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2018 Review

Welcome to our exciting review of all the activities that took place during 2018. Enjoy scrolling through how our organisation is governed by our dedicated voluntary Board of Directors, what we’ve been up and some of our future plans. If you would like to be involved in any area of our organisation we would be delighted to hear from you and provide you with support and opportunities.


OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES The Main Objects for which the Company is established are: (a) To work towards the development of young people in society and to promote their general education, physical and mental development. (b) To promote formal and informal education through the medium of youth work practice and programmes. (c) To support the development of integrated, professional responses to the youth work needs of local communities. In furtherance of the Main Objects set out above, the Company shall have the following subsidiary objects which are exclusively subsidiary and ancillary to those Main Objects; which are to be used only: for the attainment of those Main Objects; and from which any income generated is to be applied for those Main Objects only: (a) To provide training, networking, support and direction to volunteer and paid youth workers. (b) To promote the development of the youth club movement. (c) To promote the development of special services to young people. (d) To encourage and develop awareness of societal issues with a view to promoting social action by young people. (e) To carry out and promote research into good practice in youth work and young people generally. (f) To promote and develop awareness amongst the general public of issues affecting youth work and young people generally. (g) To monitor public policy in regard to young people and make representations at local and national level as appropriate. (h) To procure and allocate resources for the development of youth work. (i) To do all such further or other things as will further the attainment of the above Main Objects or any of them. Strategic Report Meath Youth Federation Company limited by Guarantee T/A Youth Work Ireland Meath was originally established in 1989 as a response to a growing number of youth clubs in Meath. Registered as a limited company in 1992 and affiliated to Youth Work Ireland, the organisation has increased its level of work with young people in Meath over the last number of years. Youth Work Ireland Meath also recruit, support and train Volunteer leaders and have over 124 volunteers currently working throughout the county with a membership of over 1,100 young people. Youth Work Ireland Meath also aims to monitor, research and disseminate information concerning young people and work closely with statutory, voluntary and community groups to meet the changing needs of young people. Youth Work Ireland Meath promotes the development of youth clubs and, in addition to providing youth work practice and programmes, obtain and allocate resources for their projects. Youth Work Ireland Meath is committed to ensuring the provision of a quality youth service in Meath through: -

Recruiting, supporting and training volunteers, leaders and staff. The development of Youth Clubs and Youth Programmes and in addition to improving Youth Work practice and programmes. Monitoring, researching and disseminating information concerning young people and working closely with statutory, voluntary and community groups to meet the changing needs of young people. The development and implementation of policies committed to best practice, e.g. Child Protection, Garda Vetting and Volunteer Development.


Our Vision Our vision is that the young people of Meath lead meaningful lives and participate as valued members of their community. Our Mission To support our young people and volunteers to create social and educational activities that are fun and constructive for their future and the future of their communities. Our Values Fairness: We exercise and advocate for fairness in all areas of our work, especially in the way people are treated and decisions are made Equality: We are open to all young people with full and equal access. Openness: Provide a real opportunity for young people to participate and be involved in the decisions made which affect all aspects of their lives. Honesty: Transparent and authentic in all our work and be openly accountable to our funding partners and sponsors. Local: See local volunteers as the core deliverers of our service. Collaborative: Community based in full collaboration with and integrated with the network of services and organisations in our community. Quality: Provide a professional and energetic experience that is responsive to the needs of all our stakeholders in a safe environment. Target Audience Youth Work Ireland Meath serves young people in County Meath, between the ages of 8 and 25, providing a range of social, sporting, artistic and educational activities and programmes. The youth service is managed by our Regional Director, who is supported by 3 part - time Youth Workers and 2 Community Employment (CE) staff and an extremely valuable resource of volunteers from throughout the County. Volunteers and Young People are the backbone of Youth Work Ireland Meath and as such are valued highly by the organisation.

