Youth Services

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WHAT IS YOUTH WORK?
Under the Youth Work Act, 2001, youth work is defined as:“A planned programme of education designed for the purpose of aiding and enhancing the personal and social development of young persons through their voluntary participation, and which is –(a)    complementary to their formal, academic or vocational education and training; and(b)    provided primarily by voluntary youth work organisations.”
 This normally includes groups such as the following:

Youth clubs, etc Special interest groups
Foróige Clubs Scouts and Guides
Youth work services Youth work projects
Girls’ Friendly Society Boys’ / Girls’ Brigade

 

 

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ETB’s YOUTH WORK FUNCTIONS
Under the Education and Training Boards Act, 2013, the function of the ETB in relation to youth work is to:“Support the provision, coordination, administration and assessment of youth work services in its functional area and provide such information as may be requested by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in relation to such support, and assess whether the manner in which it performs its functions is economical, efficient and effective.”
The Youth Affairs section of Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB is primarily funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA).

 

MAIN ACTIVITIES
  • Administer funding to youth work services on behalf of various government departments.
  • Administer the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme, which provides small grants for volunteer-led youth groups. In Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim, the ETB provides support each year to over 100 volunteer-led and operated youth groups, with over 5,000 members.
  • Provide training and development programmes for youth workers.
  • Develop youth mental health initiatives across the region to foster the mental health and wellbeing of young people.
  • Report to government departments on projects and services funded through the ETB, including validating annual reports and funding applications.
  • Promote initiatives that aim to increase the involvement of young people of all backgrounds in youth work.

 

LOCAL YOUTH CLUB  EQUIPMENT SCHEME

In recognition of the important role of volunteer-led youth clubs/groups in supporting young people, and their engagement with the incorporation of the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups (NQSVLYG), a once off equipment grant has been made available in 2017, to support the work of volunteers, enhance the experience of members, and provide vital equipment to local youth clubs/groups.   

The Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme (LYCES) supports volunteer-led youth club/group activities at a local level. Funding for the Scheme is provided by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and is administered locally by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) on behalf of DCYA. 

  • The scheme aims to support youth work activities at a local level with priority given to clubs/groups catering for young people aged 10–21 years and will complement the existing Local Youth Club Grant Scheme incorporating the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups, on a once off basis. This once off scheme is open to all local youth groups/clubs that fulfil the eligibility criteria listed below.
  • Consultation with the members of the youth club/group to ascertain their opinions on equipment needs will be expected, as any equipment applied for must directly benefit the members of the youth club/group.
  • The scheme is focusing on the provision of small scale equipment grants to local youth clubs/groups. Grants may cover equipment such as: Storage, IT equipment, electrical equipment, sporting equipment, arts and drama equipment etc. Please ensure that in any applications for equipment that would have additional health and safety requirements that this is included in the items applied for. Also please at this point consider appropriate secure storage and if necessary include appropriate secure storage in the items applied for.
  • The maximum grant that can be applied for is €5000; Groups can apply for one single item totalling €5000 or a number of items not totalling more than the maximum grant.
  • The grant may be awarded in full or in part payment and will be subject to your local ETB financial procedures (see link below)

To be eligible for funding from the Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme, the club/group must satisfy the following criteria:

· It must be volunteer led and it must be based on the voluntary participation of young people.

· 75% of the club/group members must be between the ages of 10 and 21.

· It must be able to clearly outline the benefits of club/group membership for young people who participate in its programmes.

· The club/group must have a nominated designated liaison person (DLP) for child protection.

·  The club/group must have written procedures setting out child protection arrangements which are adapted to the nature of the organisation’s contact with children and which comply with the requirements outlined in Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (DCYA, 2011).

·  All adult volunteers working with young people must be Garda vetted before they start volunteering.

·  Appropriate insurance cover must be in place.

·  Volunteers must have access to a first aid kit and must be able to use it correctly.

·  The club/group must have a Health and Safety Statement, policy or procedures. (Note: this applies to clubs/groups that own premises. Clubs/groups that do not own premises must confirm that they have seen and operate to the building’s Health and Safety Policy.)

Please note

v  Sports clubs/groups are not eligible to receive funding under the terms of this scheme.

v  Closing date is Friday 20th October at 12 noon.  Late applications will not be accepted.

v  Any club/group which has not previously participated in the annual Local Youth Club Grant Scheme will need to fill out and submit Sections 1,2 and 5 of the LYCGS Form 2017 (see link below) as well as the LYEGS application form. please contact your Development Officer for support in completing this additional form which incorporates the National Quality Standards for Volunteer Led Youth Groups.

Click on the links below for more information and to access an application form.
LYCES Application form 2017LYCGS Application form 2017
Purchasing guidelines for youth groups

Closing date:

Friday 20th October 2017 at 12 noon

Late applications will not be accepted.

