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Annual Report 2006 ation Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme Extern Forthspring Frontier Youth Trust GLYNI The Girls' Brigade Girls Friendly Society GirlGuiding UK, Province of Ulster Harmony Community Trust Hope UK Hostelling International International Voluntary Service Mencap Mulholland After Care Services Multi Cultural Resource Centre NIACRO National Council of YMCA's of Ireland Newry Volunteer Bureau NICH S NI Council for Ethnic Minorities NI Deaf Youth Association NI Forces Youth Service NI Scout Council NI Women’s Aid Federation – Young Person’s Development Project PHAB NI Inclusion Matters Playboard Presbyterian Youth Department The Prince's Trust Public Achievement The Rainbow Project Red Cross Youth St Columb’s Park House St John Ambulance Scout Foundation Northern Ireland Share Centre The Spirit of Enniskillen Trust Voice of Young People in Care VS B – Young Citizens In Action Wheelworks Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster Young Travellers Education Project - BTEDG YouthAction YouthCom Youth Initiatives Youth Link NI Belfast Education & Library Board NI Citizen’s Advice Bureau NSPCC NUS/USI North Eastern Education & Library Board The Police Service of Northern Ireland – Community Involvement Branch Probation Board for Northern Ireland South Eastern Education & Library Board Southern Education & Library Board Western Education & Library Board Action Mental Health – VOTE Project Army Cadet Force Association Baptist Youth Belfast Community Circus School Belfast Door Project Black Youth Network The Boys' Brigade Brook, Belfast The BYTES Project Cathog Catholic Guides of Ireland Centre for Global Education Challenge for Youth Children's Law Centre Chinese Welfare Association Church of Ireland Youth Council Cinemagic Clubs for Young People Contact Youth Co-operation Ireland Corrymeela Community Department of Youth & Childrens' Work - (Methodist Church) Disability Action Youth Project Down's Syndrome Association Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme Extern Forthspring Frontier Youth Trust GLYNI The Girls' Brigade Girls Friendly Society GirlGuiding UK, Province of Ulster Harmony Community Trust Hope UK Hostelling International International Voluntary Service Mencap Mulholland After Care Services Multi Cultural Resource Centre NIACRO National Council of YMCA's of Ireland Newry Volunteer Bureau NICH S NI Council for Ethnic Minorities NI Deaf Youth Association NI Forces Youth Service NI Scout Council NI Women’s Aid Federation – Young Person’s Development Project PHAB NI Inclusion Matters Playboard Presbyterian Youth Department The Prince's Trust Public Achievement The Rainbow Project Red Cross Youth St Columb’s Park House St John Ambulance Scout Foundation Northern Ireland Share Centre The Spirit of Enniskillen Trust Voice of Young People in Care VS B – Young Citizens In Action Wheelworks Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster Young Travellers Education Project - BTEDG YouthAction YouthCom Youth Initiatives Youth Link NI Belfast Education & Library Board NI Citizen’s Advice Bureau NSPCC NUS/USI North Eastern Education & Library Board The Police Service of Northern Ireland – Community Involvement Branch Probation Board for Northern Ireland South Eastern Education & Library Board Southern Education &


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Contents

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Chairperson’s Review

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Executive Committee Report

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YouthNet Staff and Volunteers

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Aims and Achievements 2005 - 2006

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Key Partnerships

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Statement of Financial Activities

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Balance Sheet

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YouthNet Membership 2005 -2006

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Chairperson’s Review

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t hardly seems like one year since the last AGM when the members of YouthNet invited me to become Chairperson of this organisation. It has been a fascinating year in many respects and very enjoyable. I have been on a voyage of discovery about the youth service and learned in the process that the term “youth service” is not universally favoured as the descriptive term for the work undertaken by all those involved in “youth work”. I have enjoyed meeting many new people and organisations and have been greatly impressed by the quality of the work and the dedication shown by all those who work in the sector. The sheer scale of voluntary work is staggering and often goes unrecognised, particularly in terms of its financial value in delivering government policies for young people. A good deal of the work of YouthNet and its Executive over the last year has been the debate about the Review of Public Administration; and it still has a long way to go! The Executive has taken a leading role in trying to shape the eventual outcome of the RPA, particularly the legislative framework underpinning future support for young people and their rights. We have made clear the need for the governance of the youth service to reflect the partnership arrangements that developed under the Youth Service Liaison Forum so that the Department of Education gives full recognition to both YouthNet and the NI Youth Forum as strategic partners. The work to develop an acceptable structure for the future has been agonisingly slow but we are hopeful that the significant input by the YouthNet representatives on