Strategic Aims & Objectives 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Improve access to youth services for the young people of Meath Continuously improve the quality of our Services Develop into an organisation lead by and run for young people Integrate effectively with other youth organisations Ensure the organisation is sustainable


ACHIEVEMENTS AND PERFORMANCE

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10 face to face board meetings and 3 teleconferences took place in 2018 Policies were reviewed and a number of new policies developed. In line with the Child Care Act our Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment was developed and approved. The Board undertook a ‘Root & Branch’ workshop to ensure that we continue to provide a quality and value for money service. Staff undertook the workshop separately. A combination of the outcomes will inform our strategic plan in the future. 4 new board members were sourced as part our board development to ensure a wide range of skills and expertise will guide the organisation. This year we initiated our first ‘AGM on Tour’, bringing our annual general meeting to one of our affiliated youth clubs venue to encourage inclusion and partnership. On behalf of the Board the Regional Director attended the Department of Children & Youth Affairs ‘Measuring Conversation’ event in Croke Park to inform our system of data collection on youth and programme activities. Board members visited affiliated youth clubs to ensure volunteers and young people get a better understanding of the role of a volunteer board member. The objective is for the Board to experience the work and commitment carried out by our dedicated volunteers.

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42 % increase in youth club affiliations with new youth clubs in Ratoath, Carlanstown and Trim and provided support to Kilmessan and Kildalkey through public meetings. 456 youth club members supported by 112 volunteers and 12 young volunteers. 35 new volunteers trained and Garda Vetted. 61 youth club visits throughout 2018 along with club visits by the Board. 4 Child Protection trainings delivered to 61 volunteers Team Building activity delivered to 40 young people in Bettystown/Laytown Youth Club (BDLM) Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths (STEAM) activities delivered to 10 young people in Ratoath Youth Club. 7 of our peer educators delivered a workshop on Sustainable Development to 20 young members of Navan Youth Club. 8 young volunteers received training in our newly designed Leadership training programme which led to 2 young people becoming senior volunteers. 4 young members of our Special Needs youth club, The Night Club, undertook Leadership training with the support of their 2 adult volunteers from The Night Club and Bettystown/Laytown Youth Clubs. They are now senior volunteers. Opportunities for volunteers to connect, learn and bring activity skills to their youth clubs. Youth Clubs undertook a national consultation on what activities young people would like to engage in in a national event.


ACHIEVEMENTS AND PERFORMANCE (Continued)

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103 young people attended our Annual Youth Participation Day from local secondary schools, Involve Meath, Navan Youth Reach and Meath Comhairle na nÓg. The day was designed and facilitated by Youth Quake (formally Community Engagement Group). Workshops were delivered on Sexual Consent, Youth needs, Community needs. Topics of matter to young people were Transport, Consent, Volunteering and Youth Facilities. The event was attended and supported by National Youth Council of Ireland, Trócaire, Meath Volunteer Centre, Meath Partnership, Jigsaw Meath, Navan Credit Union, local Councilors and Shane Cassells TD. Following on from the Youth Participation Day Youth Quake members held consultations with Minister Damien English and Meath Co Council manager Jackie Maguire on the topic raised by young people on youth facilities and how to increase and improve access to youth facilities. Discussion on a new-build youth facility continue.

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18 youth members attended an inter-county event hosted by Youth Work Ireland Cavan Monaghan in Carrickmacross for LGBT young people to socialise in a supportive space. 19 young members attended the North East Youth Pride event organised by Dundalk Outcomers. 40 young people attend from LGBT groups in the NE region. Activities included Theatre, Music, Badge making, Busking, Fashion & Identity workshops, Resilience training, History of PRIDE. This provided the young people with support and a safe space to socialise and gain new experiences. Successful funding through the National LGBT Youth Strategy enable us to collaborate with Dundalk Outcomers to engage with parents of young Trans people to signpost supports that are available in Meath and Louth. This enabled the production and publication of a support booklet entitled ‘Trans Young People Talking’. Staff attended an information event at Belong2 centre to observe how we can further support young Trans people. As a celebration of Trans young people in our service 13 young members attended a Christmas Celebration in YWI Cavan Monaghan Castleblaney in a supportive and open environment. Navan Community Gardaí delivered a Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) workshop to the group on request from the youth members. They also offered advice on safety and coping with LGBT bullying. Jigsaw Meath invited the LGBT youth members to a Movie night in their premised to share in their consultation process on awareness of services offered by Jigsaw Meath. 19 members participated in a consultation on Sexual Health to inform the topic for Youth Work Ireland Week. The LGBT group were invited to have an input into the HSE’s Midlands, Louth & Meath Connecting for Life Action Plan. This involved discussion on strategies for the prevention of suicide. The group was noted in the Action Plan document.

