Young people have been hard hit by the pandemic. In the last year, we have seen:
Ireland’s young population is growing all the time – we will have over 1 million people aged under 24 by the year 2025, a full fifth of our population. Young people are such an important part of our society, and they need and deserve real, meaningful support.
Youth work services can support young people at this challenging time. Youth workers have been a lifeline to many young people during the lockdown, especially the most vulnerable, using SMS and video to keep in contact. The wide range of activities provided by youth organisations support young people in their personal and social development, positive mental health, physical well being, job skills, active citizenship and much more.
The need for youth services is growing dramatically as young people seek to recover from the effects of the pandemic. And youth work has never been adequately funded:
This has to change. We’re calling on the Government to invest an additional €10m in youth work services in Budget 2022, to provide more supports and activities for young people and meet the needs of a growing youth population hit hard by the pandemic.