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Let the UN know what you're thinking!

In July 2018, the Irish Government will travel to the United Nations in New York to present on Ireland's progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Our UN Youth Delegates will be producing a report on Youth and the SDGs in Ireland, but they cannot do it alone!  They are undertaking a survey of young people to get YOUR views on issues affecting young people in Ireland and how we can use the SDGs to help solve these problems.

Take the survey here:

Your voice is invaluable! Thank you for taking time to take our survey!

Help shape the future EU Youth Strategy

Join us on Saturday Jan 27th 2018 in Dublin for an important Young Voices consultation event about the next EU Youth Strategy! Get details and register here >> 

Member's News


Hosted by Leargas in Collaboration with Youth Work Ireland
Date: Thursday January 18th, 2018 Time: 9.30am - 2pm Venue: Youth Work Ireland National Office

Registration :

More Info : Trisha Wilkinson

When we talk about a Values Based Approach, what does this mean? It’s the work you do daily with young people, promoting values of Social Justice, Equal Opportunities and Positive Change

This inspiration morning will create a space to reflect on the important values in your youth organisations and projects. It will take time to share what Erasmus+ offers and  time to explore how the Erasmus + programme can support you to embed a stronger values based approach in your work. We will also have the opportunity to hear from a youth organisation how they use Erasmus + funding to bring an International element to their youth group with a values based focus.

Register on the link above and come join us for a New Year Inspirational Morning!

Young Social Innovators Speak Out Tour

Young Social Innovators take to the road in March for their regional Speak Out Tour. The tour, which takes place in advance of the Young Social Innovators of the Year Awards in May, will see thousands of young people speak out at 15 events across Ireland on issues that they believe in, including homelessness, racism in sport, climate justice, mental health, human rights and more. Find out when the tour will visit your region by clicking here.

ECO-UNESCO Youth for Sustainable Development programme in Carlow and Drogheda

In January ECO-UNESCO are delighted to launch our Youth for Sustainable Development programme in Carlow and Drogheda! Places are now open for young people aged 15-18 who are interested in learning and taking action for the environment and sustainable development issues. We are also seeking volunteers in these areas to assist with the delivery of the programme. For more details see:

Human Rights: take action in your local group

Amnesty International Ireland supports young people in youth groups, universities and communities to take action for human rights! The Youth Activism officer Deirdre Walsh can offer ideas for action on our global campaigns and guidance on how to set up an Amnesty group. Standing up for human rights is about being BRAVE, and welcoming those who are being denied their rights. Contact

Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards 2018

The Awards are open to young people who are between the ages of 10 and 18 years at the time of entry. It is recommended that when completing a citizenship project that where possible the group should be either 10 – 12 year olds or 13 – 18 year olds. We also take individual entries aged 10 and up.

How Does Citizenship work? Awareness Action and Evaluation

The Citizenship programme involves young people in become aware of the needs of the community or the wider world; doing something practical about that need, and then checking to see the difference they have made both for the community and to their own learning.

Go into action: The more the young people do here the better - the adult's role is to lead, encourage and support. Set up a citizenship sub group of members and a couple of adult leaders - especially if in a big club. Use the 9 point plan to work out what you are going to do.

Evaluate: the young people reflect on what they have done, the difference they made to the community or issue and what they learned themselves. This involves you asking the young people these questions to get them talking.

For more information, please see the Aldi Foróige Citizenship Programme and awards please email:

Who can enter the Awards?

All young people, aged 10-18 years, who have undertaken a citizenship project in an out of school setting, such as a youth club, uniformed group or Comhairle na Nóg.

Youth Sector News

Have your say in the Review of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Standard Operating Procedure.

CAMHS is the HSE mental health service for young people up to the age of 18, with a moderate or severe mental health disorder that requires input from a specialist multidisciplinary team.

In June 2015 a policy was published which set out how CAMHS should work. This was called the CAMHS Standard Operating Procedure or SOP.

You can read more about the SOP here…/Mental_Health_Servi…/CAMHS/publications/

A group has been set up by the HSE Mental Health Division to review this policy. This group includes clinical staff and management who work in CAMHS, and service users and family members. They want to make sure that the service that young people and their families receive is the same quality, wherever they are living throughout the country.

They want to hear from everyone who uses, works in or has an interest in the service to give feedback on our national policy.

You can do this by sending a written submission of up to 1000 words to no later than 5pm on Monday the 22nd of January 2018.

The submission should include your contact details (name, phone number, postal address and email address).

All submissions are subject to Freedom of Information Acts 1997 & 2003

Comhlámh Trade Justice course

Who should attend?
This course is open to anyone interested in learning about the impact of international trade on the global economy. Are you interested in finding out how trade structures affect your life and those in the Global South? Are you motivated to learn how you can make a difference by campaigning to change these structures? Then the Comhlámh Trade Justice Course is for you!

