NUIG Students Support GROW Western Region Projects

Each year a selection of second year Commerce students from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) get the chance to work with various voluntary organisations on specific projects.

This year, GROW was delighted to hear that two teams of NUIG students elected to work with GROW. The first project is to work with the GROW Western Regional Team to formulate and cost a publicity strategy for the launch of a new GROW Group in Tuam, Co. Galway.

The motivation for the second project is providing a large network of easily accessible GROW young adult support groups.

The students will work to publicise GROW and GROW meetings within the target young adult age group (18-30). They will carry out focus groups/surveys to gauge the perspective of young people on mental health generally and, specifically, GROW’s existing message.

GROW looks forward to working with the students and reporting on the outcome of the projects before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, a further team of second year Commerce students from NUI Galway worked with GROW’s Western Region to formulate a quarterly regional newsletter.

The students were instrumental in the success of this project and the first issue in Spring, focued on the theme of ‘Renewal’. 500 copies of the eight-page newsletter were printed and distributed through Galway, Mayo and Roscommon day centres, day hospitals and primary care centres.

Following the success of the Spring issue, there was so much quality content – primarily from GROWers – that it was decided to double the size of the Summer edition. It centred on the theme of ‘Friendship’.

In addition to the normal distribution channels, a number of copies were circulated to each of the GROW administrative offices to enable any GROW group to get a chance to get a copy from their Area Coordinator.

The theme of the Winter edition isPersonal Value’ and this issue is being compiled at the moment.