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New toolkit to help young people get healthy amount of sleep launched

NYCI's Youth Health Promotion programme was delighted to support the launch of 'The Sleep Programme' - a practical tool which aims to address poor sleep habits among young people - earlier this week. Initial seed funding for the resource was provided through the National Youth Council of Ireland’s (NYCI) Connected Communities programme.

The Sleep Programme is a joint initiative between HSE, Tusla’s School Completion Programme, Crosscare’s East Wicklow Youth Service, East Coast Regional Drugs & Alcohol Task Force, Daughters of Charity Child and Family Service Arklow Springboard, Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board, and was funded by the National Youth Council of Ireland Connected Communities Programme and Co. Wicklow Children and Young People Services Committee. Find out more >>

Physical activity in the youth work sector. We asked, you answered!

In 2016/2017 NYCI’s National Youth Health Programme conducted a rapid needs assessment on physical activity with the youth work sector. The purpose of this research was to inform the NYHP about gaps in knowledge, capacity and training in relation to the provision of physical activity programmes and the promotion of physical activity across the youth sector, so we can take action. You can see the highlights in our infographic here  and read the report here

Calling all youth workers, volunteers and youth arts practitioners in Cavan and Monaghan!

Following on from a successful similar initiative in the NorthWest, NYCI Youth Arts Programme in association with Cavan and Monaghan ETB and Cavan and Monaghan Arts Services is organising a youth arts networking day which will offer youth workers the chance to network with others doing similar work. The day also includes a practical workshop with Young Irish Filmmakers. Find out more >>

Evaluating outcomes: How to use 'Capturing Magic'

Our latest Youth Arts blog post is a practical guide to using NYCI’s ‘Capturing Magic’ – a tool for evaluating outcomes in youth arts projects, in line with the National Quality Standards Framework. You'll find this guide, and a wealth of other tools and resources for youth workers here>>


NYCI is delighted to partner with the European Youth Forum on what is Europe’s BIGGEST youth political festival in 2018 – YO!FEST – June 1st and 2nd 2018. Over 8,000 young people from across Europe will gather together for passionate debate and engaging politics. We will have a group of 20 young people and youth workers participate at YO!Fest and we will deliver two workshops on the SDGs – one inside the Green Hub on the fringe of the festival and one inside the European Parliament in Strasbourg. You can find out more information via: and follow online via and #EYE2018 #YoFest

SDG Towns

We have had great feedback and interest in the SDG Towns Pilot Project. To date, we’ve held meetings in Donegal, Cork, and Tipperary. Galway, Wicklow, and Meath will be visited over the coming weeks as we work to support young people and the youth sector to take ownership of the SDGs, to map and adapt the 17 Goals to their own lives at a local level. The principle of ‘Leave No One Behind’ is central to this initiative and the foundation on which the project has been built. We are available to deliver workshops and trainings on the SDGs and on the SDG Town Project if YOU are interested. Contact: and we will follow up with you.

Coalition 2030

On St Patrick's day as part of the #GlobalGreening, we want to #GoGreen4GlobalGoals to promote Agenda2030 Sign up TODAY to the Thunderclap and let's share the story of the Sustainable Development Goals

Child Protection: Boards of Management Responsibilities

NYCI’s Child Protection programme can offer its members an information session for boards of management on their responsibilities for safeguarding and child protection. For more information or queries

Child Safeguarding Statement

The National Youth Council of Ireland's Child Safeguarding Statement is available  here in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015.

Dympna Meaney Women's Leadership Development Fund

The Dympna Meaney Women's Leadership Development Fund provides bursaries to grassroots women working to combat gender based  in the global south. The Fund was established in Dympna's name because in her short life she was a tireless champion of women's human rights and made a great contribution to development education in NYCI, as a teacher and as an activist. Since it's establishment in 2014 the Fund has supported almost 20 women working in Asia, Africa and Latin America to access skills building opportunities to strengthen their work against violence against women. Find out more about their work here: nvolved-join/active-groups/


Young Voices - EU Structured Dialogue Cycle VI

Over the last couple of months 712 young people from across the country have taken part in Consultation activities as part of the development of the new EU Youth Strategy. As always for updates and further opportunities with Young Voices check out the website

‘Making Links’ regionally based seminars

'Making Links' is for anyone in Ireland who is running a minority ethnic youth group already or who has advanced plans to run a minority ethnic youth group.

The first in a series of regionally based seminars to share practice and to determine training needs takes place on April 7th. Register your interest here. Training will be developed and provided based on group leader’s needs. It can range from understanding youth work and how to work with groups, to registering your youth group and meeting Governance and Financial procedures.

