an ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) Level 3 qualification in Leadership. As part of the ILM course they need to work as a team to demonstrate how they can use their new found leadership skills from the course and they thought a Christmas Market would be a great way to do this. All proceeds of the market will go towards further leadership and mental health provision for young people in the club and our local community

Not only was the aim to raise funds for mental health and leadership provision, but to bring the club together at Christmas and create a social event for the calendar, where every member can get involved. The young people also encouraged other young people to put their business heads on and run a stall, offering under 18s a discounted rate to help.

Members across the club got involved in this self-funded event. Some took on stalls to sell their goods, Shorty from Blood Brothers provided entertainment by singing and playing guitar at the market, the Rossa Children’s Choir sang carols, Larry Claxton dressed up as Santa and got selfies with the kids and club members volunteered to help keep things running smoothly

The Positive Youth Champions ran a stall of their own, selling Rossa merchandise that they had specially commissioned, including a one of its kind Rossa Christmas T-shirt and hand-made Christmas products.  They also sold tickets for a raffle to be drawn on Sunday 19th December and were selling bingo books for the Christmas bingo night on the 27th Dec. They toasted marshmallows and sold s’mores. 

There was a Wish Tree, where people were invited to write their names on a star and hang it on the tree. There was a tree lighting ceremony and the Chairperson turned the lights on, while Caragh Shannon said a few words in memory of her Grandfather. The Children’s Choir accompanied the memorial with a few carols. 

The whole experience gave them key employability skills, dealing with the public, cash handling, problem solving and team working. They excelled at every point. We are all very proud of their hard work and commitment throughout the programme and have to applaud Mark & Barney at Bremar training for running the training and really inspiring the young people to get involved

20 stalls were present on the day and 2 food trucks and a crepe stand.

We had a great variety of stalls, from homemade cakes to hampers, bespoke flower arrangements, hurling and Gaelic games equipment, gifts, paintings and photography 

We had over 350 visitors, both from the club and the local community. Visitors seemed to enjoy mulling around the market and catching up with friends they hadn’t seen in a while. There was a real relaxed, festive atmosphere.

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