National Programmes

Have Fun, Be Part of It!

The national programmes run by Youth Work Ireland every year see thousands of young people coming together to participate, have new experiences, and build self-confidence.

The programmes run by Youth Work Ireland are designed to build self-confidence, be educational, enhance social interaction, promote participation and, most importantly, about having fun. They are not about competition, instead they create a space, whether it be on the stage, on the pitch or through art, to come together in an informal setting to support each other and develop skills they may not have the chance to do in a formal education setting. The Youth Work Ireland National Programmes consist of:

Be Well: Supporting Young People to Identify & Address Anxiety 

Be Well is a one hour workshop which supports young people to identify and address anxiety. The aim of the workshop is to introduce the issue of anxiety with young people, and explore the signs and symptoms of anxiety, personal triggers and coping skills. Read more>>


Here4U is a specific youth work focused service listening service provided by Youth Work Ireland that incorporates the one-to-one support experience and skills developed through our collaboration with Relationships Ireland. Read more>>

Friends Programme

The Friends Programme is a cognitive behavioural therapy based early intervention and prevention programme focusing on reducing anxiety and depression through building resilience. Read more>>

IYMA (Irish Youth Music Awards)

The IYMA bring band and musicians together from all over Ireland to perform their own music creations. The overall aim of this programme is to give young musicians access to industry experts to benefit  from their advice and knowledge. The judging is based on the entire project which incorporates band, crew, promotion and approach. Read more>>

Nollaig - Christmas Card Creations

The Youth Work Ireland official Christmas card is designed by one of our very talented budding artists in our Member Youth Services. We have a number of age categories and each year we choose one to send out to all our supporters and friends. Read more>>

STATUS - Supporting Young Travellers Advance through Universal Youth Services

The STATUS Toolkit was developed by a Key Action 2 Erasmus+ Project and led by Youth Work Ireland with the participation of Involve, Youth Action Northern Ireland and An Munia Tober / Bryson. Leargas the National Agency was also instrumental in their support and encouragement throughout this project process.The purpose of the STATUS Toolkit is to provide a Quality Assurance (QA) Framework whereby youth work organisations can engage in a process of self-evaluation and agree a Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) to support their youth work practices to be more inclusive of members of the Traveller community.  This will help to achieve the best possible outcomes for the engagement, participation and retention of young people from the Traveller community in their projects and activities.

Volunteer Achievement Awards (VAA)

This Award ceremony celebrates volunteering within our Federation. We are very lucky to have over 7000 dedicated volunteers who help out in our youth clubs and services every week. The contribution made by them is immense and makes a positive impact on youth work and young people. Read more>>

Work To Learn

Work to Learn Work to Learn is a work experience programme for young people who have struggled in mainstream education and who are at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. Work to Learn was developed by Ossory Youth, promoted by Youth Work Ireland and is supported with the assistance of State Street and the Irish Youth Justice Service .Read more>>

Youth Games

The Youth Games is Youth Work Irelands annual sports and activity programme. It is a one day, annual event which sees young people travelling from all corners of Ireland to play football, basketball, chess and table tennis. Read more>>

Youth Factor

The Youth Factor is Youth Work Irelands annual variety show. This national variety programme creates real opportunities for young people, whatever their ability, to gain confidence through performance and creativity. Read more>>

Youth Work Ireland Week

Youth Work Ireland Week is an annual celebration of youth services, youth work and young people across the Youth Work Ireland federation. Read more>>