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Our youth Community Engagement Group (CEG) implemented a new Waste Management Plan for the youth centre which resulted in designated recycling and other waste bins. Following a presentation to the Board of Directors in 2017 our LGBT group were successful in calling for the youth centre toilets to become gender neutral. New signs and procedures for use by different age groups were achieved in 2018. Following consultation with the Board, volunteers and young people by our newly formed Youth Quake we streamlined our online presence through website development, social media fora and designated staff email addresses.


ACHIEVEMENTS AND PERFORMANCE (Continued)

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We were invited by Minister Helen McEntee along to the community consultation ‘A Future of Europe’ to address issues in relation to the impact of Brexit and the benefits of being an EU member. 5 young people attended with staff. In response to young people’s needs to understand their environment they collaborated with Trocaire on their sustainability initiative which would have an impact on their community. In collaboration with Cultur Migrant Centre and Navan Garda Station Youth Quake and staff promoted the services of the organisation. 6 volunteers participated in Jigsaw Meath’s ‘One Good Adult Self-care’ programme to acquire skills to enable to care for themselves in their role as volunteers. Networking and building relationships with Regional Youth Workers to enhance the programmes being delivered to young people nationally and locally. 5 Youth Quake members attend the launch of the Anti-Racism film produced by 18 young people from Mosney. This led on to a new initiative being developed for 2019 which is supported by the Department of Justice Community Integration Fund. It will include documenting their life journeys through drama, filming and photography. Staff facilitated workshops and activities at the Meath CYPSC and PPN youth event entitled ‘Being Young in Meath’. 80 young people engaged in consultations and questionnaires relating to what it’s like being a young person in Meath today.

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To ensure our young people and volunteers receive professional training and support staff undertook a variety of training and delivery throughout 2018 – Child Protection Train the Trainer, 2nd year degree in Community & Youth Work, Wellness & Recovery Plan (WRAP), graduation in QQI Level 5 Youth Work, Youth Resilience Training, First Aid, Coder Dojo, LGBT Awareness, Leargas/Erasmus programmes, Outside-In training. 13 young LGBT people took part in our Youth Resilience training to support them in the lead up to exam time. Outside-In training, developed in partnership with NYCI, which encourages the transformation of hate was delivered to youth workers and volunteers working directly with young people in Meath, Dublin and Galway. Workshops on Social Media Safety Awareness and LGBT Anti-Bullying were delivered to local secondary schools. 30 young LGBT people received training in Resilience as part of the NE Youth Pride event.

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17 young musicians performed at our Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMA’s) selection day event, supported by 42 family, friends and music enthusiasts. The winning act along with 16 of their peers went on to perform at Youth Work Ireland’s National IYMA’s event in Croke Park. This programme was supported by local Co Councillors and local business. 8 Seasonal Camps were held with 88 young people aged 8 -13 attending in Navan and Oldcastle. 12 young people attended our Activities Taster session to progress to our 6 week programme in STEAM activities.


ACHIEVEMENTS AND PERFORMANCE (Continued)

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The Community Engagement Group changed their name to Youth Quake in July as they wanted to define who they are and what they represent. They created their own Mission Statement to ensure the voices of young people are heard. They presented to the Board their objectives for the year which includes the sourcing of new youth facilities and the development of the organisation’s website. They produced a 2-minute video and entered the Coca Cola Thank You fund competition. They will use the video as a promo for their group. Youth Quake took part in an RTE 1 radio interview with presenter Jackie Fox on an item leading up to the Pope’s visit and The World Meeting of Families. The item gathered the thoughts of young people on religion today. It was broadcast on national radio on 21st August 2018. The group participate in the National Youth Action for Sustainable Development Goals seminar in Iveagh House, Dublin facilitated by the UN Deputy Commissioner Dr Amina Mohammed. 2 Youth Quake members attended the Garden Party for Young People hosted by President Michael Higgins. Youth Quake participated in all 4 of NYCI’s Young Voices, which led to the development of their National Implementation Plan to be launched in 2020.

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We were successful in securing the tender for delivering the Meath Comhairle na nÓg programme towards the end of 2018. This is a Department of Children & Youth Affairs initiative. 33 young members from Meath secondary schools form the committee who will represent young people in Meath. The AGM was held in October and the topic for the next 2 years in Sexual Health, Identity and Body Image.

