Dormant Bank Account Fund Consultation
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Under Section 22 of the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008, the National Lottery Fund will distribute money under direction from the Department of Finance to increase capacity, resilience and sustainability in the Northern Ireland Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector.

These funds are not derived from National Lottery activity.

To ensure this funding has maximum impact in communities across Northern Ireland, they are now consulting with the sector, with a view to opening the fund in early 2020.

Based on the policy directions, they have developed this consultation framework. They are asking you to review this framework and share your thoughts.

There are several ways you can get involved:

Review the framework and share your views, thoughts and comments – send them to at

Come along to one of the events – To book a place, email at least one week before your preferred event and if you have any specific access or dietary requirements.

·        Belfast, Mossley Mill – 13th November – 9.30-1.30

·        Enniskillen, Killyhevlin Hotel - 27th November - 9.30-1.30

·        Craigavon, Civic Centre – 2nd December – 12.30-4.30

·        Derry-Londonderry, Guildhall – 12th December – 9.30-1.30

If YWA members are interested we can organise a roundtable event and invite someone to come along to facilitate the discussions so contact us if you would be interested in this.  This would enable YWA to make a collective response. To express your interest email us.

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Lenadoon young people complete South Africa trip two years in the making

A group of young people from Lenadoon have returned from a trip to South Africa two years in the making. They worked alongside youth leaders from Glen Parent Youth Group to help young people and families in townships in Durban.

The young people planned the 17 day trip for two years, raising £20,000 through a huge fundraising drive. In South Africa, the group volunteered in 'Durban Child and Youth Care Centre (DCYCC)' where they renovated the staff offices - which hadn't happened since 1999.They also built relationships with staff and young people at the centre. To read the full article click here.


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Camp Rock Halloween is now open for applications

The Youth Service Creative Arts & Digital Innovation (CADi) Programme is organising the Camp Rock Halloween training course in Corrymeela. The programme will run from the 28th October to 1st November for young people aged 14-18. 

The programme offers the participants the opportunity either to participate in a rock band, develop music skills, perform in a live rock show and gain an OCN Level 1 in Music Performance, or join the Media Team programme. The Media Team will prepare all the films about the bands, create album covers, promote and plan the main show and support the band. All Media participants will be offered the opportunity to join an OCN Level 3 programme in Media in January 2020.

To find out more click here.

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13-17 Jan 2020

A celebration of EA sponsored youth services within the voluntary sector!

The project rationale is based on the need for membership organisations to better articulate, market and celebrate the work and achievements of young people, staff and volunteers.  YWA is strategically placed to support membership groups to articulate the successes of their interventions and share these with and across communities and interested areas.  A week of themed activities will highlight and share the impacts and outcomes of youth work including some of the progress made against EA, START and Children’s and Youth People Strategic Outcomes.  Below is the proposed outline of the project deliverables:

Aim: Coordinate and promote EA funded youth work and YWA membership


·        Celebration of outcomes using themes to help focus on the important deliverables across the sector.

·        Promoting good practice and organisational achievements through innovative activities and media sharing

·        Celebrate the achievements of staff, volunteers and young people against youth work outcomes


·        Localised media outputs of YWA membership celebrating youth services within and across communities

·        Completion and sharing of the impact card model

·        Marketing and sharing of promotional materials each day according to themed days

·        Coordination of celebration events with certificate presentations and volunteer celebrations in local communities


Delivery: Daily Themes

Youth Work Improving.…….

·        Monday: Health & well-Being examining the contribution of youth work to health &   well-being outcomes

·        Tuesday: Access for all examining participation and inclusion of youth work within                                            the participation outcome

·        Wednesday: Living in safety will examine how youth work keeps young people safe through positive developmental, educational activities and positive decision making;

·        Thursday: Active citizenship will examine how youth work supports young people with their identity, civic engagement and responsibilities

·        Friday: Learning & achieving will enable groups examine how their organisations, staff and young people have improved educational outcomes and potential for learning.  The week will finish with a celebration for all volunteers within youth services within their own units.


