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New Website for children preparing for Secondary School

Galway Rural Development - Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Step Up Website is now online

The new website is online now.  This website is for all the children, and their parents, who are starting secondary school after the summer.

 website is designed to be used by 12 and 13 year-olds and should answer a lot of the questions that they will have regarding the move to secondary school.  There’s also a section for parents to have a look through.  There is a lot of information on the site and it will be added to more as the summer goes on so encourage your child to come back to it a couple of times over the summer, rather than trying to go through all of it at once.
Whilst the website is designed to be used mostly by 6th class children, parents should have a look themselves  and feel free to go through it with  their children.
  If you know of any  parents that might be interested in the site for their child, please let them know about

The website has been developed by Planet Youth, which itself is an innovative public project that is being run in counties Roscommon, Mayo and Galway.  It’s based upon the Icelandic Primary Prevention model that has shown huge success in improving health and life outcomes for their young population.  This project commenced
in 2018 here in Ireland and it’s being supported by the HSE, Tusla, and local County Councils and Education and Training Boards. 
 For more information check out

Welcome to the Galway Rural Development website. Galway Rural Development, through the programmes we administer, will continue to work along with other agencies, groups and individuals around the county to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our area. We especially wish to work with those who are most in need of assistance, to provide real opportunities for people to gain significant improvements for themselves and their communities throughout rural Galway.

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.