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10 students were supported in progression routes for college and 3rd level opportunities. References from youth workers provided thoughtful insights into young people’s qualities and abilities. Participation in our youth programmes enabled 2 young people to access and gain bursaries for BIMM (British Irish Modern Music Institute) in Dublin. Students on placement were supported with interview preparation for college and the workforce. YWIM supported the work placement of a student from Youth Reach Navan. Based on their learnings within the work placement and their development within the LGBT+ group, the student built a project based on LGBT+ rights. This has been selected for presentation in the European Parliament in Strasbourg which the student will attend in February 2019.


ABOUT OUR YOUTH CLUBS

Freaky Friday Winners of the Fuze ball and gifted disco globes, which were put to good use for the disco and pizza party held earlier this year. Great patience of young people who waited to pay their entry fee and head to the hall to throw a few shapes at the disco. Super organisational skills of policies on view for everyone to see. Positive fun loving volunteers providing opportunities for young people to try something different every month. Looking forward to the Talent Show next month. Navan Jnr/Snr Instilling to the young people the value of fun and giving. Winner of tablet, completion run by YWI Meath. Last May, Musical Bingo proceeds of €810 went to Special Olympics. Xmas box appeal, all hands on deck. To earlier this month raising funds “Be a Dancer for Cancer”. Bringing colour to St Patrick’s Day Parade. Encouraging the Snr group to take part. Visiting the cinema, behind the scene deals by Ger to get best value for the group. Ratoath Persistent and consistent is the founders of this club qualities, building from 2 young people to a loyal band of 12 young people. Offering an art and craft project weekly. Video games and a chance to hang out and chat with friends. With visits to the cinema at Christmas and Rathbeggan Lakes at Easter. The Night Club From the moment you enter the club it is all go. Guaranteed not to be bored when you can sing a long on the karaoke, or put on dancing shoes and dance. The enthusiastic volunteers keep everyone on their toes. It was the innovation of one leader that saw 4 young people train as young leaders so they can remain in the club. We as a team at YWI Meath, were honoured to be part of this as they moved into their new roles effortlessly and are carrying out their duties. Cula Bula What a great bunch of young people, a day out last year with Men’s Shed show the young people willingness to share. It was a great day for all. This loud and noisy crowd have fun and play lots of games, having access to the big selection in the room they play in. All know the rules of packing away one game before going for the next one. The young people get on well with the volunteers. The skills of one particular volunteer helps one non-verbal child communication through her abilities as an SNA. It allows for inclusion and shares the space with a sibling Carlanstown With a great space to run around, the young people either play ball games inside or pool, or indeed sit around and chat. They share the space and are happy to relinquish their youth club night for a disco held by another organisation. Because they are so community minded they also help out if and when needed. The young people were able to make it to our young leader training, meet other young people and learn of other great activities that are coming up Trim Youth Club Always finding great ways for the young people to engage such as designing a motif for the club. Or taking them to Causey Farm at Halloween. The fun loving laid back volunteers ensure the space is just right for them to get up and create a dance routine or just dance. They are very lucky and indeed brag about having an in-house DJ.


Plans for future periods Youth Work Ireland Meath consulted stakeholders in 2015 to inform strategic development up to 2020. Youth Work Ireland Meath endeavour to provide a quality youth service to young people and volunteers in Co Meath through -

Increasing the number of youth clubs and youth programmes in Meath in response to local need. Developing our Integrated Service Model to ensure that the needs of young people are served in a seamless and efficient manner. Creating a volunteer network within the organisation to widen and deepen the influence of volunteers in decisions about the organisation. Fostering links with other organisations and businesses. Working effectively with funding bodies to ensure that the resources required to deliver our services are available. Improving the recognition and understanding of the work of YWIM with the public.

To Dept of Children & Youth Affairs Youth Work Ireland CDYSB Meath Co Council Local Representatives Dept of Justice & Law Reform Involve Meath CultĂşr Mosney Jigsaw Meath Local businesses Local schools LMETB Navan Sports Development Project Outcomers

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To our wonderful volunteers and young people


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YWI Meath Annual Report 2018  

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