the RPA Project board will help ensure that the opportunity is not lost to create for the first time, detailed legislation that recognises the key role that youth work plays in the development of young people. The launch of the Big Deal funded through the Big Lottery Fund in September brings not only much needed resources to the children and young person’s sector but also a unique and very welcome partnership arrangement between key interests. The development of the programme has required YouthNet, NI YouthForum, Playboard, DE, the ELBs, the Youth Council NI and of course the Big Lottery Fund, to cooperate very closely together and to plan cohesive and integrated programmes to support children and young people through the various funding programmes. YouthNet also had to undergo very extensive financial and audit assessments to satisfy the Big Lottery Fund that the organisation was fit for purpose and the YouthNet staff team deserve much praise for all their hard work in securing this major injection of funds to the sector. We are grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for this support and I am confident it will make a real difference for children and young people throughout Northern Ireland. Emerging from the Youth Service Liaison Forum has been a range of collaborative partnerships between the voluntary and statutory sector. In particular, the Children and Young People’s Funding Package has enabled the sector to work in partnership to strengthen child protection arrangements and to promote more inclusive youth work across Northern Ireland. I have highlighted some of the major developments of

the past year, but the whole team in the Warehouse have of course been delivering very successful and welcome programmes and services to the entire membership. Whether it is providing information to the network, developing programmes or handling the massive and demanding European programmes, the staff of YouthNet delivers a very professional service and the Executive is deeply grateful to them. A key element of YouthNet’s success and that of the sector, is the quality and effectiveness of the contribution made by volunteers, from Executive Committee members to representatives on a broad range of committees and steering groups recruited from within the membership. We pay tribute to these individuals later in this report. Finally, I would like to thank my fellow members of the Executive for all their hard work over the last year and for their patience with me as I adjusted to this new role. In particular I would like to acknowledge the significant part that the outgoing Vice Chair Derek Capper played in the development of the organisation. I would also like to pay thanks to, Mark Hammond, Peter Hamill, Fergus McMorrow and Colette Slevin who leave the Executive this year. They have made a significant contribution to YouthNet and to youth work in Northern Ireland. I look forward to another challenging year.

Tony McCusker Chairperson

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Executive Committee Report The Directors The Directors who served the charity during the period 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006, were:

Northern Ireland Youth Forum

Company Secretary Denis Palmer

Chairperson Tony McCusker David McClarin

(Retired October 2005)

Vice Chairperson Derek Capper The Scout Association NI Marguerite Hunter Blair PlayBoard

X08/94 Charity registration number: Company registration number: NI 16988

(Retired June 2005)

Professional advisors

Honorary Treasurer Rainer Pagel

PHAB NI Inclusion Matters

Executive Committee Members Paul Curran Clubs for Young People (Retired October 2005) Public Achievement (Retired May 2005) Sabine Ponater Co-operation Ireland (Retired Nov 2005) Bronagh Cappa YouthLink NI Fergus McMorrow Peter Hamill Church of Ireland Youth Department Colette Slevin Mencap Mark Hammond National Council of YMCAs Ireland Jacqueline O’Loughlin PlayBoard Martin McMullan YouthAction NI Ross VeLure Rohalt Public Achievement George McClelland Boys Brigade

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Co-Opted Johnny Parks

Solicitors McKinty Wright Eagle Star House 5-7, Upper Queen’s Street Belfast BT1 6FS Auditors Fitch Audit Limited 27-29 Gordon Street, Belfast BT1 2LG Bankers Ulster Bank 161-163 Upper Lisburn Road Finaghy, Belfast BT10 OLJ


