Fr. John Dear is a world renowned anti-violence author and campaigner. We had the privilege of hosting him along with Fr. Martin Magill in May and securing his support for the Stop Attacks Campaign and to help in the creation of a non-violence curriculum for working with young people. Thanks to Fr. John for his ongoing support!
We had the privileged of hosting Matt Deitsch from the ‘March For Our Lives’ Campaign in the United States of America. Matt hosted a workshop with young people from across Belfast at Holy Trinity Youth Centre exploring the dangers of violence and getting involved in violence. Pictured here with some of the participants, Matt appreciated having the chance to hear first hand of the violence experienced by the young people in their lives. The young people also heard about the Parkland School shooting and how gun violence has affected Matt’s community.
We had the honour to host 27 Deloitte consultants for a week in June this year. Pictured below, this dynamic team worked across four projects for Youth Work Alliance and the membership organisations. During the week the team worked so hard to produce a business plan for Youth Work Alliance, an East Belfast Youth Providers operational model, models for collaboration & partnership in local communities and finally a strategy for the collaboration & partnership working in Derry/Londonderry. We have to offer our sincerest thanks to all the Deloitte staff for their hard work, determination and the high quality of the services designed. We are looking forward to working with you again next year!
The Youth Work Alliance staff continue to attend the stakeholder consultation events on behalf of the membership to ensure that we have their voices represented at all the events. The co-designing of these events with EA has enabled huge successes with large numbers of young people, parents, staff and workers represented. Keep an eye out on our diary page for other events coming up.
The START Project staff and some additional youth workers took part in a seminar with Matt Deitsch of the ‘March For Our Lives’ Campaign in the United States in May 2019. This day examined how the Parkland Shooting in Florida led to the largest youth movement in North America. Practitioners learned a lot from Matt. YWA would like to extend our gratitude for his input and encouragement during the session.
Youth Work Alliance is facilitating a Youth Work Trainee Scheme with the Education Authority providing 72 trainees with the opportunity to progress towards the youth support worker qualification. This project is in operation between May and August 2019 to provide to our membership organisations with places for their part-time staff aged 18-25 years of age. Each trainee will complete their Level 2 and Level 3 in Youth Work. The trainees will also receive training in Safeguarding & Pastoral Care, First Aid, Groupwork, CRED & Inclusion, Reflective Practice and Outreach/Detached Youth Work. Each of the three Hubs (North West/Belfast & Mid Ulster) have trainees undertaking the scheme.
48 youth workers from across Northern Ireland participated in a seminar examining many of the issues within these methodologies. The event took place on 25th June in Cookstown Youth Resource Centre in partnership with the Education Authority. As a result of this seminar we have agreed to set up a Community of Practice for Outreach & Detached Youth Work.
This action plan was presented to and approved by the membership at our recent conference event 2019. Here is a synopsis for your information. Any question do not hesitate in contacting the office.
New members to the youth work alliance this month include:
Shantallow Youth Intervention Group
Marrowbone Youth Club
Seymourhill & Conway Residents Association and Youth Council
Blackmountain Action Group
Inverbrena Youth Club
Glen Development Initiative
The Whistle Project
Welcome to the family everyone!
Arlene Kee, Ass. Director of Youth presents to the Members Conference this year in the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick. The conference this year reflected and assessed last years programme of work. We also set out the organisational priorities for the year ahead.
Alliance members hosted Catherine Smith MP in St. Peters Immaculata YC as she examined youth work and its impacts on crime. We must thank Colin McGrath MLA for his support.
The Stop Attacks Campaign met with the Children’s Commissioner this week to outline progress made and possible joint working arrangements in the future. this was a very productive meeting and we look forward to working with you all again in the near future.
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