I hope you're keeping well.
Before we head into the weekend, below you'll find your round-up of opportunities, updates and events from NYCI and across the sector - including our €5,000 grant scheme for artists and youth workers and a chance to share your online safety training needs.
Upcoming training, deadlines, and calls
Remember to check out our Covid-19 hub for more resources, training, and advice.
Online Safety and Awareness Training: What do you need?
The NYCI Child Protection Programme is developing a training to support the youth work sector with online safety and awareness, and we would like to have your inputs and feedback as part of this development process. Share your training needs now >>
The 2021 Artist and Youth Work Residency Grant Scheme is now open for applications!
Do you have a good idea for a youth arts project in your youth group but require the funding to work with an artist? Apply now for the Youth Arts Explorer Grant €1,500 or Youth Arts Full Grant €5,000. Find out more or apply >>
Design, delivery, and evaluation of youth arts projects
Adapted for delivery online, this training will equip participants with an overview of the skills necessary to design, deliver, and evaluate a youth arts programme. It will explore an understanding of the youth work elements in youth arts projects, and provide participants with an overview of the project management lifecycle. Register here >>
Sustainable development games
Our STEAM in Youth Work programme, in partnership with the NYCI Youth 2030 Global Youth Work and Development Education programme, Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), and Trócaire, has developed a online CPD training programme that will enable youth workers to use games to strengthen their practice while focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals and development education issues of concern to the young people they work with. Take a look >>
Rethinking impact: Legacy and evaluation in a global youth work context
Evaluating outcomes in a global youth work context is vital in measuring social change and showing the change effect of the work to a wider audience. We want to create an opportunity to think about evaluation work and how global youth work programmes might contribute to understanding how change making happens in practice. Find out more >>
Live webinar: Volunteering in a changing world
For this webinar, the Child Protection Programme has partnered with Volunteer Ireland to look at how societal changes are impacting the way people volunteer. We will look at virtual, micro, and episodic volunteering as ways of engaging new volunteers and how we can keep our current volunteers engaged when volunteering in person isn’t possible. Sign up here >>
Global issues that matter to YOUth: Youth consultation to inform Irish Aid strategy
Irish Aid is developing a new strategic plan for 2021 to 2024 and wants to hear from young people aged 16 to 30. This online consultation will consider what the big issues are affecting our world today and what young people think should be done about them. Learn more >>
Covid-19: guidance for youth services
We continue to work with officials in the department to revise the guidance in response to any new restrictions and will continue to update the Guidance for Youth Organisations on Resuming Full Services. We will also update the official DCEDIY/NYCI Covid Induction for Youth Services to reflect any changes.
Idea and learning exchange: Gaisce Wavelength project
This practical two-hour session will gather those who are supporting young people with refugee status or who are asylum seekers and who are between the ages of 14 and 25. It will give an overview of the Wavelength project and how it can support these young people to access Gaisce. Register here >>
Are you a Gaisce President's Award leader?
Gaisce is running catch-up gatherings across all regions. To get the registration link for your area, email [email protected] >>
Applications now open: EIL Seed Fund
Do you have an idea that you would like to grow into an action? Micro grants are available to help successful individuals and groups implement their own awareness-raising projects in Ireland. Apply here >>
Calling young environmentalists!
Join ECO-UNESCO's new initiative: Young Environmentalist Actions. As part of the Young Environmentalist Awards, the organisation is looking to know more about your environmental action or challenge. Read more and register >>
Blossom Ireland wins AONTAS STAR award
Blossom Ireland has won the award for its online blended course for young people with intellectual disabilities. My Blossom Channel is Ireland's first course of its kind. Find out more >>
Helium Arts seeks visual artist
Helium Arts, the national children’s arts and health charity, is seeking a professional multi-disciplinary visual artist to develop its Remote Creative Health Programme for teenagers with long-term health conditions this year. The role will design and deliver a pilot programme as well as a future development brief for a programme that can be replicated in the future. Deadline: 17 March. Email Gemma Rattigan for the brief >>
Online volunteering opportunities
Voluntary Service International is currently offering exciting international online volunteer opportunities covering a range of topics including conscious consumerism, sustainable solutions, and the history of the global peace movement. Find out more and view opportunities >>
Every year in March, INAR and its network celebrate a month full of events focused on anti-racism, diversity, and equality. It's an important month for both Irish and global anti-racism movements, with national and international dates focusing on combating racism and celebrating diversity taking place. The main focus is on the International Day for the Elimination of Racist Discrimination, taking place on 21 March. Check out the events >>
Irish Girl Guides to receive European Citizens’ Prize
Irish Girl Guides are delighted to have been selected to receive the European Citizens’ Prize in recognition of the organisation’s achievements in promoting awareness of the European Union. Since launching its Europe programme in partnership with European Movement Ireland two years ago, almost 3,000 of its youth members have earned the Europe badge. This involves taking part in age-appropriate activities that help them gain an understanding of the EU and how it affects the lives of Irish citizens. Read all about it here.
Is your Organisation an NYCI Member?
As well as advocating on your behalf, NYCI provides advice, networking and development opportunities, and expert training in all areas of youth work, including child protection, development education, equality, arts, health, and more. Find out more here >>
Gaisce: Digital media and communications officer
Other Youth Sector News
The Ireland Funds – Heart of the Community Fund
The Ireland Funds has announced the launch of the Heart of the Community Fund. This will provide critical and timely funding to a wide range of not-for-profit organizations across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Find out more about the grants and how to apply >>
Fundraising Online: #FRO2021
Fundraising Online is a virtual fundraising conference taking place this year from 28-30 April. It will focus on the new and emerging technologies that are so criticial to fundraisers as they move through the pandemic and beyond. Tickets for the three day event start from just £30, with bursaries available for organisations that need financial support to attend. Register here >>
DCEDIY releases statement of strategy
The new strategy takes account of various commitments in the Programme for Government for which the department is responsible and covers priorities agreed with Minister Roderic O’Gorman, T.D. It was developed on foot of input received from staff, other government departments, and external stakeholders as part of a wide consultation process. Download the strategy documents >>
HIQA consultation: Draft national standards for children's social services
HIQA has begun a six week consultation to inform the development of the new Draft National Standards for Children’s Social Services. These standards articulate what safe and high quality services should look like and set out what outcomes a child should expect when accessing Tusla services and what a service needs to achieve these outcomes. Your input into the development of these standards would be welcomed and appreciated. Find out more and complete the questionnaire >>
Call for activities: European Youth Centres
The process for applications for activities to be held in cooperation with the European Youth Centres as part of the Youth for Democracy programme in the first semester of 2022 is now open. These activities concern, for the main part, study sessions and special projects. Find out more >>
Goi Peace Foundation 2021 International Essay Contest for Young People
This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. Find out how to enter >>
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