Ideas for Promotional Materials

·        Make a video on a theme

·        Create a poster/collage/leaflet

·        Interview a young person/staff member/volunteer

·        Get a young person to tell their story

·        Interview an alumni who can articulate the longevity of the impacts

·        Create a selfie-frame for photos with #YouthWorkWorks

·        Make a cartoon board

·        Create a mural within the unit

·        Share old photos with a story

·        Create a message board on social media


Make sure all materials have youth work alliance and education authority logo’s attached.



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Community Relations / Cultural Diversity

The Community Relations Council, with the support of Government, has established a fund of approximately £400,000 to spend each year on community relations projects. This funding is intended to help community/voluntary groups throughout Northern Ireland develop their capacity to engage in community relations work and to enhance the community relations potential of projects they undertake. To find out more about the funding and the eligibility criteria, click here.

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Children in Need Small Grants programme is now open

Children in Need Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years. The applications close on the 2nd of December but we advise you to start the process early.

Projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect

  2. Any kind of disability

  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties

  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

The organistation funds projects that make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

In our Small Grants programme we are looking for projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people. We are unlikely to fund applications for top up funding for salaries or larger projects where a small grant would only make a marginal impact on their success.

To find out more and to apply click here.

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How up-to-date are your policies and procedures?

YWA delivered a number of information sessions in September to introduce members to our new Staff Handbook.

The Staff Handbook provides a useful framework for voluntary management committees to adopt, in bringing together all of the critical policies and procedures necessary for the effective functioning of a voluntary youth club.

At this stage, the handbook contains up-to-date employment policies and procedures and key supporting organisational policies. YWA has worked with NICVA’s Sector Matters to ensure that employment policies and procedures are in line with current legislation. The handbook also contains critical guidance for managers and management committees to support policy development and implementation.

We will continue to develop this resource over the coming months, adding policies and procedures to support pastoral care, premises management and good governance, along with a range of resources to support quality assurance processes for youth work practice delivery.

In terms of YWA’s quality assurance processes, we need to ensure that we provide groups, in receipt of the Handbook, with the required guidance and cautionary advice on how the sample policies and procedures should be taken forward by management committees and staff. For this reason, the Handbook is only available to members attending an information briefing.

Additional information briefings will be delivered in all areas - we will keep you posted!

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Outreach & Detached Community of Practice Event
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We are organising an Outreach and Detached Community of Practice event. This is a training opportunity for part-time and fulltime staff and volunteers working in the field of either outreach and or detached youth work funded by the Education Authority. The event will examine partnership, collaboration and joint working and it aims to expand your knowledge and it’s open only to YWA Members.


  • Una McCartney, On the Streets (Derry)

  • PSNI

  • Michelle Donnelly, West Belfast Mobile Youth Project

  • Stevie Mulholland, Belfast City Centre Initiative

  • Pol Hamilton, Belfast City Council

Date: 17 October 2019

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Venue: Corrs Corner Hotel, 315 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 4TQ


Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. To RSVP click here.

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International Charity Fraud Awareness Week

Fraud is a serious threat to every organisation, charities included. With reported fraud increasing at an alarming rate it is vital for charities of all shapes and sizes to protect their income and assets by building strong defenses.

Charity Fraud Awareness Week promotes openness and honesty about fraud. It brings together everyone involved in the charity and not-for-profit sectors to raise awareness and share good practice in tackling fraud and financial crime.

Welcome to the new one stop shop for information on how to prevent, detect and respond to fraud committed against charities, NGOs and other not-for-profit organisations, where you can:

  • Organise some activities aimed at your staff and volunteers, members and beneficiaries, donors and supporters, customers and clients

  • Pre-register for of the free online charity fraud awareness hub and take part in the live webinar discussions

  • Download, use and share the free e-learning resources, practical helpsheets and case studies

  • Enter for a Charities Against Fraud Award

Register to access the free resources available and to take part in the live sessions on Monday 21 October 2019 as part of the International Charity Fraud Awareness Week.

