This is NOT a training or information event but designed for those already active in the work or about to start work in the area


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 this scheme.

Please note:    Clubs/Groups whose primary focus is sport are not eligible to receive funding under the terms of this Scheme.

Application Forms for Waterford and Wexford are available from:

Ann Burke
Waterford and Wexford ETB
Ardcavan Business Park
Wexford Y35 P9EA
053-9123799 ext 162

For further information please contact the relevant Youth Officer:

Co. Waterford Waterford City Co. Wexford
Martin Fitzgerald Trina Tsai Maria Lindell
Youth Officer Youth Officer Youth Officer
058-51433 051-301596 053-9123799 ext 139


WWETB Youth Work Committee stakeholder consultation


Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board as part of ETB Act 2013 supports the: coordination, provision, assessment and administration of Youth Work.
Youth Work is defined in the Youth Work Act 2001 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.
Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board has established the Youth Work Committee to advise on its functions in relation to Youth Work. The Committee are looking to develop a Youth Work Plan.
Aim of consultation
1. To identify areas where the Youth Work Committee can add value to the provision of Youth work services in Counties Waterford and Wexford.
2. To identify gaps that exist currently in terms of needs of young people where a Youth Work response would make significant impact on improved outcomes for young people
3. To identify thematic and geographical areas that stakeholders identify as priority areas for Youth Work responses
Contribution to plan
Interested individuals or organisations are invited to contribute to the development of the plan by commenting on the following:
• how Youth Work as an non formal educational process and as defined above could contribute to meeting the needs of young people in their area
• What are the personal, social and community needs of young people or youth groups in an area that the ETB Youth Work Committee could support the provision of services in meeting these needs.
• The Youth Work plan is about Youth Work i.e., non-formal educational responses and is NOT about:
Childcare responses,
social work interventions,
Interventions which are primarily sporting or recreational
• The development of psychical infrastructural projects such as community or youth facilities would be beyond the scope of the Youth Work Committee but it may be able to support the development of these.
• The delivery of the Youth Work plan will be dependent on resources becoming available nationally and locally and the more creative use of existing resources will be explored in the short term.
Interested parties should make submissions in writing to the WWETB Youth Work Committee C/O Martin Fitzgerald, WWETB Dungarvan Office, F13 The Shopping Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford X35 DE93 or to

New Youth Work Committee established for Waterford and Wexford


photo committee 16 01 20 ywc

Back row (L to R): Claire McNamara (TUSLA), David Doyle (WWETB committee member), Cathy Drohan (WWETB Administration), Gail Sullivan (Foroige), Mary Halligan (Independent projects), Alison Parle (uniformed groups), Joe Gough (WWETB Youth Development Officer), Cris Fogarty (Youth Work Ireland)
Front row (L to R): Gavin Mooney (Comhairle na nOg: Wexford), Cllr. Mary Roche (WWETB committee member), Ríain O’Donoghue (Comhairle na nOg: Waterford), Peter Culleton (Gardaí), Martin Fitzgerald (WWETB, Youth Officer).


Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB) confirmed that the first full meeting of the recently established Youth Work Committee took place in Dungarvan.   The Committee will have responsibility for advising Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board on its Youth Work functions as outline in the ETB Act 2013.  The Youth Work Committee will oversee the support, co-ordination, administration and assessment of youth work services provided in Waterford and Wexford counties.  The Committee will be made up of nominees of the key Youth Work stakeholders and replaces the Youth committees of the former City of Waterford VEC, County Waterford VEC and County Wexford VEC.

The Committee will be chaired by Cllr. Mary Roche and will have members from WWETB, Foroige, Youth Work Ireland, the uniformed youth groups, independent youth projects, Comhairle na nÓg, TUSLA and the Gardaí.  The core function of the Committee will be to promote Youth Work as a non formal educational process and over the next few months will begin the process of developing a Youth Work Plan for the area.

The Youth Work Committee will be supported in its work by the ETB Youth work staff, Martin Fitzgerald and Joe Gough.  “Youth Work as a process of non formal education is recognised at national and European level as complementary to their formal, academic or vocational education and training.  It is provided by trained staff and volunteers in communities across Waterford and Wexford” says Martin Fitzgerald, Youth Officer for Waterford and Wexford counties.  He added that “Youth Work provision ranges from one night a week youth groups to fully staffed Youth Projects dealing with the personal and social development of young people as well equipping young people to deal with a range of issues that they face such as progression in education, developing a sense of community, substance misuse or mental health.  It is intended that the Committee will act as a space to promote and develop the practice of Youth Work”.


Local Youth Club Equipment Grant


In recognition of the important role of volunteer-led youth clubs/groups in supporting young people, and their on-going engagement with the incorporation of the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups (NQSVlYG), an equipment grant has been made available in 2019, 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.

In Waterford Wexford almost 90 groups applied for the grant and the Youth Work Affairs team of the Waterford Wexford ETB are currently finalising the assessment of applications and an announcement re awards are expected shortly.


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