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Action Mental Health – VOTE Project Army Cadet Force Association Baptist Youth Belfast Community Circus School Belfast Door Project Black Youth Network The Boys' Brigade Brook, Belfast The BYTES Project Cathog Catholic Guides of Ireland Centre for Global Education Challenge for Youth Children's Law Centre Chinese Welfare Association Church of Ireland Youth Council Cinemagic Clubs for Young People Contact Youth Co-operation Ireland Corrymeela Community Department of Youth & Childrens' Work - (Methodist Church) Disability Action Youth Project Down's Syndrome Association Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme Extern Forthspring Frontier Youth Trust GLYNI The Girls' Brigade Girls Friendly Society GirlGuiding UK, Province of Ulster Harmony Community Trust Hope UK Hostelling International International Voluntary Service Mencap Mulholland After Care Services Multi Cultural Resource Centre NIACRO National Council of YMCA's of Ireland Newry Volunteer Bureau NICH S NI Council for Ethnic Minorities NI Deaf Youth Association NI Forces Youth Service NI Scout Council NI Women’s Aid Federation – Young Person’s Development Project PHAB NI Inclusion Matters Playboard Presbyterian Youth Department The Prince's Trust Public Achievement The Rainbow Project Red Cross Youth St Columb’s Park House St John Ambulance Scout Foundation Northern Ireland Share Centre The Spirit of Enniskillen Trust Voice of Young People in Care VS B – Young Citizens In Action Wheelworks Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster Young Travellers Education Project - BTEDG YouthAction YouthCom Youth Initiatives Youth Link NI Belfast Education & Library Board NI Citizen’s Advice Bureau NSPCC NUS/USI North Eastern Education & Library Board The Police Service of Northern Ireland – Community Involvement Branch Probation Board for Northern Ireland South Eastern Education & Library Board Southern Education & Library Board Western Education & Library Board Action Mental Health – VOTE Project Army Cadet Force Association Baptist Youth Belfast Community Circus School Belfast Door Project Black Youth Network The Boys' Brigade Brook, Belfast The BYTES Project Cathog Catholic Guides of Ireland Centre for Global Education Challenge for Youth Children's Law Centre Chinese Welfare Association Church of Ireland Youth Council Cinemagic Clubs for Young People Contact Youth Co-operation Ireland Corrymeela Community Department of Youth The YouthNet Executive Committee (who are the named Directors, for the purposes of the Companies Act) have pleasure presenting their report and financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2006. This report is prepared in accordance with the Memorandum and Articles of Association and the Statement of Recommended Practice – Accounting and Reporting by Charities.

Constitution and Principal Activities The company is incorporated under the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986, being a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital. It is governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association since its incorporation on 13 October 1983. YouthNet is a strategic network of Voluntary Youth Organisations. It exists to work with and advocate on behalf of its membership, to represent, support and develop their interests and aspirations and to promote the independent voice of the voluntary youth sector. YouthNet’s membership covers a wide range of organisations working with children and young people, from long established organisations through to newly emerged organisations. Member

organisations work with a diverse range of young people and vary in size, structure and capacity.

Management structure YouthNet is an umbrella body for voluntary youth organisations. It is managed by an Executive Committee. In addition three Honorary Office Bearers are elected to serve on the Committee: these being a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Honorary Treasurer. All the Executive Committee members have been registered as Company Directors.

Appointment of Board Members Executive Committee members and YouthNet Honorary Officers are nominated by respective member organisations and duly elected by YouthNet at its Annual General Meeting. Committee members are appointed for a period of three years. Executive Committee members elected to an Honorary Officers post may extend their tenure to a maximum of six years.

Financial Results The results for the year are set out in YouthNet’s financial statements. Published in this Annual Report is a copy of YouthNet’s Statement of

Financial Activities and Balance Sheet for the year ending 31 March 2006. A full set of accounts may be obtained from YouthNet offices on request.

Reserves Policy The Directors have established a policy whereby the unrestricted funds not committed or invested in tangible fixed assets (‘the free reserves’) held by the charity should be 3 months of the unrestricted resources expended, which equated to approximately £37,000 in general funds. At this level, the Directors feel that they would be able to continue the current activities of the charity, in the event of a significant drop in funding. It would obviously be necessary to consider how the funding would be replaced or activities changed. At present the free reserves are £24,400. The Directors will consider the best course of action available to YouthNet in achieving target funds over the next three years.

Risk Review The Directors have assessed the major risks to which the charity is exposed, in particular those related to the operations and finances of the company, and are satisfied that systems are in place to mitigate our exposure to the major risks.

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Executive Committee Report (continued) Fixed Assets The changes in fixed assets are explained in note 11 to the financial statements.

