Youth Work Ireland Week is our annual week of celebrating the work of local youth services around Ireland. This year the week will take place from Saturday April 21st - Saturday April 28th. The week will see thousands of young people across Youth Work Ireland Member Youth Services take part in activities and events.
Youth Work Ireland Week is also an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views on a certain topic or issue that affect their lives. The topic is chosen as part of a Consensus Process and Consensus Conference. This year the theme as voted on by young people, youth workers and volunteers is Sexual Health. Therefore Youth Work Ireland Week will create a space for young people to tell us their views and opinions on sexual health. This national consultation will inform how we support young people to understand their sexuality, develop a positive view of sexuality and guide their decision making and behaviour in a health way.
Youth Work Ireland Week began in 2013 and has grown each year since, with more young people participating in events and activities. Each year has a theme which is chosen by young people, youth workers and volunteers as part of Youth Work Ireland's Consensus Process and Consensus Conference. Themes to date include Equality, Youth Participation and Celebrating Volunteers.
This year we will be promoting the contribution youth and community work make to equality for young people in Ireland. Through focusing on Equality, we aim to promote actions and initiatives amongst young people, in Irish society and within our own organisation that support and build equality. During Youth Work Ireland Week thousands of young people across Ireland will be taking park in an arts based activity which will share their stories of what it is to be equal in Ireland in 2017 - Stories of Equality. This activity will create a shared understanding of equality, and raise awareness of equality challenges young people face in Ireland. The activity is available to download below
Youth Work Ireland Week 2016
Over 200 events took place through out Ireland and quite a number of which focused on supporting young people's mental wellbeing. Events included mindfulness sessions, wellbeing walks, variety shows, youth day events, holisitc clinics for young people and youth workers, music workshops, acupunture, yoga and reki sessions, sports events, creative arts sessions, spirituality workshops, mindfulness through colouring events, youth information seminars laughter therapy and the launch of 3 youth cafés... among some. The full schedule of the Youth Work Ireland Week events can be found by clicking here.
This year we had an international element to the week, when we hosted the 2nd British Irish Symposium on Youth Affairs. This event supported by Leargas and Causeway - British Irish Exchange, welcomed delegations from UK Youth, Youth Scotland, Youth Cymru and Youth Action Northern Ireland.