Youth Work with Young People in Outdoor Settings

Youth Work Ireland’s Innovative Practice Group identifies and supports youth work innovation in response to Covid-19. Since the beginning of the pandemic youth work has had to respond to the continued needs of young people in a safe way, which has resulted in a lot more youth work activities and sessions taking place outdoors. This has meant programmes that would have normally taken place in an indoor setting, contining outdoors and also youth workers taking advantage of outdoor settings to engage with young people through the natural environment.

We know that youth workers are creative, adaptable and ingenuous and many innovations are taking place to meet the new challenges and opportunities in working outdoors while supporting the needs and aspirations of the young people.

This informal symposium will provide an opportunity for staff and managers to begin to share and document these innovations. Moving on from the symposium, Youth Work Ireland proposes to further highlight, share and promote the work across the country during Youth Work Ireland Week 2021 (Monday March 29th – Sunday 4th April ).

Date: Thursday December 10th
Time: 2:00pm
Platform: Zoom

  • Identify, share, document and promote good practice in working with young people outdoors
  • Identify and share resources that support good practice with young people outdoors
  • Provide an initial context to  activities for Youth Work Ireland Week 2021 (March 29th – Sunday 4th April 2021) which will focus on the theme of outdoors youth work.


The symposium will be open to max 25 participants to allow every participant an opportunity to actively share.

This event is open to practioners from Youth Work Ireland’s federation of youth services only.

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