Statement of Directors’ responsibilities The Directors are responsible for keeping proper accounting records which disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the company and enable them to ensure that the financial statements comply with UK accounting standards. It is also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the company and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities. The Directors are required to prepare accounts for each financial year which give a true and fair view of the state of the affairs of the company and of the excess of its income over its expenditure for that period. In preparing those accounts, the Directors are required to: • Select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently • Make judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent

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• State whether applicable accounting standards have been followed, subject to any material departures disclosed and explained in the accounts • Prepare the accounts on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the company will continue in operation.

Small Company Exemptions Advantage has been taken in the preparation of the directors’ report of the special exemptions applicable to small companies conferred by Part VIII of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986. Approved by the board on 18 September 2006 and signed on its behalf by:

Company Secretary

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YouthNet Staff Team Director

Peace II Team

Denis Palmer

Jimmy Gillen Project Co-ordinator

Corporate Affairs Team Claire O’Hare Deputy Director (Corporate Affairs) Linda Gordon Communications Officer Jacqueline Keating Finance Officer (left May 06)

Membership Development Team Mary Field Deputy Director (Membership Development) Gillian McClay Development Officer – Capacity Building Elaine Campbell Development Officer – Policy (left June 06)

“A very supportive and helpful staff team”

Janet Pritchard Fieldwork Officer (retired June 06) Pauline Murray Project Officer Susan Conlon Project Officer Shona Ennis Administrator (Peace II/ Big Deal)

Big Deal Team Joseph Hawkins Programme Manager

Amanda Stephens LGBT Development Officer

Niamh O’Carolan Project Officer

Etain O’Kane LGBT Development Officer

Leeanne Holmes Finance Officer (Big Deal/Corporate)

Statutory partner In the wake of external reviews and exciting new programmes, a number of changes have been introduced with regard to staff roles and responsibilities this year: Joseph Hawkins, formally Peace II Programme Manager has taken on a new role managing the Big Deal Programme. Cross-sectoral initiatives such as Child Protection and Outreach have been taken on by Mary Field and Gillian McClay; and Amanda Stephens and Etain O’Kane respectively. While Janet Pritchard retired during the year, after 10 years as a Fieldwork Officer with the Peace Team. The staff and Executive Committee wish Janet a long and very happy retirement.

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“We recognise and value the contribution of our volunteers” (YouthNet) Fundamental to the work of YouthNet is the enormous contribution made by volunteers and we owe much to them. The organisation is enriched by the involvement of volunteers who alongside staff, so willingly continue to contribute their time, energy and expertise to a range of committees, sub-committees and to individual events. We would particularly like to thank the representatives from the Membership and Executive Committee who give so generously of their time and expertise to represent YouthNet on the following bodies: Youth Service Liaison Forum Tony McCusker Denis Palmer June Trimble Stephen Turner Paddy White

YouthNet Chairperson YouthNet YouthAction NI National Council of YMCAs YouthLink NI

Youth Work Training Board Brenda McGrann Claire Conlon Michele Taylor Colette Slevin Peter Hamill Marian Stewart

YouthLink NI YouthAction NI National Council of YMCAs Mencap Church of Ireland Catholic Guides of Ireland

JEDI Steering Group Paddy White Rainer Pagel

YouthLink NI PHAB NI Inclusion Matters

RPA Stakeholder’s Group Denis Palmer

YouthNet

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Mary Field

YouthNet Chairperson YouthAction NI

YouthNet

Youth Work Strategy Implementation Sub – Group Denis Palmer June Trimble

YouthNet YouthAction NI

Employers Group Denis Palmer Stephen Turner Brian McKee

YouthNet National Council of YMCAs Youthcom

Registration and Quality Assurance Mary Field Paul Curran

YouthNet Clubs For Young People

Volunteering and Youth Volunteering Lindsay Armstrong Mary Field Martin McMullan Drew Neill

