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Travis McVeigh – Stay Open

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Centre member has written this song in support of the campaign to save the Downe Hospital

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November Events!

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Patrician Youth Centre has a very busy month coming up!  With all of the normal programme activities please see below for dtaes to be aware of:

Junior Disco! Saturday 8th November
Senior Disco! Saturday 22nd November
Ballykinler CRED Group 6th & 13th November Visit to Lisburn

20th November Host Group PYC

27th November Visit Lisburn

Senior Member Group:

Visit to Portaferry YC

Aromatherapy Session


7th November

26th November

Soccer Tots/Dance Drama 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th November
The Award Programme 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th November
Junior & Senior Trips **CHECK WITH STAFF**



Kick off the Festive Season!!!





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PYC Goes National!

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National Theatre Connections

The Patrician Youth Centre has been selected by the National Theatre London to participate in the exciting national project “Connections 2015”

The annual project sees 10 top playwrights product new pieces of theatre and youth theatre groups around the country are selected to produce them. This is the first year that the Patrician has been selected and the Centre is hugely excited to build on the wide theatrical experience and stage their selection “The Crazy Cool Girls Fan Club” by acclaimed writer for stage and Television Sarah Solemani

Connections aims to:

· inspire 13-19 year olds with high-quality new playwriting

· give companies the knowledge, skills and confidence to bring the plays to life

· involve a wide range of young companies, giving additional support where needed

encourage young people to get involved in all aspects of theatre-making

Director Brian Mullan recently attended a training weekend in London’s National Theatre with the 250 theatre groups across the UK and Ireland working with National Theatre directors and the playwright herself!

This represents a massive new development in the Patrician’s theatre work and as such PYC would like to invite those studying drama at the local schools to come along and audition for the Crazy Cool Girls Fan club—the play will be staged in the Down Arts Centre in February and in the Lyric Theatre in Belfast in April 2015

Patrician is keen to open up auditions to local young people who may be studying drama at GCSE or A Level or who have a very keen interest in drama.  Auditions will take place this Wednesday night in the Patrician Youth Centre!!


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FIFA 15 Nights!

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FIFA 15 is now available in Patrician and the X-Box has never been more popular! Plenty of skill on display and a lot of shouting too!

Come along and enjoy this latest gaming release and see if you have what it takes to be crowned the PYC FIFA Champion.

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Patrician Seeks A Buttons….

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Can you fill the costume…

Cinderella is wanting to go to the Ball but she won’t get and will miss meeting her Prince Charming unless she has a true friend to help her get everything in place: that’s why we need a Buttons!

This key, integral role has been uncast after our audition process and if you think you can take on this role and are 16+ then call into Patrician this Tuesday or Wednesday night from 8.30-10pm and have a chat with our Drama Team!

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Patrician’s Junior Disco

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On this Saturday night for those aged 8-11 – don’t miss it!

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Patrician Programme – sign up now!

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Patrician Youth Centre
Programme Info

Hairdressing & Beauty
Tuesday Night 7-9pm (all term)
Learn about various Hairdressing Techniques and Beauty Therapies
Just come along any Tuesday night. Open to all aged Year 8 +

Drama – Pantomime
Tuesday 8-11 Year Olds: 7-830pm
Year 8+ – 8.30-10pm and
Wednesday 7-10pm for Year 8+
Sign up and participate in our annual production. Singing/Dancing/Acting
Come in Tuesday 23 or Wednesday 24 September.

The Award Programme
Thursday 7-9pm
Sign up for The Duke of Edinburgh or President’s Award. Complete Bronze or Silver level
Registration open until 9th October

Drugs & Alcohol Awareness Programme
Tuesday Nights 7-8.15pm (six weeks)
Learn about the impact of alcohol and drugs in the community
Commences early October – call in and sign up – see John Trainor

Pool League
Tuesday Nights 7-9pm
Club pool league to find the master of pool in the PYC
Come along any Tuesday night and see Mathew Johnston

Table Tennis Club
Tuesday Night 7-8pm
Learn how to play this fast-paced and skilled game
Come along any Tuesday night – see Mark Smyth

Chefs Programme
Wednesday night 8-10pm
Learn how to make some super cool dishes from start to finish and eating too
Call in early October and sign up

Music Tuition (Saxophone)
Thursday Night 8-9pm
Learn how to play this instrument with 1-on-1 tuition
Contact Centre asap – places limited

Specialist Drama Production
Wednesday evening
A new drama programme delivering a specially written script in the Lyric Theatre Belfast
Call in and speak to centre staff by mid October

CRED Programme –Lisburn
Thursday nights – various times (depends on Activities)
A programme meeting other young people from Lisburn.
Aged 9-11 – call in and speak to staff by latest early October

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New programme now active!!

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PYC Film Crew….

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Members are working hard to become budding film makers – participating in a film making competition. The five minute composition doesn’t have a name yet but will focus on the theme of integration into mainstream youth activities for young people with autism.

Good luck with the film making guys and we look forward to seeing the end product!

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CARD Project with Drogheda

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Fifteen members of Patrician Youth Centre, Downpatrick are participating in a project with counterparts from Froige in Drogheda to tackle the important issue of racism, sectarianism and differences in general within our society.

The groups have previously completed an exchange programme with their Drogheda friends that was activity based and this is a natural progression to an issue-based project.

The group met recently in Carlingford and started the process of producing and informational leaflet that will be distributed around the schools in the local areas of Downpatrick and Drogheda.

This is a young person led project and they will decide the content and will produce all the information in it with guidance form Youth Workers.

Commenting group member Michael McManus, 15, said ‘This is a project being undertaken by a group of members about the issue of racism, sectarianism and difference in general.

We are undertaking our project with a group from Drogheda and we met recently for a weekend of activities to get to know our friends before we begin our work.

We will be producing a booklet for local schools and this is a good way for us, as a group of young people, to learn about important issues but also to help teach other people our age about the matter as well.

I like the idea that we can learn about issues in a fun way but also get weekends away and get to go to the cinema, do outdoor laser tag and other fun activities. It is also good that we do it with others from a different town – because it means we get to make new friends as well’

The programme will run between now and Christmas and the group hope to have official launches of the booklet in both Drogheda and Downpatrick over a weekend in November.

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