May 5, 2021

Great to be Outdoors for Youth Work Ireland Week

Fitness workouts, fishing adventures, photography sessions, art classes and creating urban gardens were just some of the events that marked an action-packed Youth Work Ireland Week at Limerick Youth Service (LYS).

With the theme of the week aptly titled ‘Youth Work Outdoors’, this year’s Youth Work Ireland Week coincided with the easing of the government’s Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.

As part of the celebrations, participants with LYS youth clubs/groups wore Youth Work Outdoors themed t-shirts that proved very popular.

As if she knew the young people of Ireland were eager to get outside, Mother Nature cast a favourable eye over Limerick, with high temperatures and blue skies a welcome sight across the Treaty County.

Among the many highlights of a busy week was a multi-sport event in Garryowen as the team with the Garryowen UBU Youth Project welcoming young people back with a mixture of new games and some familiar favourites!

A stone’s throw from Garryowen, the young people with St. Patrick’s Youth Club took part in an exciting fitness programme with tutor John Ryan that also a included a competitive game of dodgeball!

The sporting theme continued in King’s Island with teenagers taking part in five-a-side football tournaments at the impressive Star Rovers all weather pitch.

Meanwhile in West Limerick, Rathkeale Youth Space was a hive of activity with young people taking part in a variety of activities including art, yoga and football.

The theme of creating youth friendly outdoors spaces was a feature of the week as young people in Askeaton and Griffin Youth Groups worked on enhancing their respective youth spaces at Askeaton Community Centre and Gerald Griffin House, Limerick City.

With the favourable weather, several groups took the opportunity to venture outdoors with the Southside Girls Groups enjoying a social development workshops at The Factory Southside Youth Space.

As the sun settled on this year’s much anticipated Youth Work Ireland Week, LYS would like to thank the young people, volunteers and staff for participating in this year’s event.

Now in its tenth year, Youth Work Ireland Week is a celebration of youth work and acknowledges the part youth organisations play in supporting young people.

A member of Youth Work Ireland and the Irish Organisation of Community Training Centre, LYS remains committed to connecting with young people and supporting young people to reach their full potential.