Clár na nÓg: Youth Work Sector Update – September 2020

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With another month come new changes to how we’re managing work in our sector: you’ll have received our CEO’s notice of updated Covid-19 guidance for youth services and below, there’s also your usual update on opportunities, supports and training to help you work through this time.

Remember to check out our Covid-19 hub for more resources, training, and advice.

NYCI News:

Save the date: ‘A Review of the Youth Work Sector Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic’

This important new piece of research will be launched on September 28th Monday, 28th September from 1:30-2:30 pm. We will be joined by young people sharing their experience as well as speakers including Dr Roderic O’Gorman TD, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and report authors Deborah Erwin and Lorraine Thompson.


One World Week 2020 on the horizon!

The theme of this year’s One World Week (OWW) is power. Understanding power in youth work is vital for the development of young people as they navigate their lives and society. This year One World Week takes place from November 23-29 and we’ll be publishing a new resource to support you, as well as hosting not one but three(!) youth summits – watch this space.

In the meantime make sure to secure your free tailored workshop for your youth group or colleagues before availability runs out!


Skills Summary Share Your Story Callout

We want to know how the young people you work with are engaging with Skills Summary on their personal journey. We want to capture how and why they’ve been using the tool, and how it makes a difference for them. Submissions can follow any theme and take any form, from poetry and essays to audio clips and video, and one entrant will win €100. Find out more >>


Access All Areas: A Diversity Toolkit

This is an essential resource for anyone working with young people. It invites you to examine how your organisation engages with youth from a variety of different backgrounds. Access the toolkit >>


New STEAM Training Package for Laois & Offaly

NYCI is delighted to be supporting a new STEAM package including training, equipment, grant application eligibility, and follow-up support. The package is heavily subsidised by Science Foundation of Ireland and Laois and Offaly Local Creative Youth Partnership, and costs just €50 per person. Learn more >>


Working with Young People on the Issue of Racism

We wanted to share some of our own learnings and have put together some useful resources for you to use on your own journey. Find out what you can do >> 


Covid-19: updated guidance for youth services

We continue to work with the officials in the Department to revise the guidance in response to any new restrictions and this week shared the newly updated Guidance for Youth Organisations on Resuming Full Services.

We have also updated the official DCYA/NYCI Covid Induction for Youth Services to reflect the changes.


Member News


Young Irish Filmmakers Local Training Initiative

Ideal for young people who may have challenges taking conventional Leaving Certificate or post-secondary routes, this is a diverse and inclusive alternative pathway for those interested in film media. Watch the video >>


Code Club & CoderDojo: Virtual Meetups

Monthly informal Meetups are being held to allow Code Club and CoderDojo communities to connect with their peers to discuss various aspects of resuming services, whether that’s in-person or online. Register here >>


Irish Girl Guides Appoints New CEO

IGG has welcomed Claire Barkey as new Chief Executive Officer. Claire has extensive youth work experience and is passionate about ensuring young people have opportunities to develop the skills and qualities to ensure leadership and resilience-building. Find out more >>


Culture Night: Launch of Irish Global Solidarity in 100 Objects

This online exhibition follows the success of the pop-up event that took place in February this year. It will showcase the rich heritage of Irish Global Citizenship in Ireland through a range of artefacts, letters, and visual media. Register for the event >>


Is your Organisation an NYCI Member?

As well as advocating on your behalf, NYCI provides advice, networking and development opportunities, and expert training in all areas of youth work, including child protection, development education, equality, arts, health, and more. Find out more here >>



Foróige: various opportunities


Other Youth Sector News

Minister O’Gorman announces COVID-19 Small Grant Schemes for Youth Clubs and Services  

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman TD, has approved a grant to youth clubs and services as a contribution towards some of the additional costs arising from COVID-19 restrictions. More here >>

Recruitment for Youth Advisory Group

Opportunity for young people to develop their leadership skills, represent their local area, and have their voices heard by taking part in a cross-border project developed by Our Generation. Get in touch >>

Youth Future Foresight Research

European research aims to understand the ideal or “dream” futures of youth to feed into designing a future policy agenda. This survey is focused on those 18-30 living in Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Louth, Meath, Kildare, and Wicklow. Find out more and take part >>


PEIN Webinar

The Prevention and Early Intervention Network is hosting a webinar on ‘Taking an Evidence-Informed Approach to Prevention and Early Intervention’ on Thursday, September 24. Book your place >>


Free STEAM & Sound Production Programme

As part of Science Gallery Dublin’s PLASTIC exhibition, youth workers can avail of a free STEAM and sound production programme that comes ready to use in your youth work or education project. You are invited, with your youth group, to take part in the co-creation of a sound installation that will be exhibited in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny from the end of this week until December. Read about the project >>

Last of the Big Shoes: Dance Opportunity for Young People

Step into a world of fancy footwork and fantastical shoes to imagine and create specially choreographed shoe stories for the camera. Led by Phillipa Donnellan, young people will perfect techniques drawn from a range of contemporary dance styles and take part in online technical dance practice. Starts September 21. Find out more >>


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