European Projects

Youth Work Ireland works with a number of leading European based youth organisations to create opportunities and collaborative activities for young people. Our work strengthens relationships between young people and youth workers and offers young people the chance for exchange visits and valuable learning opportunities. This work empowers young people and youth organisations to joinly tackle issues that affect all European youth.

Supporting Youth Transitions in post-Lockdown society through Detached Youth Work

This European Project supported by Erasmus+ via Leargas addresses the social economic impact of the l COVID-19 pandemic on young people in Europe, focusing on those socially excluded. A consequence of lockdown is that the number of young people disconnected from employment, education and training supports will increase. In Ireland, for example, young people have been disproportionately affected by Covid 19 unemployment (ESRI, 2020). Lockdown has caused discontinuity of service for youth. Those young people previously facing challenges are likely to have experienced a complete disconnect from services and supports and will now need new supports to transition back into services.

The project will deliver:

  • A research report that documents and evidences extreme forms of social exclusion (including radicalisation) being experienced by young people due to failure to transition back from lockdown, as well as adaptations and best practices in 'Detached Work' to address this will also be documented as well as any evidence for the effectiveness or challenges related to this work.
  • A case study collection which captures the experience of young people, youth workers and service managers in effectively connecting young people who have been previously socially excluded, to understand and suggest policy and service changes to address extreme forms of social exclusion; these will describe the situation and effective interventions
  • A detached youth work practice framework based on a peer review and facilitating a continuous improvement process

Our Partners in this project are



The RETAIL sector is undergoing deep changes because of technological progress, blurring the lines between sectors and leading to new consumer behaviour. The growth of e-commerce is changing the way businesses operate, generating new challenges and opportunities especially for Young People.

This Erasmus+ project supported by Leargas will create training packages addressed to different audiences – experienced retail entrepreneurs, and digital natives looking for new work opportunities. These packages will include subjects such as new retail business models, e-commerce, social networks, business strategies and more!

Our Partners include The Dublin Chamber of Commerce, The Polish Chamber of Commerce, KAINOTOMIA & SIA from Greece, INSTALOFI LEVANTE and MARKEUT SKILLS from Spain, and DANMAR COMPUTERS from Poland



Skill IT for Youth 

For the last 2 years Youth Work Ireland had been leading an exciting and innovative project - Skills IT for Youth - which examines how best to equip youth workers with the skills to enhance young people’s futures in the 21st century – with particular focus on their employability and digital skills attainment.

The project is enabling youth workers to support young people in developing their ICT, digital and social media skills as well as ‘soft’ and future skills, so as to enhance their employability, civic participation and wellbeing. This programme is supported by Erasmus+ and Leargas and is in line with the Erasmus+ goal which stresses the need for more highly qualified young people for the digital economy.

The project also provides tools for youth organisations to improve the services provided to young people by embedding Digital Learning into the whole organisation at all levels. It also contributes to the development of competences & quality standards for youth workers, and reinforces the links between policy, research & practice in the field of Digital Youth Work.

Skill IT for Youth brings digital content into youth work, making it more relevant, dynamic, and supportive of young people’s futures. It supports youth organisations to develop digital strategies to contribute to:

  • Foster inclusion & employability of young people – with a focus on youth at risk
  • Ease the transition of young people to adulthood – with a focus on employability
  • Reach out to marginalised youth
  • Open youth work to cross sectoral cooperation
  • Raise awareness of and promote the importance of digital youth work

Our partners in this project include Fundacja Samodzielni Robinsonowie Poland, Fundatia Danis, Romania, Norsensus Mediaforum, Norway, and Camara Education, Ireland.

To find out more please go contact the Project Lead Anne L’Henoret, Development Manager at Youth Work Ireland on or 087 95 45 777 or go to the project website

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YES Project: Youth Empowerment in SRE (Sexual and Reproductive Education)

The YES Project is a Europe wide initiative to provide young people with empowering sexual health and reproductive education in a community setting. Collaborating with ECYC (European Confederation of Youth Clubs) and LOGO Jugendmanagement we will work over the next two years to develop the capacity of youth organisations to deliver SRE to young people. This project is based on the need identified by Youth Work Ireland through a consultation with young people in Spring 2018, for young people to be involved in the development of a resource to support their learning around health and safety issues related to their sexual health.

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Past European Projects

CoOp Project

The Cooperate to Operate Project (CoOp) ran from 2017 - 2019 and aimed at enhancing the collaboration between Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and youth organizations, to promote and encourage private investment in youth development, and education. The goal of the project was to support youth workers and youth organisations to diversify their funding sources and attract investments from the business sector, by professionalizing them in the field of CSR & fundraising from SMEs.

CoOp Aims

  • Literature review and desk research to build an overall picture and a produce a summary report.
  • Design of a survey aimed at youth organisations in each country, to assess their current level of engagement with CSR, and in particular with SMEs
  • Interviews and document case studies with both youth organisations and SMEs for a more in-depth look at their experience/motivations/fears etc in this area.

Our partners in this project are Asset Technology (Greece), Norsensus Mediaforum (Norway), Fundaction Robinson Crusoe (Poland) and Fundiata Danis (Romania).

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Erasmus + Youth Work Music & Cultural Entrepreneurship

Youth Work Ireland has formed a strategic partnership with youth services from across Europe who use music as a tool for supporting the development of young people. These partners include; UK Youth, Youth Cymru (Wales), Samfés (Iceland), Youth Scotland, Lithuanian Children and Youth Centre and Youth Action Northern Ireland, with Youth Work Ireland as the lead partner. The most recent achievement of this partnership has been the successful funding of a KA2 Erasmus + project entitled Youth Work ‐ Music and Cultural Entrepreneurship. The end result of this project is the design of an online toolkit/site on how to use music as a tool for engaging and retaining young people in youth services, as well as creating an online community of other youth services from across Europe that use music. Learn more>>

As part of this collaboration a special edition of Scene Magazine was published which sought to capture the experience of a diverse range of youth organisations and practitioners and to provide ideas about practice that can support Irish youth work practitioners in developing their own practice.

Youth Worker Mobility

Youth Work Ireland, KDYS, UK Youth, ERYICA (Luxembourg), Norsensus Mediaforum (Norway) & Agenzija Zghazagh (Malta)

This event saw the Governing Body of ERYICA (The European Youth Information and Counselling Agency) meeting in Killarney as part of an enhanced engagement in Ireland. The meeting was organised by KDYS and Youth Work Ireland, and examined a variety of EU wide topics relevant to young people and youth services today.

The main focus of ERYICA is supporting and promoting quality general youth information policy and practice at all levels, a process which KDYS lead on in Kerry and Youth Work Ireland nationally. The meeting and an associated seminar in Dublin worked to further develop critical areas of youth information provision in Ireland and throughout the EU. ERYICA is composed of national bodies (non-governmental or governmental) which seek to guarantee the right of young people to full and reliable information, which helps them make the choices they face in their lives, and which promotes their autonomy and their active participation in a democratic society.

KA2 Traveller Youth Work Project

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 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.

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