Status

Status: Supporting Travellers Advance through Universal Services

This is a joint project lead by Youth Work Ireland with the support of Involve, YouthAction Northern Ireland and An Munia Tober. The project aims at identifying, developing and sharing best practice approaches for engaging with, retaining and working with Young Travellers. The main focus of the project was to develop easily used tools that help organisations to effectively support Traveller youth work. These tools specifically address gaps that may exist at the management and governance levels of youth work organisations. The realisation that supports were required at a senior level within organisations, came about only after we initiated the project and began to engage in focus groups with youth workers, young people and staff in partner organisations

The main focus of the project was to develop easily used tools that help organisations to effectively support Traveller youth work. These tools specifically address gaps that may exist at the management and governance levels of youth work organisations. The realisation that supports were required at a senior level within organisations, came about only after we initiated the project and began to engage in focus groups with youth workers, young people and staff in partner organisations. The young people, volunteers and staff involved in our focus groups readily identified questions related to the organisations and delivery of youth work with young Travellers. There are questions about the variation in service delivery for young Travellers. In some instances, youth work services have employed a targeted approach to engaging with young Travellers and have maintained Traveller specific programmes and projects. In other cases, the objective of engagement with young Travellers has been to ensure that young people are “mainstreamed” as quickly as possible in order to become integrated into mainstream groups, clubs, projects and programmes. Besides these two positions, many mixes of the above can and do exist.

The results and learning from this project were launched and released at an International Showcase on Youth Work with Young Travellers in Dublin in March 2017.

The project is funded through the Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 2 - Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices,and accessed through the support of Leargas, The National Agency Through this funding it is possible for organisations from different participating countries to work together, to develop, share and transfer best practices and innovative approaches in the fields of education, training and youth.