May 5, 2019

Youth Work Ireland Week 2019


Thousands of young people from across Ireland, including Limerick will celebrate this year’s Youth Work Ireland Week which runs from Saturday, May 11th to May 18th.

Now in its seventh year, Youth Work Ireland Week is a celebration of young people and the work of local youth services do in communities around Ireland.

The week will start on Saturday, May 11th at Croke Park with the finals of the Irish Youth Music Awards where local group, Foreplay representing Limerick Youth Service.

Youth Work Ireland’s annual Political Briefing will take place on Wednesday, May 15th at Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin.  This event is a opportunity for young people and representatives from local youth organisations to meet with members of the Oireachtas and update and inform them of issues of importance to young people.

Youth Work Ireland Week will also see the launch of three major initiatives:

  • Talking About Sexual Health: a new tool as part of Youth Work Ireland’s Positive Sexual Health Campaign, ‘Talking About Sexual Health’.  This resource will support youth workers to open safe conversations with young people around sexual health.

  • Sex Education: launch of a national online petition seeking a change in the Education Act 1998 to have sex education in schools inclusive and not restricted by a school’s religious ethos.

  • #campaignforchange2020: launch of a national postal campaign to encourage young people identify the issue they want to work on in 2020

Youth Work Ireland Week will also see a variety of events taking place across the country with Limerick Youth Service hosting a variety of workshop, information sessions and fun day.

On the local front Limerick Youth Service has an action packed week planned for Youth Work Ireland Week with many of our groups putting the pieces of the puzzle together for a Youth Wave in October!

Among the highlights are:

  • Pieces of the Puzzle: an interactive, arts-based and fun session that will allow young people decorate their very own puzzle piece to express themselves, their individual identity and the uniqueness of their club/group.  A selection of the puzzle pieces will be part of a Youth Wave in Athlone in October

    • Various LYS youth clubs/groups throughout the week.
  • Youth Identity Project: an innovative programme that works with young women (16-18 yrs) to explore who they are and reflect on where their sense of identity comes from.

    • Various LYS youth clubs/groups throughout the week
  • Foreplay in Croker: local band Foreplay will be cheered on by their passionate fans as they take part in the Irish Youth Music Awards.

  • Elections? Limerick Be Heard host an introduction to the local and European elections and explain the Irish system of voting, including the proportional electorally system.

    • Limerick Youth Service, Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick, Tuesday, May 14th (4-6pm).  
  • Volunteer with LYS: adults (18+) are invited to explore the value of youth work and the important role that youth groups play in the life of a young person.

  •              Limerick Youth Service, Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick, Tuesday, May 14th (6-7pm)

  • Detached Youth Work: our detached youth work team will tell you everything you need to know about this exciting new development in youth work.

    • Limerick Youth Service, Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick, Wednesday, May 15th (1-2pm)
  • World Culture at LYS: experience the diversity of youth culture in Limerick as young people showcase their food, music and culture

    • Limerick Youth Service, Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick, Thursday, May 16th (6-8pm)
  • Migration, Integration and Me: an interactive workshop on young people experience of migration, integration and cultural identity.

    •  Limerick Youth Service, Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick, Friday, May 17th (1-2pm)
  • The Rainbow Gang: find out more about our LGBTI+ Youth Group from its weekly meetings to its leading role in Limerick Pride and more!

    • Limerick Youth Service, Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick, Friday, May 17th (5-7pm)
  • Mindfulness Morning: an introduction to mindfulness for volunteers with Limerick Youth Service’s youth clubs & groups

    • Rathkeale Youth Space, Co. Limerick, Saturday, May 18th (10:30am-1pm)


You can keep up to date on Youth Work Ireland Week via LYS’ social media platforms.

A member of Youth Work Ireland, LYS remains committed to connection with young people and supporting them to reach their full potential.