Youth Work Ireland's 21 regional youth services have a network of local youth clubs and services, which are deeply integrated within communities throughout Ireland. These youth services are built on the strengths of young people as well as addressing the needs of young people locally. The work done by our trained staff and dedicated volunteers has a profound effect on the young people attending the services and indirectly on families and the wider community. The young people attending our services connect with staff and volunteers and seem to understand that the contribution they make can create positive change. A large number of young people who participate in our services go on to volunteer and work as leaders in the services.
Many young people do not have a safe place where they have a sense of belonging, where they have people who believe in them, or a place where they can form positive relationships with adults. Youth Work Ireland, through the clubs and projects run from out Member Youth Services, offers young people from every background a place to go, a listening ear, and support if they need it.
Here4U is a specific youth work focused service listening service provided by Youth Work Ireland that incorporates the one-to-one support.
Garda Youth Diversion Projects serve young people who are at risk of getting into trouble with the law. The projects are designed to help young people develop their sense of community and their social skills through different activities. Young People are offered opportunities in education, employment training, sport, art and music.
Youth Work Ireland and its Member Youth Services provide direct youth work supports and services to LGBT+ young people, who either identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or, are questioning their sexuality.
These grant-aided youth work initiatives aim to facilitate the personal and social development of participants to realise their potential. In addition, they present opportunities for young people to undertake actions corresponding to their own aspirations and to assume responsibilities within their local communities.
Youth Information Centres (YICs) provide a free, confidential information service to young people and those who work with them on a wide range of subjects including careers, education, employment matters, rights and entitlements, leisure, sport, travel and European opportunities.