How can we best help you?

We are asking you to complete a short survey so that we can ensure that Making Links meets needs, both in terms of issues and geography.   We’d really appreciate your support in spreading the word on this:

Email or with any queries

Young Men's Health in the Youth Work Sector

Throughout the year, the NYCI National Youth Health Programme works closely with the Men’s Health Forum to promote and highlight Men’s Health. Men’s Health week will run from June 11th to 17th, this year. It aims to promote a holistic approach to men’s health and wellbeing, not focusing exclusively on their physical health but also on their mental, spiritual, emotional and sexual health.
This year we want to hear from you and your men. What are the issues affecting the young men in your organisation today? How can we help?

The short survey will take approximately 3 minutes to complete and so we would encourage you to take this opportunity to highlight the issues that are important for you and the young men in your organisation, to help us support you and the youth work sector.

Member's News

Ógras Clubs, Camp and Bliain na Gaeilge

Idir Clubanna, Campaí agus Bliain na Gaeilge tá Ógras thar a bheith gnóthach i mbliana. Táimid ar bís ní amháin go mbeimid ag glacadh páirt i mórshiúil BEO ar an 14ú lá d'Aibreán, ach freisin táimid ag glacadh páirt i mBliain na Gaeilge lenár gComórtas Dúshláin Gaeilge. Chun tuilleadh eolas a fháil faoi, téigh chuig Tuilleadh eolas faoi Ógras, campaí agus níos mó le teacht, coimeád súil ar ár suíomh:, agus leathanach Facebook: chun fanacht ar an eol fúinn! Féach ar ár Nuachtlitir anseo:

Between Clubs, Camp and Bliain na Gaeilge Ógras has a jam-packed schedule this year. We are excited to announce that as well as taking part in the BEO event on April 14th, Ógras will also be taking part in Bliain na Gaeilge with our Irish Challenge Competition. More information here: More information on Ógras, camps and more to come, keep an eye on our website:, and Facebook page: to keep up-to-date! Check out our March newsletter here:

Youth Work Ireland online music toolkit

Youth Work Ireland is very excited to announce the launch of our online music toolkit to support youth workers and those working with young people to use music as a tool to empower and engage young people. This launch marks the end of over two years of work by several international youth music education partners with all those involved collating and reflecting on their best practices to bring together this resource. This project was funded through the Erasmus+ programme with the support of Léargas. This launch event will showcase the online toolkit to attendees. Register here >>

JCI Ireland Spring Conference 2018 - Public Speaking & Debating

JCI Ireland is organising a full day of Public Speaking and Debating training and competitions on Saturday, 24th of March in Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny. Top trainers will be challenging you to become your best in Public Speaking and Debating. JCI (Junior Chamber International) is a global leadership and development organisation for people in their 20's and 30's. Book on

Volunteers for Gaisce/ Foróige clubs North Dublin city

Gaisce in partnership with Foróige want to give students in Dublin city that have achieved their Bronze award the chance to progress to their Silver award in a non-school setting. So we are setting up new Gaisce/ Foróige clubs in three locations in North Dublin city, and we need volunteer leaders to help mentor the young Gaisce participants and to run the weekly clubs. Click the link for more information/ role description:

Irish Girl Guides launches its #becomeavolunteer campaign

To mark International Women’s Day, Irish Girl Guides launched a recruitment campaign to encourage more women to #becomeavolunteer. 3,000 girls are on waiting lists to join and more volunteers are urgently required. The rewards from volunteering are immeasurable – confidence, fun, friendship and the opportunity to develop skills and talents. Find out more here.

SpunOut Action Panel recruitment, Irelands largest youth information website is beginning a period of growth in its engagement with young people by expanding the Action Panel into regional networks. The Action Panel aims to facilitate and engage the voices of young people, which will in turn lead the direction of the organisation. The new structure will include hubs based in cities Dublin, Cork and Galway, along with Carrick on Shannon.


Albania: European Voluntary Service project

Voluntary Service International (VSI) are looking for 10-12 young people, particularly young people with fewer opportunities, to participate in a group European Voluntary Service (EVS) project in Albania for 4 weeks. Here’s a brief description of the project: 4-week group volunteering on Human Rights Albania, 21 May 2018 – 21 June 2018

International volunteering with VSI: Voluntary Service International (VSI) offers volunteering opportunities (1 week - 12 months) for young people in areas such as human rights, social care, environmental and animal protection, sports, cultural events, etc. in Ireland and abroad. The aim of these projects is to develop young people's skills, enhance their employability, and promote intercultural understanding and active citizenship. For more info, please contact Mateja:


Vacancy: Director – World Scout Moot 2021

The World Scout Moot is an official event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).  It is specifically designed for young people aged between 18 and 25 years inclusive, from National Scout Organizations that are members of WOSM.  The World Scout Moot is held every four years and is each time organized by a National Scout Organization appointed by the World Scout Conference, under the supervision of the World Scout Committee and with the support of the World Scout Committee and the World Scout Bureau.  The 16th World Scout Moot in 2021 is being hosted and organized by Scouting Ireland.

