Over the past few months we have had a number of TY and 5th year students from around Limerick (and even Westmeath!) doing work placements here at the Learning Hub. These students have brought great energy and enthusiasm with them and been a wonderful support to Hub activities.
Shane, a student from St Nessan’s Community College, came to us as part of a community work transition year project. Shane has been a member of the Hub since he was 8 years old so we decided to ask him a few questions about his transition from junior member to working as a leader on his placement.
When did you start coming to the Hub/what activities have you been involved in?
When I was 8 years old I started off doing kickboxing, then I heard that they do other activities here so I joined art with my friends. I take part in the St Patrick’s Day parade every year. I also took up music and now I go to the Youth Cafe in the evenings with my friends. We do activities such as soccer and cooking and hangout inside. When it’s too cold outside we watch a film or play games or just have a laugh there.
Why have you kept coming back?
It gives me something to do.
Do you plan to stay with the Hub in the future?
I would like to keep helping out in the Art Hub and I plan to help make the float for St Patrick’s Day this year.
What’s your favourite part of the Hub?
I really enjoy kickboxing and art. I have gone through many belts in kickboxing and participated in many tournaments. We make big floats for St Patrick’s Day each year. We have made a giant horse, an elephant and a bee.
What do you think of the Hub now after your work placement?
It’s a good place because the hub has a lot of activities for kids and older people. The workers here put a lot of effort in to doing the classes for the kids.
Thanks to Shane for answering our questions and to all the students for their hard work on placement here. We hope it was an enjoyable and worthwhile experience.