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Launch: A Review of the Youth Work Sector Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

September 29, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm IST


In 2020 NYCI published the first independent review of the youth work sector response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021 we commissioned a further study to capture the sector’s response 12 months on. Join us at the virtual launch of the research to find out:

  • What impact has the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic had on the youth work sector and how has our sector responded?
  • What new methods have been used to support to young people during the pandemic?
  • How are youth organisations supporting the well-being of youth work staff and volunteers.
  • What supports are needed to mitigate the impact of the ongoing pandemic on the youth work sector into the future?



Ministerial address

Dr Roderic O’Gorman, TD

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Expert Speakers

Report authors: Deborah Erwin and Lorraine Thompson

As professionally qualified youth work practitioners, Deborah Erwin and Lorraine Thompson have almost 40 years’ combined experience of youth work and youth service management primarily in the community and voluntary sector. Having previously worked in a range of youth work settings both chose to set out in new career directions in March 2015.

Whilst individually they have developed successful freelance portfolios, they have also formed a solid working partnership delivering a range of strategic review processes and research work together. Previous clients include the Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s University Belfast, Youth Work Alliance, Ballyfermot Youth Service, Trinity Youth Service and YWCA Ireland.




Free of charge


1 hour


Hear about how the Irish youth work sector has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic:

  • about different types of innovative and creative youth work practice and
  • how these youth work approaches supported young people during a difficult time;
  • the limitations of this way of working and the challenges facing the sector as we continue to live with COVID-19.

Find out what worked well and the recommendations on how to support the youth work sector to continue to work with young people against the context of COVID-19.


Welcome and Introductions
Mary Cunningham CEO, National Youth Council of Ireland 

Presentation of Research Findings
Deborah Erwin and Lorraine Thompson Research Consultants

The Youth Perspective
Mia Moloney from Blakestown & Mountview Youth Initiative shares her experience

Ministerial Address and Official Launch of Report
Dr Roderic O’Gorman TD, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Concluding Remarks
Dubheasa Kelly President, National Youth Council of Ireland


Youth Work Managers, Youth workers and anyone working with young people, academics in the field of youth studies, youth work students, policy makers, stakeholders from relevant government departments.


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September 29, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm IST


Online (Zoom)


National Youth Council of Ireland
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