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

Catherine O’Donnell, Membership Support Officer (North West)

Claire O’Hare, Membership Support Officer (Corporate Affairs)

Helen McVitty-O’Hara, Membership Support Worker

Kevin Traynor, Office Manager