Local Youth Services took to the Dail recently to impress upon decision makers the importance of local youth work to the country and its future. Youth Work Ireland held an Oireachtas briefing as part of Youth Work Ireland Week and representatives from the 22 local youth services from all around the country flagged issues like youth unemployment, community employment and the funding cuts that are decimating youth projects around the country. Youth Work Ireland Week sees over 100 events all around Ireland organised by local voluntary youth services. From Donegal to Wexford and from Kerry to Louth thousands of young people will be putting their best foot forward in showcasing what local communities and young people can do in partnership to build better communities and a better country for tomorrow.Recently Tipperary Regional Youth Service hosted a very successful Fun Run and a soccer blitz for local clubs.
“We are asking people to support us, all around this country by engaging with young people in our communities. Our volunteers and youth workers make Ireland a better place for young people to develop as active citizens. People can support this work and ensure that local communities are served by quality youth services. People can volunteer with us. Our work ensures young people choose healthy lifestyles, engage with their communities and develop as well rounded citizens today and for the future. By entrusting young people with leadership roles today we know our countries future is in safe hands tomorrow. People can stand with us. Ireland needs strong and vibrant local youth services in all our communities. Youth Work Ireland makes a real difference to young people’s lives today and for the future. Young people and youth work need to be supported today if we are to have a tomorrow. We are asking people to support our call for a moratorium on any more cuts to frontline services for children and young people,” said John Gilmore President of Youth Work Ireland.
“In every corner of Ireland there are voluntary activities for young people many run through Youth Work Ireland, it is high time that these are recognised and valued. Over 7,300 volunteers are engaged in their communities through local youth services and our services are in contact with over 100,000 young people. The week marks a positive endorsement of this work regardless of the economic challenges that we face. We are involved in building a better Ireland and better communities today and tomorrow and this week will highlight how exactly this is being done all around our country. We hope that all localities will be able to become involved” Said Patrick Burke CEO of Youth Work Ireland at the briefing.
Tipperary Regional Youth Service have many other events coming up throughout the summer and we very much hope that people in the community will come out and support us. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported us in the past.