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Trócaire & NYCI: Climate Justice Workshop for Youth Leaders

To launch of our new development education youth resource: Climate change: Climate Justice, Trocaire in partnership with NYCI is hosting a series of training workshops for youth workers.

During the workshop we will:

  • Bring you up to speed on the latest understanding of climate change
  • Introduce activities you can use with youth groups to explore the issue through a 6 week programme
  • Tell you about ways we can support you to implement a climate justice project and access potential funding streams

Each participant will receive a copy of Climate Change Climate Justice, a USB with further Trocaire resources and a copy of the How do we know it’s working? Toolkit from Reading International Solidarity Centre. 

In April, we will be hosting a Youth for a Just World event for youth groups in your area on the theme of climate justice.

Where and when:

Dublin – Monday 13th February

Cork – Wednesday 15th February

Timing: 9:30am - 2:30pm

Cost: Free (lunch will be provided)

To book your place or find our more information about the training, please contact Ellen Donnelly, Youth Education Officer at Trócaire on 01 654 9125 or email

Web safety in youthwork

This training equips youth leaders to engage with young people’s online life and to promote online safety. To request an in-house half-day training for your organisation contact

Participants will:
• Increase their knowledge of what young people are doing online
• Be able to identify the risks that are prevalent for young people online
• Identify the opportunities that exist for young people to learn online
• Recognise indicators of cyberbullying and how to deal with it
• Explore what digital citizenship means and what a digital footprint is
•Receive an introduction to the NYCI’s Websafety in Youth Work website
Training supported by free online resource site 

Young Voices 2017!


Join other young people from all over Ireland at the Young Voices planning day in Dublin on January 28th. There are big issues on the table including, diversity, inclusion, vote@16, guidance counselling etc so we need YOU there to help us prioritise and plan for how we will tackle these issues on an Irish and European level in 2017. Click here for more info and to sign up.

Youth Arts Advocacy and Leadership Training for Young People

This training will help you understand how decisions in Ireland are made, communications and working with the media, working with elected representatives and using your voice to promote your message and campaign.

Drawing on NYCI’s advocacy expertise across a range of issues affecting young people for many years, it will equip your group with the skills to take on a burning youth arts issue in your community (you need a new home for your group, you’d like to be able to welcome more new members – or maybe you just want to celebrate and tell everyone about the great work your group does!).

Where & When: Dublin, over 2 days (final dates tbc).

Who for: 3-4 young people plus a leader.

Programme fee: This heavily subsidised training programme is free for successful applicants.
Deadline for applications: Friday, 27th January 2017

Apply now or find out more here >>

NEW: Guidance on Garda vetting

This guidance document explains how the Garda vetting process works and it outlines the responsibilities of organisations. It has been compiled by the NYCI Child Protection Programme for youth work organisations, clubs and projects, and specifically those tasked with ensuring that all staff and volunteers are recruited safely. Download your free copy here >>


Member's News

Global Awareness Programme

The Global Awareness Programme (GAP) in partnership with the Global Citizen Award is an exciting training, volunteering and awareness raising project based on 4 of the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development. 

Volunteer for 8 weeks in a global goals-based project. Examples of Goals previously worked on are Quality Education, Good Health, Gender Equality or Life on Land placement in Thailand, Mexico, Guatemala or South Africa. The 4 lucky GAP winners will receive: return flights, accommodation and meals during volunteer project, pre-departure information and support & insurance, 2 training days, in-country airport transfers, orientation & support from experienced staff. Each participant is asked to raise just €1000 towards their costs. 

Make a difference in 2017 with GAP! Find out more and apply online at: The GAP deadline for entry is Thursday the 9th Feb 2017 for more info contact:

Silver Health Quality Mark Awarded to No Name Club

Find out more about the HQM here:

Congratulations to No Name Club who were awarded their Silver Health Quality Mark Award at their Annual Conference hosted in Athlone Institute of Technology. No Name! Club is a National Voluntary Youth Organisation founded in 1978 with clubs throughout the country. No Name! Clubs are run by and for young people aged 15 years + who come together in a safe and lively environments where there’s fun, friendship and enjoyment without the pressure of alcohol or other drugs. When asked about the benefits of the Health Quality Mark and completing the Specialist Cert, Grainne Fleming, Executive Programme Manager of No Name Club, at the event said ‘Completing the specialist Cert and undergoing the Health Quality Mark process give our staff and the organisation the expertise and focus to achieve the goals set down in our strategic approach’.

