Our Team

<b>Caolán Faux</b>
Caolán Faux Director
Where are you based?
Cavan & Monaghan

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
Every time a young person achieves something, especially something they try that’s outside their comfort zone; that’s a win to me.

Random Fact about you? I watched my first classic Disney film when I was 17.

<b>Alan Ryan</b>
Alan RyanTeam Leader
Policy and development.
Where are you based?
Castleblayney

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
Working on the detached project where you get to engage with young people on the streets. It gives you a real experience of young people in their own setting and the alternative ways you can help them.

Random Fact about you? I love superhero movies!

<b>Melissa Mackin </b>
Melissa Mackin Team Leader
Youth Information Service
Where are you based?
Carrickmacross

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
Working with young people from the LGBT+ Community and creating new projects with them like the LGBT+ Queer Ball. We also created a booklet called the A-Z OF LGBT, which was a resource for parents, teachers and wider community to inform them of terms, words and issues facing LGBT+ Young people.

Random Fact about you? I can face paint and make animal balloons!

<b> Julie McGuirk </b>
Julie McGuirk Include Team Leader
Where are you based?
Clones

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
Getting to know so many different young people and their stories. They say “if you enjoy what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” and I love my job!!

Random Fact about you? One food I cannot stand the smell of is cucumber!

<b>Con Cullen </b>
Con Cullen Team Leader
Bounce Back Youth Service
Where are you based?
South east Cavan

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
Having the craic with the young people and building positive relationships with them.

Random Fact about you? I get really bad travel sickness!

<b>Gráinne McPhilips</b>
Gráinne McPhilipsYouth Worker
Include Youth Service & Comhairle na nÓg
Where are you based?
Ballybay/Clones

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?

Working as a Co-facilitator for Monaghan Comhairle na nOg. Last year 50 young people held an event and discussed with local councillors; issues facing them regarding transport, mental health and the environment.

Random Fact about you? I have an identical twin sister.

<b>Liam Devanney</b>
Liam DevanneyYouth Worker
Include Youth Service & Comhairle na nÓg
Where are you based?
Clones

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
When two of the young males I worked with in Clones spoke about their mental health in a room full of their peers on World Mental Health Day 2019. It was a massive achievement!

Random Fact about you?
I’m very tall, I’m 6’5.

<b>Kevin Mc Mahon</b>
Kevin Mc MahonSupport Worker
Where are you based?
Clones

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
One of the young people told me I was the “Rank 1 Youth Worker and I make youth club fun for everyone.”

Random Fact about you?
I really did have a great time in Georgia! (The country)

<b>Cassandra Taffe</b>
Cassandra TaffeDetached Youth Worker
Where are you based?
Carrickmacross

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
Getting to know and build relationships with all the young people has been my highlight! It’s the best!

Random Fact about you?
I am obsessed with the sky- the stars, the moon, sunsets, sunrises-you name it, I love it all!

<b>Karen McGovern</b>
Karen McGovernYouth Worker
Where are you based?
South East Cavan

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
Being part of setting up a Bounce Back girls soccer team and seeing them improve week by week not only in skill but also in team work and confidence.

Random Fact about you?
Passionate about sport, and have won numerous county and ulster medals for football throughout the years.

<b>Kerry Nolan</b>
Kerry NolanYouth Worker
Where are you based?
Monaghan

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
Youth in Motion’s Christmas showcase!

Random Fact about you?
I love Grey’s Anatomy !!

<b>Michelle Connolly</b>
Michelle ConnollyYouth Worker
Bounce Back Youth Service
Where are you based?
West Cavan

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
Supporting and encouraging the young people throughout West Cavan to achieve their potential.
In 2019 & 2020 I was part of the team that lead out the Digital Health Conferences in Co. Cavan reaching out to over 1700 young people; educating young people on ways to keep safe whilst on line.

Random Fact about you?
I have an All-Ireland runner-up basketball medal.

<b>Sandra Birdy </b>
Sandra Birdy Youth Worker
Where are you based?
Carrickmacross

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
Getting to know all the fantastic young people.

Random Fact about you?
I love to read. When I’m going through a reading phase I can read up to 5 books in a week.

<b>Shauna Smyth</b>
Shauna SmythYouth Worker
Amplify Project
Where are you based?
Castleblayney

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
That the participants of the groups who have access to Zoom are meeting with me every week druing the COVID lockdown despite only having met me two or three times before.

Random Fact about you?
I have just moved in to a new home with my partner.

<b>Susuana Komolafe </b>
Susuana Komolafe Youth Liaison Support Worker
Journeys Programme
Where are you based?
Castleblayney

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
Experiencing youth growth.

Random Fact about you?
Comfortable with self.

<b> Olivia Hobbs </b>
Olivia Hobbs Youth Worker
Youth Information Service
Where are you based?
Carrickmacross

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
Its been a Privilege to work with and watch the Youth blossom and Move On to different Paths in Life and when your guidance and support has helped in some way……… Also the BUZZ when Fundraising and the Positivity.

Random Fact about you?
Caring and loyal.

<b> Kamila Jancewicz </b>
Kamila Jancewicz Detached Youth Worker
Where are you based?
Monaghan

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
Love working with young people, support them, enable them in their rights and entitlements.
I learn so much from them… I would never suspect myself to be able play Fortnite.

Random Fact about you?
Cat lover.

<b> Méchéila McCaul </b>
Méchéila McCaul Detached Youth Worker
Where are you based?
South east Cavan

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
Getting to meet new young people every week on detached and at the youth cafes. I love getting to know each young person and having a laugh with all the young people and the other staff.

Random Fact about you?
I am a huge Harry Potter fan and when I finish college I hope to do some travelling.

<b> Mary Loughrin </b>
Mary Loughrin Accounts Administrator
Where are you based?
Castleblayney

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
The AGM which was held in August last year, it was a brilliant event with so many young people.

Random Fact about you?
I recently became a granny!

<b> Eve Cullen </b>
Eve Cullen Detached Youth Worker
Where are you based?
South east Cavan

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
Having the opportunity to aid in the facilitation of summer camps and engage with young people from different back grounds and places.

Random Fact about you?
I tried being a vegan for 2 months!

<b>Iosa McCourt </b>
Iosa McCourt Trainee youth worker
Where are you based?
Castleblayney

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
Forming good relationships with both staff
members and young people and been giving the opportunity to carry out valuable work which not
only helps the youth club but also my own personal development.

Random Fact about you?
I tend to listen to songs on repeat while working on something as it helps me focus more.

<b> Jason Brady </b>
Jason Brady Trainee youth worker
Where are you based?
West Cavan

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
Meeting loads of great people, including the young people.

Random Fact about you?
I thrive under pressure.

<b> Ceara Nolan </b>
Ceara Nolan Trainee youth worker
Where are you based?
Clones

What has been your highlight working with YWICM so far?
Building relationships with the young people and other youth workers.

Random Fact about you?
I cant swim yet as I have a fear of water.