Voluntary Youth Work Provision

Setting up a Voluntary Youth Group

Working Safely in a Youth Club – Guidance for Youth Leaders on how to create a safe environment  NYCI – https://www.youth.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/NYCI-Working-Safely-in-a-Youth-Club.pdf

Garda Vetting – all volunteers in a Youth Group MUST complete Garda Vetting. This can be done through the organisation that the group is affiliated to. For unaffiliated groups please contact Cavan Volunteer Centre – https://volunteercavan.ie/ or Monaghan Volunteer Centre – https://volunteermonaghan.ie/

Child Protection Training MUST be undertaken by each volunteer. Please see Child Protection (TUSLA Children First e-learning Programme – https://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-e-learning-programme/ )

GDPR Guidelines – it is advised that, if your youth group is affiliated to an organisation, that you follow their GDPR Guidelines. In the case of unaffiliated group contact Cavan Volunteer Centre – https://volunteercavan.ie/ or Monaghan Volunteer Centre – https://volunteermonaghan.ie/ for advice and guidance.

Sample Forms necessary in a Volunteer-Led Youth Group

Accident/Incident Report Form; Child Safeguarding Statement & Risk Assessment; GDPR Form; Health & Safety Statement; Parental & Medical Consent Form; Sign-In Sheet

Youth Club Grants Scheme – Eligibility Criteria & Application

The Local Youth Club Grant Scheme (LYCGS) supports volunteer-led youth club/group activities at a local level. The Scheme, which provides grant aid towards the costs of running clubs/groups, is part-funded by the proceeds of the National Lottery. 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. ETBs advertise the Scheme locally on an annual basis, outlining the purpose of the grant and the eligibility criteria.

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 the Scheme. In 2017, DCYA incorporated the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups into the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme. These national quality standards were developed to support and enhance voluntary work with young people. Criteria for eligibility: 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 LYCGS funding.

To be eligible for funding from the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme, the club/group must satisfy the following criteria:

  • It must be volunteer led and it must be based on the voluntary participation of young people.
  • 75% of the club/group members must be under the age of 21.
  • It must be able to clearly outline the benefits of club/group membership for young people who participate in its programmes.
  • The club/group must adhere to the requirements set out in Section 2 of the Application Form.
  • The club/group must have a nominated designated liaison person (DLP) for child protection.
  • The club/group must have written procedures setting out child protection arrangements which are adapted to the nature of the organisation’s contact with children and which comply with the requirements outlined in Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (DCYA, 2011).
  • All adult volunteers working with young people must have been Garda vetted before they start volunteering.
  • Appropriate insurance cover must be in place.
  • Volunteers must have access to a first aid kit and must be able to use it correctly.
  • The club/group must have a Health and Safety statement, policy or procedures. (Note: this applies to clubs/groups that own premises. Clubs/groups that do not own premises must confirm that they have seen and operate to the building’s Health and Safety Policy.)
  • Information on all aspects of the three NQSVlYG Standards must be included in your Application Form response.

Please note that clubs/groups whose primary focus is sport are not eligible to receive funding under the terms of this scheme.

Links to Youth Organisations

https://www.comhaltas.ie/
https://www.communitygames.ie/
https://www.colaistenabhfiann.ie/
https://www.foroige.ie/
https://www.irishgirlguides.ie/
https://www.macra.ie/
https://www.archclubs.com/
http://boysbrigade.ie/
https://www.girlsbrigadeirl.ie/
https://www.girlsfriendlysociety.ie/
https://www.scouts.ie/
https://www.youthworkireland.ie/
https://autism.ie/
https://www.presbyterianireland.org/
https://downsyndrome.ie/
https://www.ireland.anglican.org/
http://gonzoyouththeatre.ie/

Useful Links & Documents

Cavan:

Monaghan:

 

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