Find out more here.


ISSU Annual Assembly

The Irish Second-Level Students' Union is holding their Annual Assembly on the 29th of March from 10-4PM at the Liberty Hall in Dublin. Represent your student council at the Irish Second-Level Students' Union Annual Assembly 2018! The largest statutory meeting in the ISSU calendar will include national elections to our Student Executive Board, union policy, constitutional amendments, and annual reports. There'll also be a forum for debate and discussion around student councils and student rights in Ireland, as well as student representation and political influence. For more information visit or check out our social media pages.

Register now for the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards 2018

The Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards celebrate youth action and the positive difference young people make in their community. The awards are open to all youth groups and individuals aged 10-18. To register for the awards visit

Youth Sector News

Oireachtas Review of the Irish Aid Programme

The Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence has completed its review of the Irish Aid programme and published its report in February. As part of the review, the Committee met with stakeholders, considered written submissions from the public and visited two of Irish Aid’s key partner countries. Among the findings from the report is:

The Committee calls on the Government to find ways to strengthen support and funding for innovative ways of engaging with the public, particularly young people to communicate the achievements of the Irish Aid programme and encourage ongoing participation in initiatives focused on development education and volunteering. See Report >>


Dóchas Conference 2018 'Changing the Narrative: Building Support for Global Development':

3 May 2018, Croke Park Conference Centre: The Dóchas Conference 2018 will consider the challenges and opportunities to engage the public in the fight against global poverty, inequality and injustice. Delegates will hear from expert speakers and participate in workshops to stimulate ideas and learning on how we can tell our story about the importance of global justice and equality. Find out more and book your place:

Seeds for Integration Programme - funding

Seed-funding on two scales: In the first pillar of Seeds for integration programme we are providing small and large scale grants to grass-roots groups of school students, local, regional and national school student unions, so that they have resources to develop targeted local initiatives or projects with a regional or national level impact. For small scale projects we fund you up to 1000 Euros. This grant is awarded to local and regional secondary school student unions or small groups of students linked to either a particular school council or a grass-root community. For large scale projects we grant up to 4000 Euros. This grant is reserved to OBESSU membership (Member, Candidate and Affiliate Organisations). Find out more >>

Erasmus+ Mobility Tool Training

This year Léargas are considering how to best support projects to use the Erasmus+ Mobility Tool. Options include separate training sessions, video tutorials and webinars. All would focus solely on training for beneficiaries to manage their projects through the mobility tool. Please let them know your needs and preferences by completing this short survey.


CoOp Survey for youth organizations and organizations working with young people

The survey is developed within the CoOp (Cooperate to Operate – bringing together youth organizations and SMEs through corporate social responsibility) project, co-financed by European Commission through Erasmus+ Programme. The objective of this study is to understand how youth organizations, from Norway, Ireland, Poland, Greece and Romania, interact with small and medium companies/enterprises (SMEs) from their community; and what the youth organizations' needs are in regards to collaboration with the private sector. Find out more >>

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland provide funding and support to high-potential social entrepreneurs to tackle Ireland’s social problems. There is €350,000 available and deadline for applications is 20th March 2018. More information can be found on (via Carmichael Centre).

‘Get Animated about Rights’ competition!

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Ireland’s Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Ombudsman for Children’s Office has teamed up with Ireland’s top animators to invite children and young people, including those attending primary or secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland, to create an image of the children’s rights that means most to them. Five winning original artworks will be chosen by our judges from Cartoon Saloon, Kavaleer Productions, Mooshku and PINKKONG studios to be animated and shown on the OCO website. Winners will also receive a special tour of Brown Bag animation studios. Find out more >>

Erasmus+ April Application Deadline

The next deadline is 26 April 2018, 11:00 am Irish time.  This is for projects happening between 1 August and 31 December 2018. Learn more  >>>


Let’s Talk about Drugs National Youth Media Awards Competition

The “Let’s Talk about Drugs” National Youth Media Awards Competition 2018 is a creative and empowering competition for young people aged 12-25. The deadline is the 9th of April 2018. To enter, young people are asked to research topics or share their personal experiences and create either: a short video, an audio podcast, a news article or a poster. You will find full competition details at

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