Testimonial (FDYS Coolcotts)

My name is Michelle Flood and I am a 3rd year student studying applied social studies at Carlow IT Wexford Campus. For the past 12 weeks I have completed my work placement at the FDYS in Coolcotts.

The Induction, Training, learning opportunities and support I have received from The FDYS and their staff throughout the course of my placement has been truly fantastic. From the very first day FDYS staff in Coolcotts made me feel like part of the team and treated me as their equal.  I was encouraged to freely put forward my ideas and suggestions and was afforded the opportunity, to plan and facilitate activities and programmes with staff supervision and support.  This opportunity has helped me to develop my professional skills and has greatly benefited my learning.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Debbie, Gemma and Eimear for their ongoing support and encouragement, and for making me feel so included and welcome during my time in the Coolcotts Youth project.  While on placement I got to see firsthand their abilities to create a fun, warm and welcoming atmosphere for the young people and their dedication to helping young people reach their full potentials.

I would like to extend a special thank you to Debbie my supervisor for all the time and dedication she has put into my supervision.  The ongoing supervision I have received has helped me to gain confidence in my own abilities, expand my skill set and build resilience as a future social care practitioner. Thank you for your support, and words of wisdom.

Most importantly I would like to thank the young people I have had the pleasure of working with over the past 12 weeks. The young people in the FDYS (Coolcotts) were so welcoming and respectful of me during my placement. I have learned so much from them and they have made my time on placement highly entertaining and enjoyable. I would like to wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

Michelle Flood 3rd year student Carlow IT Wexford campus