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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
New Youth Work Committee established for Waterford and Wexford
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”.