Youth Clubs: Delivering Serious Fun
This year over 200 delegates made up of young people, volunteers, youth workers and others came to Dublin Castle to showcase what is great about their youth clubs, share the important work that is being done all over Ireland in local clubs, meet new people and learn new skills to take back to their clubs.
By far the vast majority of young people in Ireland who engage in youth work do so through parish or community based voluntary youth clubs. Our conference featured inputs from young people, volunteers, staff and key policy makers that proved beyond doubt that youth clubs do serious and challenging work in a fun way. This work has a transformative and positive influence in local communities in both the rural and urban context.
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. James Reilly
Prof. Michael Fitzgerald, Henry Marsh Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin
Seamus Boland, Chief Executive Officer, Irish Rural Link
Liz Canavan, First Secretary General of the Department of Children & Youth Affairs
Janet Gaynor, Acting Function Manager with Health Promotion and Improvement, HSE West
Lorraine Thompson, Regional Director, Donegal Youth Service
Workshops and Learning
We ran 2 sessions of activity based workshop, which focused on issues identified by club support workers, volunteers and young people as being those they face in their clubs every week. The workshops were delivered in a fun way with expert facilitators, and delegates left with new skills to bring back to their club.
Besides from the normal conference format our day also featured a fun packed programme of activities that everyone got involved in.
Fly Your Flag
Youth clubs from Youth Work Ireland Member Youth Services designed and creative wonderful flags that symbolises what the youth club means to them. These flags were proudly displayed in Dublin Castle.
Volunteer Achievement Awards 2014
This year to coincide with celelbrating youth clubs, we will be celebrating and recognising the volunteers who help to deliver valued youth services through the youth club, by hosting the annual Youth Work Ireland Volunteer Achievement Awards on the day.