VSB YouthNet YouthAction NI NI Youth Forum

Resource, Capital, Residential/Outdoor Education Denis Palmer Stephen Turner

YouthNet National Council of YMCAs

Child Protection Sub-group Mary Field

RPA Project Board Tony McCusker June Trimble

RPA Communications Group

YouthNet

Research and Policy Denis Palmer Siobhan Craig Caroline Breakey

YouthNet Prince’s Trust YouthAction NI

Outreach Co-ordinating Group Denis Palmer June Trimble Stephen Turner

YouthNet YouthAction NI National Council of YMCAs


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Action Mental Health – VOTE Project Army Cadet Force Association Baptist Youth Belfast Community Circus School Belfast Door Project Black Youth Network The Boys' Brigade Brook, Belfast The BYTES Project Cathog Catholic Guides of Ireland Centre for Global Education Challenge for Youth Children's Law Centre Chinese Welfare Association Church of Ireland Youth Council Cinemagic Clubs for Young People Contact Youth Co-operation Ireland Corrymeela Community Department of Youth & Childrens' Work - (Methodist Church) Disability Action Youth Project Down's Syndrome Association Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme Extern Forthspring Frontier Youth Trust GLYNI The Girls' Brigade Girls Friendly Society GirlGuiding UK, Province of Ulster Harmony Community Trust Hope UK Hostelling International International Voluntary Service Mencap Mulholland After Care Services Multi Cultural Resource Centre NIACRO National Council of YMCA's of Ireland Newry Volunteer Bureau NICH S NI Council for Ethnic Minorities NI Deaf Youth Association NI Forces Youth Service NI Scout Council NI Women’s Aid Federation – Young Person’s Development Project PHAB NI Inclusion Matters Playboard Presbyterian Youth Department The Prince's Trust Public Acvievement The Rainbow Project Red Cross Youth St Columb’s Park House St John Ambulance Scout Foundation Northern Ireland Share Centre The Spirit of Enniskillen Trust Voice of Young People in Care VS B – Young Citizens In Action Wheelworks Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster Young Travellers Education Project - BTEDG YouthAction YouvhCom Youth Initiatives Youth Link NI Belfast Education & Library Board NI Citizen’s Advice Bureau NSPCC NUS/USI North Eastern Education & Library Board The Police Service of Northern Ireland – Community Involvement Branch Probation Board for Northern Ireland South Eastern Education & Library Board Southern Education & Library Board Western Education & Library Board Action Mental Health – VOTE Project Army Cadet Force Association Baptist Youth Belfast Community Circus School Belfast Door Project Black Youth Network The Boys' Brigade Brook, Belfast The BYTES Project Cathog Catholic Guides of Ireland Centre for Global Education Challenge for Youth Children's Law Centre Chinese Welfare Association Church of Ireland Youth Council Cinemagic Clubs for Young People Contact Youth Co-operation Ireland Corrymeela Community YCNI International Committee Peter Hamill Colin Henderson Paul Curran Geraldine Linford Jackie Balmer Gary Rogers

Church of Ireland Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Clubs for Young People Girlguiding Ulster Centre for Global Education The Boys’ Brigade

YCNI Geo-Mapping Denis Palmer

YouthNet

Joint Government / Voluntary and Community Sector Forum Denis Palmer June Trimble

YouthNet YouthAction NI

Child Protection Regional Co-Ordination Forum Mary Field

YouthNet

Peter McCartney Chloe Hemphill Geraldine Stinton

PlayBoard Girls Brigade YMCA

Youth Education Social Inclusion Partnership Denis Palmer Joe Hawkins

YouthNet YouthNet

Belfast City Council Youth Panel Denis Palmer

YouthNet

VSNTO – UK Trustee Standards Implementation Group Mary Field

YouthNet

Governance Practice Group Claire O’Hare

YouthNet

ICT Consortium NI Linda Gordon

YouthNet

Curriculum Development Unit Joe Hawkins Paddy White

YouthNet YouthLink NI

Linda Gordon

NGO Forum Denis Palmer

YouthNet YouthNet (Chair) PlayBoard

YouthNet

Youth Achievement Awards Panel Suzanne Thompson

Under 10s Panel Denis Palmer Jacqueline O Loughlin

NI Youth Information Panel / Eurodesk Co-ordinators Group

Young Citizens in Action

Joint Consultative Forum Education Sector Mary Field Elaine Campbell

YouthNet YouthNet

King George VI Council Eric Rainey Alex Hunter Frank Hood

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award The Boys’ Brigade YouthNet

King George VI Youth Awards Panel Linda Leonard Lindsay Taylor Ciaran McGrath Evelyn Waring

YouthNet VSB The Scout Association Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

