Who we are.


Youth Work Alliance is an independent membership organisation. Our membership comprises both full and part-time voluntary youth sector organisations providing services to children and young people in local communities. We work to achieve:

  • A strong independent voice for our members

  • A skilled and confident youth sector workforce

  • Youth organisations that are well managed and governed effectively

  • Youth settings that are safe, inclusive, participative and deliver a high quality service

We do this through:

Representation and Advocacy

  • Engagement and membership services

  • Participation in representative bodies

  • Support to representatives


  • Coordination of strategic activities of benefit to the membership

  • External/internal communication

  • Ensure members have access to relevant and timely information

Support to Local Delivery

  • Staff and volunteer training

  • Direct support to the membership

  • Support local partnerships/collaborations

Youth Work Alliance is formally registered as a Company Limited by guarantee.

Board members elected at AGM 2018 are:

Sam McCready      (Chair)

John  McLaughlin   (Treasurer)

Rita Burke

John Hoey

Paul  Smyth

Staff Team

Mary Field, Chief Executive Officer

Keith McCaugherty, Development Officer

Stephen Hughes, Development Officer