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Clár na nÓg December 2011

A Chara,
This has been a difficult time for the youth work sector, with many budgetary measures set to affect us all in the coming year.

At the National Youth Work Advisory Committee (NYWAC) meeting on December 14th we were advised of the following information regarding funding for 2012: -

  • A further cut of 10% to the Youth Service Grant Scheme

  • There will be no cut to the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme in 2012

  • A 5% cut will be applied to the Special Projects for Youth (SPY) funding line;

  • A 5% cut will be applied to the Young People’s Facilities and Services Fund 1 and 2;

It was inferred that Youth Affairs will be mindful of the needs of smaller organisations when apportioning the 10% cut to the Youth Service Grant Scheme.

In response to this devastating news NYCI has requested an urgent meeting with the Minister. I will keep you informed of any further developments. For a more detailed analysis of the budget, see the NYCI Budget 2012 Analysis - Unfair and Austere.

In light of this ever more challenging funding environment, the NYCI Annual Conference held on November 25th was a timely examination of some of the tools and processes which will help organisations to better communicate the value, benefit and impact of what we do. And we do a lot. Now more than ever the vast array of services we provide will be vital to society as a whole.

I believe the sector will respond to the challenges of 2012 positively, working together to ensure that the voluntary youth sector emerges from these challenging times stronger, more resilient and in a better position to serve young people in communities across the country.

Kind regards,

Mary Cunningham




NYCI provides bespoke training and Continuous Professional Development in the areas of:

  • Youth Health

  • Youth Arts

  • Development Education

  • Equality & Interculturalism

  • Child Protection

For further details on how you or your organisation can benefit from NYCI Trainings in 2012 please visit, e-mail or contact Lisa or Elaine on 01-478 4122.  




Seminar:Making the Case for Development Education in Youth Work’

When: Thursday 9th February 2012

Where: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

What: The National Youth Council of Ireland invites you to a seminar to showcase good development education practice in the youth sector and to explore the policy context in which good youth work happens.

Get involved: contact

NYCI acknowledges the funding support of the European Commission, Irish Aid and Trócaire.

Conference: Vote@16 Youth Conference

When: Saturday 11th February 2012

Where: Dublin City Centre

What: Conference for young people who want to see the voting age for young people reduced in Ireland and participate in a national campaign to reduce the voting age to 16.

Who: We are looking for young people and youth workers to participate in this event.

Get involved: Contact for further information

NYCI acknowledges the funding support of the European Commission

Irish Youth Health Promotion Database goes live
The National Youth Council of Ireland’s Irish Youth Health Promotion Bibliography is now live following its official launch on December 7th. The first comprehensive database of its kind, it brings together published and unpublished studies, post-graduate theses, and other research related specifically to health promotion in the youth work sector in Ireland.

 “This database will be a vital tool in identifying gaps in policy and practice, planning future projects and reducing duplication of research – all of which will become ever more important as the youth work sector faces increasing pressure to prove the relevance and effectiveness of its work on health promotion,” said Kevin O’Hagan, Senior Project Officer at NYCI’s National Youth Health Programme speaking at the launch.

Find out more >>

Volunteering report highlights need for rebranding
Fergus Finlay, Chair of Volunteer Ireland, unveiled the National Youth Council of Ireland’s report ‘Lending a Hand: Young People and Volunteering in Ireland’ on December 5th.

The first comprehensive report on young people’s experience of and attitude towards volunteering in Ireland, our report marks the European Year of Volunteering and celebrates International Day of Volunteering.

The results provide a timely insight into the untapped potential of youth volunteering and the barriers many young people still face… read more >>

NYCI Budget 2012 Analysis - Unfair and Austere

Budget 2012 offers little for children and young people. Many of the budgetary measures were harsh and draconian and targeted some of the most vulnerable in Irish society.

NYCI have analysed and assessed the provisions contained in Budget 2012 against the key areas included in Real Needs & Essential Services, NYCI’s Pre-Budget submission…

Find out more >>

Download NYCI Budget 2012 Analysis here >>

NYCI Annual Report 2011 available online
To get a snapshot of all the advocacy and practice work, programmes and events, which went into making 2011 another busy year of working effectively to represent and support the interests of voluntary youth organisations and acting on issues that impact on young people, download the  NYCI Annual Report:

Download NYCI Annual Report 2011 here >>

NYCI/Youthnet North-South Conference 2011
“How do we know it’s working?” a jointly hosted NYCI/Youthnet North-South Conference, took place on Friday, 25th November 2011 in Dundalk. Targeting management of and practitioners in youth work, this conference provided valuable insights into how we plan for and measure the impact of our work. The keynote speakers, including Dr John Bamber, senior lecturer, University of Edinburgh and the Centre for Effective Services, helped to demystify terminology around outputs and outcomes in order to enable support organisations and staff to better communicate the value, benefit and impact of what we do.