What is the course about?
This six evening course, organised by the Comhlámh Trade Justice Group, will introduce you to, and demystify, the world of global trade. In the current economic climate we all feel the impact of international trade on our lives. The course aims to get you up to speed on some of the key issues, perspectives and debate around trade, and reassure you that you don’t need a degree in economics to have an opinion on these issues!

What topics will it cover?
We will discuss and debate questions such as the following:
How does global trade work? What role do Ireland, the EU, and the WTO play? What impacts are they having? What does sustainable development and trade look like? What is the difference between Free Trade, Fair Trade and Trade Justice? How are new generation trade deals like CETA going to affect people in Ireland? What trading alternatives are possible? How can we work towards global trade justice?

The course will use a range of methods, including campaigning activities, and will be lively, interactive and participatory. Speakers on the course are leading activists, experts and campaigners for trade justice. The course is introductory, not academic.

How much does it cost?
€30 Comhlámh member
€60 non-Comhlámh member
€2 Refugees / Asylum Seekers



Project Us coffee conversations

Concern are hosting a World Café in St. Peter’s, Cork on the 25th of January 2017 from 18.00. Coffee/tea and light refreshments will be made available. Those interested can register here: remember conversation does not end after the coffee. We are continuing the conversation online. For more information please follow us on Facebook – Project Us!

'Let's Talk about Drugs' National Youth Media Awards

The 'Let's Talk about Drugs' National Youth Media Awards is an annual competition which encourages discussion of drug-related issues by inviting young people to produce a piece of original content relating to drug and/or alcohol use. Deadline to register extended to April 9th. Find out more >>

Community Youth Training Centres in Cork area now recruiting

Community Youth Training Centres in the Cork area are currently recruiting for all courses. Open to young people 16 - 21 years, courses take place in a supportive and holistic environment where young people can gain a QQI level 4 award in a course of their choice and receive a training allowance.More info: and

Roma in Ireland - A National Needs Assessment

'Roma in Ireland - A National Needs Assessment' launches at 10:00 am on the 18th of January in the Royal College of Surgeons. More details on

Higher Education Scholarships for Adult Learners

Deadline for Applications: 1st May 2018. Uversity is now accepting applications for its new Higher Education Scholarships for Adult Learners that are intended to remove financial barriers so that adult learners can unlock their potential and realise their academic ambitions. Uversity’s scholarships will provide full financial support, if required, for the entire period of recipients’ study. They will provide meaningful, multi-annual financial support for recipients to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree for the first time in participating third level institutions in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Scholarships can be any subject area and will be tailored to recipients’ financial circumstances to cover some or all of the direct and indirect costs associated with higher education.

Eligible applicants must:

· be 23 years and older by 1st January in the year of enrolment

· be a citizen of an EEA member state or Switzerland resident in Ireland or Northern Ireland for 3 years or more by 1st January prior to the year of enrolment

· be returning to higher education in the 2018/19 or 2019/20 academic year after a break from education of 3 years or more or have completed a higher education progression / preparation course in the last 2 years. PLEASE NOTE that applicants currently enrolled on a Bachelor’s Programme are not eligible.

· apply to a participating institution(s) on the island of Ireland as per the institutions’ application processes and be offered a place on a Bachelor’s Programme for the 2018/19 or 2019/20 academic year. PLEASE NOTE that applicants DO NOT need to have an offer at time of application but if selected for a scholarship they must have received an offer and registered in their chosen programme to receive their first instalment of the scholarship.

· be able to demonstrate:

· socio-economic disadvantage and financial need (e.g. in receipt of government benefit)

· a clear and stated motivation for returning to education and an ambition for their educational journey

· a drive to succeed and strong work ethic

· an ability to be transformed and transform others as a result of this scholarship and educational experience

· submit an application via Uversity’s online system by 1st May 2018 with the following information:

· biographical / contact details

· details of education and employment to date

· details of financial circumstances and need

· a motivation statement of maximum 500 words

· details of two referees


Successful candidates will be notified in July 2018.


Further information on the programme and application process can be found here.


Requests for further information / clarification should be sent to


Secondary students at risk from social media stress, says Children’s Commissioner

This article from Child in the relates to children aged 11 years who have just moved into secondary school. It refers to the UK, but is relevant for those working in an Irish context too:

"A new report from the Children’s Commissioner for England is calling on parents and teachers to do more to prepare children for the emotional impact of social media before they start secondary school. As children around the developed world return to school after the Christmas break, a new report published today highlights... read more... "

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