SELB Youth Committee Linda Gordon Michele Taylor Colette Murray Elizabeth Forbes

YouthNet National Council of YMCAs Voluntary Youth Unit The Girls’ Brigade

Belfast City Council Consultative Forum Amanda Stephens

YouthNet

Keeping Safe Trainers Co-ordinating Group Gillian McClay

YouthNet

University Course Consultative Panel (UUJ) Denis Palmer

YouthNet

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Aims and Achievements Introduction YouthNet works with and for the voluntary youth sector in Northern Ireland by representing the views of the sector to government and policy makers and by providing a range of information and support to member organisations. In 2005 we published our strategic plan setting out our key aims and priorities for the next three years. The following pages provide an overview of our achievements against these priorities over the past year. During the year we carried out a review of membership development services to assist YouthNet to review, evaluate and plan for the future development of the Membership Development unit 2006 – 2008. Undertaken by external consultants the review involved the process of research, analysis and consultation with YouthNet’s membership, statutory partners, Executive Committee and staff team. The review process identified and examined a number of issues:

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Need for the unit; The services provided; Added value; and Cost effectiveness.

Future plans outlined in this report take cognisance of the recommendations of the review. The Review process clearly highlights the value of the work and support offered by the Membership Development Unit. Members and statutory partners clearly recognised the value of the work of the Unit and its work will continue to grow and develop as Members come to terms with the changes which are imminent in the external environment. The nature of the demands will continue to require the Unit’s acknowledged level of expertise operating at strategic and operational levels. This will require additional resources and a re-focusing of the staff team to ensure that the response continues to be appropriate and effective. A number of quotations attributable to member organisations, statutory partners and Executive Committee members, documented during the Review process are published throughout this report.


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“Leading the way in policy and advocacy” (Member) Aim 1: Provide an effective voice for the voluntary youth sector “We seek to represent the interests and aspirations of the voluntary youth sector through influencing policy, campaigning and acting as an advocate on behalf of the sector.” PRIORITY 1 Engage with policy makers, government departments, agencies and other voluntary sector bodies on issues relevant to young people. Achieved YouthNet continues to represent the voluntary youth sector on a range of bodies including the Youth Service Liaison Forum and the Joint Voluntary/Statutory Forum taking forward issues on behalf of the sector (see pg 20-21). PRIORITY 2 Respond to policy initiatives and legislation that may have an impact on young people. Achieved In consultation with the membership we have responded to a range of policy proposals including the Draft Strategy for Children and Young People in Northern Ireland, the Russell Commission, Review of Public Administration, Part V of the Police Act, Draft Disability Order and the Review of Charities Administration.

We held a Members conference focusing on issues impacting on the sector including: • • • • • • •

Youth Work Strategy ‘Positive Steps’ Review of Public Administration Review of Charities Administration Child Protection Governance SORPS 2005

PRIORITY 3 Work towards the development and implementation of a Youth Work Strategy for Northern Ireland ensuring the needs of the voluntary youth sector are prioritised. Achieved YouthNet is represented on all of the working groups set up to implement the Youth Work Strategy and is also represented on the Implementation Group which sets out the annual operational plan for the Strategy.

YouthNet acts as the lead partner for the Under 10s Panel and has facilitated the group to develop a position paper on under 10s work which is currently being finalised. PRIORITY 4 Work towards a volunteer strategy for the youth sector, including a strategy for youth volunteering. Raise the profile of volunteering within the youth sector. Achieved YouthNet is also the lead partner in the Youth Work Strategy Volunteering Working Group. The group commissioned a scoping study on young people volunteering in the youth sector which will be used to inform the development of a youth volunteering strategy.

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Aims and Achievements PRIORITY 5 Expand the membership base to include those organisations working with young people at sub-regional and local level. Partly Achieved 4 new members have joined YouthNet during the year. A working group of the Executive Committee has been established to review membership structures in light of RPA developments. PRIORITY 6 Increase awareness of and recognition for the contribution of the voluntary youth sector to social capital in Northern Ireland. Achieved The Faith Based Interest Group has been facilitated to carry out initial research into the contribution of faith based youth work to social capital in Northern Ireland and are currently being facilitated to progress the recommendations of the research report.