Access downloadable conference resources here >>

One World Week 2011 'A Rich Man's World?'

Two NYCI One World Week central events took place in Cork (12 November) and Dublin (19 November) for youth groups to come together and share what they have created for One World Week in their local community.

This year’s One World Week central action ‘Consume with Care’ looked at how we as consumers, have purchasing power in what we buy and how we spend our money.
The week was a tremendous success, with youth groups from throughout the country.
See for more details

Dáil na nÓg 2011 a great success!

Dáil na nÓg's national sitting was held on Friday, November 18th 2011 in Croke Park, Dublin. About 200 young people from all over the country as well as over 80 volunteers and others took part in the event, all of whom helped to make it a successful and enjoyable day.

See videos here >>

Call for Participants: Research on Youth Emigration

NYCI is looking for young Irish people between the ages of 18 to 25 who have left Ireland in the last two years, to participate in a piece of qualitative research on youth emigration.

This information will greatly assist us to provide better policy and practical advice to young people facing the prospect of emigration..

Anyone between 18 – 25 years of age, who has left Ireland in last 2 years to work, study or travel abroad and would be interested in participating in a study on youth emigration.

Contact for more details

Maximise your potential for funding! Questionnaire on international participation by youth organisations

The NYCI International Programme is seeking responses to its European/International Questionnaire to ensure that all youth organisations maximize their potential for EU funding and policy information that might benefit their organisation and young members.

Please circulate the questionnaire widely to ensure as many people as possible are made aware of international and European opportunities.

See for more details.


Leargas: Hook Up information sessions
Are you a working with young people aged 16-30?

Are you looking for exciting opportunities for the young people you work with?

Would you like to add a creative, diverse and intercultural element to your work?

Find out more >>


The Wider Horizons Programme
This programme is aimed at young unemployed people between the ages of 18 and 28 years of age who would benefit from a life changing,
worthwhile programme of personal development, job training and work experience at home and abroad.
There are approximately 30 projects run annually and these projects are managed by specific area partnerships based in Northern Ireland who facilitate
training programmes and work placements both in Northern Ireland and abroad for participants from both sides of the Irish border.

Training allowance, travel and accommodation costs for the programme will be paid by FÁS and the International Fund for Ireland.


Youth in Action/Education Europe Campaign for ring-fenced funding 2014-2020

NYCI International is currently involved in a pan-European lobbying campaign to secure ring-fenced funding for Youth in Action programmes (youth exchanges) from 2014. As it stands, the European Commission are proposing that funding for education – formal and non-formal – be placed within the same funding line called ‘Education Europe’. In so doing, there is a fear that the youth sector would lose out.

For more information contact This will be an ongoing campaign and we will keep you posted on how it is progressing.

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: 'Show Racism the Red Card’
'Show Racism the Red Card is calling for teachers, tutors and youth workers to register their groups to participate in the Anti- Racism Creative Competition 2012.  Deadline for entries will be the last Friday of February.  The competition is open to primary and secondary schools and also youth services and youthreach centres.  An awards presentation will take place in the AVIVA stadium in April.

Find out more >>

Your news here!
Have an event, notice or story you think would be of interest to the youth sector? Send to for consideration.


CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2012

Are you creative, imaginative, artistic and inventive? Now is your group’s chance to get involved in the 2012 ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards, Ireland’s biggest celebration of ECO-Action!

Find out more or register >>

Challenges Facing Scouting Ireland

At a recent group leader Commissioners Conference participants were asked what they believed were the challenges currently facing Scouting Ireland.
The video piece below gives details of what was said. It is very interesting to hear their thoughts. It provides an insight into the challenges facing Scouting Ireland but also many lessons for groups accross the youth work sector:

See video here >>

Your news here!
Have an event, notice or story you think would be of interest to the youth sector? Send to for consideration.