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 May 11th - May 18th. 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 began in 2013 and has grown each year since, with more young people participating in events and activities.
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. This year we will take the slogan 'youthworkworks' as inspiration and have developed an activity 'Pieces of the Puzzle' which will support young people celebrate and name the positive outcomes they gain from being part of a youth club, particularly around issues of identity, self-expression and confidence.
The 'Pieces of the Puzzle' activity is inspired by The Puzzle Art Installation and Collaborative Project originally created by the New York artist Tim Kelly and is a creative way to have individual voice collectively heard. It is a simple way for each of us to tell our own story and will give young people a sense of being part of something bigger than their local club.
This activity will also be part of Youth Work Ireland's Youth Wave programme.
Youth Work Ireland Week 2018
Youth Work Ireland Week 2018 took place from Saturday April 21st-28th and focused on the topic of Sexual Health. Throughout the week youth services created a space for young people to have their voices heard on this issue. We ran a national consultation to support young people to understand their sexuality, develop a positive view of sexuality and guide their decision making and behaviour in a health way. From these consultation young people will identify the main issues they want to LEARN MORE about, BE HEARD on & HAVE INFLUENCE on in relation to sexual health.
Youth Work Ireland Week 2017
Last year we promoted the contribution youth and community work make to equality for young people in Ireland. Through focusing on Equality, we promoted actions and initiatives among young people, in Irish society and within our own organisation that support and build equality. During Youth Work Ireland Week thousands of young people from across Ireland took part in an arts based activity which shared their stories of what it is to be equal in Ireland in 2017 - Stories of Equality. This activity created a shared understanding of equality, and helped 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.