ALSO THIS YEAR... • Worked closely with the Department of Education and other bodies to strengthen the role and position of the voluntary youth sector and influence the development of new legislation emerging from the Review of Public Administration. We have achieved this through representation on RPA working groups set up by DE and through the preparation of voluntary youth sector position papers. • Participated in the Youth Council for Northern Ireland funding review. • On behalf of the Youth Service Liaison Forum successfully made a £4m bid to the Big Lottery Young People’s Fund. The Big Deal programme will develop age specific participation strategies to complement the Youth Work Strategy participation priorities. • The programme will be delivered in partnership with ELBs, PlayBoard and the NI Youth Forum. • Strategy development will also be complemented by a £1m small grants programme for children and young people administered by YouthNet.

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• YouthNet joined a DSD working group set up to develop a volunteering strategy for Northern Ireland. FUTURE PLANS INCLUDE... • In the coming year the Review of Public Administration will continue to be a major focus of our work as we seek to position the voluntary youth sector within emerging new structures. • Development of membership structures to provide access for community based youth organisations at sub-regional and local level. • Further development of interest groups across the membership. • The presentation of a position paper on under 10s to the Youth Service Liaison Forum. • To facilitate the volunteering working group to develop responses to youth volunteering issues.


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“Provides much needed support and encouragement to Members” (Member) Aim 2: Support our members to develop best practice and quality standards “We aim to support our members to develop their role and capacity to deliver quality services to young people” PRIORITY 1 Development of a communications Strategy

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Partly Achieved We have continued to develop and strengthen communication systems and structures throughout the year, both internal and external, in response to priorities set out in YouthNet’s Strategic Plan 05-08. The development of a formal Communications Strategy was postponed pending the outcome of external reviews and new initiatives. PRIORITY 2 Provide increased access to information through the web-site, electronic mailings and relevant publications. Achieved A number of actions were undertaken in relation to this:

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weekly email bulletin Dissemination of briefing papers on a range of relevant issues Website design updated to bring it up to W3C AA Standard of accessibility Regular email bulletins to member organisations Representation on Youth information Panel and the Eurodesk Network Provision of range of IT training courses to member organisations.

PRIORITY 3 Provide capacity building support to members with a particular focus on governance, compliance with legislation and child protection. Achieved On behalf of the Youth Work Training Board and in partnership with the Youth Council for Northern

Ireland, YouthNet managed and administered a Training Bursary Scheme offering funding aimed at senior managers within the voluntary youth sector. This was a response to a Training Needs Analysis and 33 Management Training Bursaries were taken up by managers at senior and supervisory management level from a diverse range of organisations: – – – – –

Uniformed; church based; organisations specialising in work with disaffected young people; organisations specialising EDI and Community Relations work; and disability organisations.

The training topics covered by the selected courses include Leadership, Management, Financial Management, Human Resources and Supervision.

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Aims and Achievements 76% of the participants on the courses will gain qualifications to include: • • • • • •

NIOCN levels 2 & 3 NVQ’s Certificates Diplomas BA’s Msc’s.

Achieved Governance We participated in the steering group and consulted with our members on the UK Trustee and Management Committees National Occupational Standards which were finalised during the year. We were also represented on the Governance Practice Group which worked to develop an online guide for management committees. We continue to support members to develop good practice in governance and delivered tailored governance training to member organisations.

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We are actively involved in promoting these resources to the membership as part of good selection, recruitment, induction and training for governance. Child Protection The team of accredited ‘Keeping Safe’ child protection trainers, co-ordinated and supported through YouthNet, have been extremely busy cascading training throughout their own organisation and in the wider sector. To date more than 800 certificates, including disability and residential modules have been issued to volunteers and staff participating in the training. Equality The ShOut project continues to provide awarenessraising training across the statutory and voluntary sectors on issues impacting on young people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Transgender (LGBT).

The project also works in partnership with others in relation to: • • • •

Resources and Research Support and Development of LGBT youth groups Provision of training and Information Engaging in policy development.

ALSO THIS YEAR... We are currently engaged with our statutory partners in the Education and Library Boards and voluntary sector organisations to deliver programmes under the Children and Young People’s Funding Package. • Youth Outreach Initiative -

Disability, Gender Equality Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender

• Youth Sector Child Protection Initiative.