In 2015, No Name Club received their first Bronze Health Quality Mark and quickly progressed 12 months later to achieving their Silver award. Their successful and continuous story through the Health Quality Mark process and their work with NYCI is commendable and when asked if they could provide any advice for other clubs wanting to start out or continue with their journey with the Health Quality Mark, Grainne said ‘It is a great process; once you start it really is achievable once the whole organisation is committed.

Just get started. Look at the criteria’s and select the ones that are most appropriate to when you start so you can feel immediate improvement. This really drove us on and helped us see how achievable it was once we started to examine each piece’.

Find out more about the HQM here



Irish Girl Guides do 84,000 #GoodTurns during National Good Turn Week!

A whopping 84,000 #GoodTurns were carried out by Irish Girl Guides during IGG’s first ever National Good Turn Week, which ran from 27 November to 3 December 2016. The #GoodTurns had a ripple effect, benefitting individuals, families and communities across the country. The initiative was launched by Newstalk presenter and former Girl Guide, Sarah McInerney, who said the week would have a positive ripple effect, benefitting individuals, families and communities across the country. Read more here.

EIL Explore: 39 Awards available for Overseas Learning Adventures

EIL Explore is a programme that supports participants with an interest in global issues to travel abroad for the purpose of volunteering, cultural immersion, or language education through a variety of awards. 39 Awards are available for under 18 and over 18 participants. Awardees use their experience overseas to learn more about the global community in a supported environment that challenges them to grow personally. Deadline for application: 9th of February.

More info:

Youth Work with LGBT+ Young People - A Youth Practitioner Symposium

Date: Thursday February 2nd, 11.30am-3.30pm
Venue: Youth Work Ireland National Office
Cost: €10 (includes tea/coffee & a light lunch)

For more details and to book your place, click here>> or contact Gina at / 01 8584512

This event will explore youth work with LGBT+ young people in Ireland and provide participants with practical information they can use to develop services for LGBT+ young people. The event will also give space to some big picture discussion on how the LGBT+ youth strategy may impact on work with young people.




Moninne Griffith, Executive Director, Belong To
Moninne will set the scene for our discussion by discussing current issues in service provision, policy and the lives of LGBT+ young people

Sinead Murray, BreakOUT Project, Donegal Youth Service
Sinead will reflect on her experience in supporting LGBT+ young people in Donegal and share critical issues that have emerged in her practice.

Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI)
One of the greatest demand in terms of support for LGBT+ young people is around Transgender issues. TENI will provide an input that will help participants increase awareness, understanding and inclusion of trans issues in their work with young people.

Gareth Harteveld, Kerry Diocesan Youth Service
Gareth will relate his experience of applying his knowledge and experience as a community youth worker to a new LGBT+ Youth Project in Kerry.

Meaghan McCarthy, Kildare Youth Service
Meaghan will provide a young person’s perspective of LGBT+ issues in Ireland through her participation in youth services, studies and work placement.

Irish language programme of events 2017

Irish language youth organisation Ógras has been working hard on their program of events for the year, and have a host of exciting events coming up! Here are some of the highlights:

Seachtain na Gaeilge 1-7 March 2017, countrywide - Ógras will as always be participating in the SnaG celebrations with events big and small all over the country. From small parties to big challenges in clubs, it's set to be a great fornight for Ógras agus an Gaeilge!