 

LOCAL YOUTH CLUB GRANT SCHEME
 Applications for the 2017 Local Youth Club Grant Scheme are now being accepted – closing date 12pm, Friday, 26th May 2017
The Local Youth Club Grant Scheme (LYCGS) supports volunteer-led youth club/group activities at a local level. The Scheme, which provides grant aid towards the costs of running clubs/groups, is part-funded by the proceeds of the National Lottery.  Funding for the Scheme is provided by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and is administered locally by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) on behalf of DCYA.  ETBs advertise the Scheme locally on an annual basis, outlining the purpose of the grant and the eligibility criteria. 
The Scheme supports voluntary youth club/group activities for young people; with priority given to clubs/groups catering for young people aged 10–21. The primary focus of the Scheme is to assist local volunteer-led youth clubs/groups that provide a programme of youth work activities for young people. In addition, other clubs/groups that work with young people, but are not specifically providing youth work, are also entitled to apply for funding under the Scheme.
In 2017, DCYA incorporated the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups into the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme. These national quality standards were developed to support and enhance voluntary work with young people. The three National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups are:Standard 1: Safety and well-being – Programmes, practices and people ensure and promote the safety, support and well-being of young people.Standard 2: Young person-centred – Programmes, practices and people ensure and promote the voluntary participation, inclusion and voice of young people.Standard 3: Developmental and educational – Programmes, practices and people ensure and promote the development, achievement and progression of young people
Throughout the club/group year, volunteers progress actions relating to the Standards that will improve the running of the club/group and the experience of the young people attending the club/group. Where a club/group requires support with progressing the Standards, it can request this from the national youth organisation to which it is affiliated. A youth club/group that is not affiliated to a national youth organisation can request support from the ETB (see contact details in Appendix 1 of the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme 2017 Application Form).
As part of the grant aid application process, the revised Local Youth Club Grant Scheme incorporating the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups now requires youth clubs/groups to report on their work relating to the Standards. As the LYCGS Application Form is also the reporting template for the NQSVlYG, if you do not wish to apply for grant aid you should only complete Sections 1, 2 and 5 of the form. If you need any help in completing the form, please contact your national youth organisation (see details listed in Appendix 2 of the Application Form).
Click on the links below for more information and to access an application form.
LYCGS Application form 2017
LYCGS Guidance Information Note 2017 (1)

Closing date:

12pm, Friday, 26th May 2017

Late applications will not be accepted.

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QUALITY STANDARDS IN YOUTH WORK
The ETB is responsible Carry out quality assurance programmes with youth work services (National Quality Standards Framework) and with volunteer-led youth groups (National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups ).  Please see below for more information on these quality standards.

 

National Quality Standards Framework
A National Quality Standards Framework for youth work was introduced in January 2011.  This framework applies to all staff-led youth work organisations, services, projects and programmes which are funded under the following Department of Children and Youth Affairs schemes:
Youth Service Grant SchemeSpecial Projects for YouthYoung People’s Facilities and Services Funds 1 and 2;Youth Information Centres.
The primary function of the NQSF is as a support and development tool for youth work services funded by the DCYA.  Its aim is to assist youth work organisations to identify strengths and areas for development in their services and to benchmark progress accordingly.  Having done so, services take a structured and developmental approach to the assessment of youth work provision, examining its level, impact and efficacy.  The role of the ETB is to facilitate and oversee this process with DCYA-funded youth work services in its operational area.

 

National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups
Through the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme, funded by the Department of Children and Youth affairs, the ETB directly supports over 100 youth groups in Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim, catering for more than 5,000 young people.  These groups provide a wide range of recreational and developmental programmes and activities for young people.
As a natural progression to the NQSF for staff-led projects, the Department has rolled out a set of National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups. Developed in consultation with partners in the youth work sector, these quality standards are aimed at local youth groups and clubs. They present an opportunity for youth groups to demonstrate their commitment to best practice and to the delivery of quality programmes and activities, which meet the needs and expectations of their young members.  Following initial briefing sessions in 2013, the standards were rolled out nationally and in this region during 2014.  All youth groups funded through the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme are required to engage in the standards process.
Youth groups affiliated to national youth organisations should consult with the Regional Youth / Development Officer of their parent organisation in relation to the standards.  ETB Youth Officers will provide similar support and guidance to youth groups not affiliated to a national youth organisation / other locally active groups.
Full guidance notes are available in the Volunteer Group Leaders’ Guide to National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups booklet.

 

Contact Information
Youth Officer  Youth Officer
(Sligo/Leitrim)Shane McManus (Mayo):  Breda Ruane
Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim ETB
Quay
Co Sligo
Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim ETB
Newtown
Castlebar
Co Mayo
Tel: 071 91 38305
Mobile: 0867013182
Emailshanemcmanus@msletb.ie
Tel: 094 92 50730
Mobile:
087 7738312
Email:
bredaruane@msletb.ie

 

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