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Access All Areas: Cross-border launch of one-‘start’-shop for diversity

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 11:15

Today Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, will unveil the National Youth Council of Ireland’s Access All Areas: a diversity toolkit at 15.00 pm in the Carrickdale Hotel, Carrickcarnon, Dundalk, Co. Louth.

“Access All Areas is an example of cross border collaboration at its best, bringing together expertise to create something that will have a lasting impact. It will prove to be an invaluable resource for everyone working to make Ireland more welcoming of young people and volunteers from all backgrounds,” said Minister Fitzgerald.

Access All Areas is a collaborative all-Ireland resource for youth workers, which brings together the knowledge of 28 sector experts from Ireland - North and South. It is a one-‘start’-shop containing practical advice, facts and figures, needs and issues, checklists and more on topics including disability, ethnicity, membership of the Traveller community, sexual orientation, gender, mental health, early school leaving, juvenile justice and young parents.


“This is a powerful resource for the youth sector. The young people here today made clear the difference that it has made to them when their youth organisations have gone the extra mile and taken the necessary steps – steps laid out in access All Areas - to make sure they are fully included, and the value that this has brought to their lives and to their communities” said James O’Leary, President, National Youth Council of Ireland.


The resource is available online at

Videos and photos from the launch are available at


For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Officer at NYCI on 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or email


Notes to Editors:

National Youth Council of Ireland

The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.

About Youthnet

Youthnet is a strategic network of voluntary youth organisations. It exists to work with and advocate on behalf of its membership, to represent, support and develop their interests and aspirations and to promote the independent voice of the voluntary youth sector. Our 75 member organisations cover a broad range of activity for children and young people across Northern Ireland, including front line delivery of youth work in communities, local youth projects, work in rural and urban interfaces, developmental work in schools, specialist counselling, outreach projects and regional and national organisations for young people.