Seó Ardáin, varied dates, Leinster, Munster, Connaught and Ulster - taking place during Seachtain na Gaeilge this year, is Ógras's yearly round of Seó Ardáin or Stage Shows, where clubs compose a performance piece for stage based around a theme and compete with other clubs in their province. This year's theme is The Positive Impact Young People have on the World, and we expect a wonderful display of talents from clubs all over the country on varied dates. Further details here: 

Cluichí Tailteann, 6-9 April, Armagh - Ógras's annual Cluichí Tailteann bring clubs from all over the country together to  participate in sports competitions and compete for personal medals or club trophies. This year, Ógras are looking for ideas as to other competitions we might add, such as creative competitions (battle of the bands, songwriting etc.), so suggestions are all welcome!! More info here:

Summer Camps, July 2017, Leinster and Munster - Ógras hold Summer camps every year for young people aged 7-12. The camps are a fantastic, immersive way to encourage young people to use and enjoy Irish, in a safe and fun environment, while making new friends. These are day camps, running for a Mon-Fri week at a time, in various locations around the country and for a very reasonable fee. See our site for a list of camp dates and locations:

National Student Housing Survey

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has launched a National Student Housing Survey that seeks to assess the housing situation of students across the country and preferences of students regarding their accommodation. Take 20 minutes and fill out the survey to help USI make the Government Student Accommodation Strategy reflective of what students want and enter a draw to win an iPad mini or one of five gift cards. Click here to learn more and submit your response.  


Education for Sustainable Development Leadership Training

ECO-UNESCO, as a Key Partner of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP), is holding an Education for Sustainable Development Leadership Training on 21-22 February (Dublin). This two day training aims to engage with the theory and practice of ESD to empower youth leaders to inspire and mobilise others to take action towards building more sustainable communities as ESD Leaders. The course is free and for young people aged 18-35. For more information and to apply for a place contact or call 01 662 5491.

Youth Sector News

Social Innovation Fund Ireland: Education Fund accepting applications

Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Education Fund is open to projects that are focused on improving educational outcomes (at QQI Level 6 or higher from the National Framework of Qualifications) for those experiencing educational disadvantage. Projects are likely to focus on students at the upper end of second level or starting higher education.  Educational disadvantage that arises from living in a disadvantaged area, socio-economic disadvantage, experiencing mental health or other health issues, or disability are all relevant to this Fund. More information on the Education Fund and how to apply are available on their website here:

X-HALE 2017 Training for Youth Workers

We are now taking bookings for our free X-HALE 2017 Training for Youth Workers and Volunteers in four locations across Ireland from February 7th- 16th.
The X-HALE 2017 Short Film Competition grant call is now open until March 1st. We are inviting youth groups, projects, services and centres to apply for a grant to make and promote a youth-led short film that encourages young people to be smoke free and inspires them to drive the movement towards a tobacco free Ireland.

Global Citizenship Creative fairs

Start the year with inspiration and motivation! ​CIT CCAD's Creativity and change programme invites you to join them for the Global Citizenship Creative fairs/ Training days  in Cork, Waterford, Limerick or Dublin. Find out more here. Book a ticket here

Bridges not walls - invite from ENAR

On 20th January 2017 Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America.

To show our opposition to that fact and to defy the raise of the far right, at the last Members meeting we decided to follow the example of the Bridges Not Walls banner drop action across Britain, which we would like to extend to Ireland. We also encourage you to organise your local Bridges Not Walls event.

Please join us for BRIDGES NOT WALLS DUBLIN event on Friday, 20th January, 10am at Ha'Penny Bridge, Dublin 2 to show your opposition to hate, racism, xenophobia, homo- & transphobia, misogyny and stand up against division and raise of far right around the world.

Together, we will drop banners from bridges across Ireland and Britain to send a message of hope, solidarity, and unity out to our communities, people of the US and across the world on the day Trump takes up the US Presidency. We must all actively defend and stand for the rights of all of our sisters, brothers and fellow - Muslims, migrants, members of minority ethnic groups including Travellers, disabled people and LGBTQ+. We will build bridges, not walls, to a peaceful and just world rid of oppression and hatred.

Ombudsman for Children's Office - Participation and Education Unit

The Ombudsman for Children's Office (OCO) is currently inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates for appointment to a temporary 11 month contract for services with its Participation and Education Unit. The deadline for receipt of applications is 12.00pm (midday) on Friday, 27 January 2017. Detailed information and the application form are available on the OCO's website at

Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures

The most recent issue of the quarterly newsletter on the implementation of the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People and related developments is available online here >>

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