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Clár na nOg - November 2011

Budget 2012 will be announced on Tuesday December 6th. Every indication is that another harsh budget is looming and that significant further cuts are on the horizon.

At a recent meeting with Minister Michael Noonan, the NYCI took the opportunity to emphasise the pressing need to maintain funding to youth organisations to continue providing much needed supports and services for young people. We stated that the Budget cannot solely be a book keeping exercise but has to take into account the impact of decisions on children, young people, families and communities now and into the future. Our position on this is detailed in the NYCI Pre-Budget Submission, which sets out concrete steps to help reduce the impact on the most vulnerable.

We are conscious now more than ever that Government must make savings, but we strongly recommend the protection of allservicesfor children and young people including youth serviceand income supports for those who care for them. Decisions about cutting budgets, however, need to be evaluated to assess the impact onpeoplewho usethe programmesand services or are reliant on benefits for a reasonable quality of life. This impact assessment should be done on an on-going basis to ensure that the most vulnerable are not disproportionately affected.

Areas of particular concern are cuts relating to youth work services, and the education and health sectors. We are also concerned about a broad range of reductions in funding allocations to other government agencies responsible for delivering services to children and young people. Recognising the need to highlight areas of service provision most in need, our Pre-Budget submission outlines priority areas in need of sustained public expenditure. The submission focuses on the following areas; Youth Work Funding; Education and Training Activation Measures; Youth Unemployment; Reducing Child Poverty and Reducing Alcohol Related Harm.

We know that funding for public services will be reduced further and there will be a greater call on voluntary youth organisations to help young people and their communities cope with financial hardship, unemployment, a sense of hopelessness and their consequences. We have seen our market economy exposed and many are calling for a reaffirmation of the values we stand for.Weknow that at times of crisis, individuals and communities can and do extraordinary things. The voluntary youth sector has a long history of supporting young people to grow and developand is striving to continue to play a crucial role in the lives of young people today. We can do this better, if we do it together.
I believe the sector will rise to the challenges of 2012 responding to change, working to ensure that the voluntary youth sector survives and thrives during these challenging times, so that we can carry on serving young people in communities across the country.

Mary Cunningham

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23 November 2011 - Tackling Racism, Homophobia and Sexism             

25 November 2011 - NYCI/Youthnet North-South Conference 2011            

28 November 2011 - Training Course for Youth Workers on First Aid in Psychosis                   

05 December 2011 - 06 December 2011 - MindOut: Mental Health Promotion Programme for Out of School Settings         

09 December 2011 - Designing and Developing a Child Protection Policy

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NYCI/Youthnet North-South Conference 2011 “How do we know its working?”

Supporting youth organisations to plan for and demonstrate the outcomes of their work.

Aimed at management of and practitioners in youth work, this conference will explore how we plan for and measure the impact of our work, demystify terminology around outputs and outcomes and support organisations and staff to better communicate the value, benefit and impact of what we do.
The conference will consist of a mixture of key inputs; roundtable and thematic group discussions and information workshops.

DATE: Friday, 25th November 2011
VENUE: Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk, Co.Louth
COST: €45   

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

There are two NYCI One World Week central events 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’ looks at how we as consumers, have purchasing power in what we buy and how we spend our money.
If you are organising a local event during One World Week in your community, please send us the date, time and location so that someone from NYCI can attend.

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Zambian youth workers visit for One World Week (10-20 November)
Four Zambian youth workers will travel to Ireland and arrive on 10 November 2011 for 10 days. The Zambian visitors will participate in events for One World Week and will also be on placement with Irish youth work organisations for 3 days each.

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Dáil na nÓg 2011 ‘Strengthening the Voices of Young People'

Dáil na nÓg’s national sitting for 2011 will be held in Dublin on 18th November. Over 200 young people from around the country will attend to discuss the theme of ‘Strengthening the Voices of Young People through Comhairle na nÓg’. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs will host the event and a number of policy makers will also attend to engage in a questions and answers session with the young delegates. We look forward to an exciting day.

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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... read more>>

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.

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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.

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Alcohol Action Ireland Conference 'Alcohol - Where's the Harm?'

This conference will examine the relationship between alcohol and “public” crime in Ireland.
It will also seek to explore “hidden” crime - sexual violence and domestic violence – and the relationship with alcohol.
The conference will be opened by Minister Róisín Shortall.

DATE: Tuesday, 15 November 2011
VENUE: Royal College of Physicians, Dublin 2
COST: The conference will be free to allow a maximum number of participants to attend.


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.


SUAS Volunteer Programme 2012 – Applications Now Open!

The Suas Volunteer Programme provides an opportunity to work overseas for 10 weeks; with 9 weeks in a community-based school or educational project in India or Kenya. 

The Programme will give you the opportunity to develop your professional skills, work in a team and learn about development issues in our interconnected world.


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.


Irish Wheelchair Association Youth Site Launched the new Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) Youth Service Microsite, will provide up to date information and resources for young people with physical disabilities across the country.
The new microsite, developed in response to the needs of the young IWA members, is unique in that it provides a central hub for young people with physical disabilities to get access to relevant information which will enable them to live life to the full. The information that is available includes links and advice on going to university, employment, holidays and general going out socialising and having fun. The site is not a social networking site, however it offers opportunities for young people to come together, get informed regarding IWA services and see what is happening with other groups throughout the country.

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Red Cross launches education resource across Europe

The Red Cross is launching its Positive Images toolkit, an educational resource to help teachers, youth workers and educators develop innovative migration-focused activities for young people.
The toolkit is designed for educators working with children aged 11-18 and is now available in ten European languages.

You can download the toolkit, short films and supporting PowerPoint presentations here >>