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The Ecobricks Movement

Ecobricks are made with clean, dry plastic that otherwise would end up in the land fields. Ecobricking is not just a technology, it’s a movement. is the home of the Global Ecobrick Alliance (GEA).  This is a grassroots movement- a collective of ecobrick leaders from around the world united in the vision of seeing an end to ‘trash’.

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have turned to ecobricks as a way to take personal responsibility for their plastic. In the organisation’s website you can find resources on how to properly make ecobricks, how to use them in construction and about the local ecobrick collection and distribution points.

What is great about ecobricks rather that the environmental benefit? Making ecobricks is an easy and fun process that can help you engage young people with grassroots environmental activism.

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Dormant Bank Account Fund to be established

The Department of Finance has announced that a Dormant Account Fund will be established to support projects in the third sector.

Dormant accounts are accounts where banks and buildings societies have been unable to trace the customer of accounts which have been untouched for 15 or more years. 

£16m has been made available to the Northern Ireland fund from dormant bank and building society accounts to fund work to support resilience, capacity and sustainability in the sector.

Making the announcement, Permanent Secretary Sue Gray said: “Northern Ireland has a really strong third sector that is doing fantastic work and making a positive and meaningful impact on so many people’s lives.   

“A key principle of this £16m Dormant Account Fund is that it will be used to fund services that would not normally attract public money – providing a real opportunity for a range of organisations including community and voluntary groups and social enterprises to access funding.”

The National Lottery Community Fund has been directed by the Department to deliver the fund and will now further engage with the third sector to develop a Strategic Action Plan for the scheme which will open this financial year.

To find out more click here.

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CRED Inclusion Training - Crossmaglen

Youth Work Alliance is delivering a CRED (Community Relations, Equality and Diversity) Inclusion Training session, in the Southern area.

The training is focused on good practice, skills, knowledge and resources required for the inclusion of young people recognised as being identified from CRED backgrounds.

The event will take place in St Oliver Plunkett YC and is open to part-time staff and volunteers from Youth Work Alliance Members. You will need to book your place by Monday 18 November.

To book your place click here.

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Translink Youth Forum

The Translink Youth Forum (TYF) is a regional group of young people aged between 16 & 24. TYF’s overall aim is to improve public transport for young people in Northern Ireland. They do this by:

  • providing a space for young people to express their views and experience

  • connecting young people to decision makers and those who are in power to create positive change

  • represent young people by engaging in consultations workshops with Transport 

This year marks TYF’s 10th year delivering in partnership between young people and public transport. To celebrate, TYF will be going on a road show to hear the views and experiences of young people all across Northern Ireland. For this purpose, hey are organising 4 regional youth events. To find out more about the events click here.

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Lisburn & Castlereagh Youth Council

YOUth MATTERs is on the search for Youth Council Members to represent the voices of young people across the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area.

To apply you must live in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area and be aged 16-21.

Lisburn Castlereagh Youth Council (LCYC) will enable young people to engage with key decision makers, have their say on local issues, meet new friends and be a representative voice for young people in their area.

Youth Council Members will be involved in influencing a range of council events and programmes and will have the opportunity to undertake accredited training to grow and develop their skills and boost their confidence in representing young people’s views and opinions. To find out more click here.

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CRED Inclusion Training - Dungannon

Youth Work Alliance is delivering a CRED (Community Relations, Equality and Diversity) Inclusion Training session, in the South West.

The training is focused on good practice, skills, knowledge and resources required for the inclusion of young people recognised as being identified from CRED backgrounds.

This event is open only to Youth Work Alliance Members and it will take place at the Dungannon Youth Resource, on Tuesday 12 November from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm and light lunch will be also provided. You will need to book your place by Tuesday 5 November.

To book your place click here.

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