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Young Person’s Development Project PHAB NI Inclusion Matters Playboard Presbyterian Youth Department The Prince's Trust Public Achievement The Rainbow Project Red Cross Youth St Columb’s Park House St John Ambulance Scout Foundation Northern Ireland Share Centre The Spirit of Enniskillen Trust Voice of Young People in Care VS B – Young Citizens In Action Wheelworks Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster Young Travellers Education Project - BTEDG YouthAction YouthCom Youth Initiatives Youth Link NI Belfast Education & Library Board NI Citizen’s Advice Bureau NSPCC NUS/USI North Eastern Education & Library Board The Police Service of Northern Ireland – Community Involvement Branch Probation Board for Northern Ireland South Eastern Education & Library Board Southern Education & Library Board Western Education & Library Board Action Mental Health – VOTE Project Army Cadet Force Association Baptist Youth Belfast Community Circus School Belfast Door Project Black Youth Network The Boys' Brigade Brook, Belfast The BYTES Project Cathog Catholic Guides of Ireland Centre for Global Education Challenge for Youth Children's Law Centre Chinese Welfare Association Church of Ireland Youth Council Cinemagic Clubs for Young People Contact Youth Co-operation Ireland Corrymeela Community Department of Youth & Childrens' Work - (Methodist Church) Disability Action Youth Project Down's Syndrome Association Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme Extern Forthspring Frontier Youth Trust GLYNI The Girls' Brigade Girls Friendly Society GirlGuiding UK, Province of Ulster Harmony Community Trust Hope UK Hostelling International International Voluntary Service Mencap Mulholland After Care Services Multi Cultural Resource Centre NIACRO National Council of YMCA's of Ireland Newry Volunteer Bureau NICH S NI Council for Ethnic Minorities NI Deaf Youth Association NI Forces Youth Service NI Scout Council NI Women’s Aid Federation – Young Person’s Development Project PHAB NI Inclusion Matters Playboard Presbyterian Youth Department The Prince's Trust Public Achievement The Rainbow Project Red Cross Youth St Columb’s Park House St John Ambulance Scout Foundation Northern Ireland Share Centre The Spirit of Enniskillen Trust Voice of Young People in Care VS B – Young Citizens In Action Wheelworks Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster Young Travellers Education Project - BTEDG YouthAction YouthCom Youth Initiatives FUTURE PLANS INCLUDE... A comprehensive audit and evaluation of current communication systems and processes will be carried out this year and a formal Communications Strategy developed. In partnership with ELBs we will establish and co-ordinate a team of Accredited Child Protection trainers to work across the statutory and voluntary sectors. In partnership with the Youth Council for Northern Ireland we will develop a programme aimed at strengthening governance. The Management Training Bursary Scheme will also continue to operate over the coming year. Further development of the Youth Outreach Initiative in partnership with the LGBT Consortium, Disability Consortium, YouthAction, PHAB NI Inclusion Matters and the Outreach Central Co-ordinating Group.

“Provides high quality, timely support” (Member)

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Aims and Achievements Aim 3: Ensure Organisational effectiveness YouthNet seeks to be effective as an organisation and act as a catalyst for the development of good practice within the voluntary youth sector. We recognise the contribution of staff and volunteers and are committed to being open, transparent and accountable in achieving results. PRIORITY 1 Implement Investors in People quality standard system Achieved YouthNet received formal recognition as an Investor In People on 25 August 2005. The following staff were supported throughout the year to successfully complete their respective courses: Joseph Hawkins and Gillian McClay - BSc Honours degree Course in Community Youth Work; Amanda Stephens – Effective Leadership and Management; Etain O’Kane – Certificate in Community Development; Mary Field - Masters in Voluntary Sector Management; and Claire O’Hare - Masters in Administration and Law. PRIORITY 2 Continue to update personnel policies and procedures in line with best practice and legislation

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Achieved Throughout the year existing HR policies and procedures were updated in line with current legislation. A number of new policies and procedures have also been developed and passed (Redundancy policy; System Administrator Policy; Confidentiality Policy; Whistle-Blowing Policy; YouthNet Staff Code of Conduct and YouthNet Trustees Code of Conduct).

A formal appraisal system was developed and circulated to staff and training undertaken by the Senior Management Team in relation to discipline, grievance and managing absence. Appraisal training was postponed pending the outcome of external reviews and new initiatives and the arrival of new staff. PRIORITY 4 Undertake a skills audit of Executive Committee

The staff handbook has been made available electronically through YouthNet’s intranet system ensuring that up-to-date information is accessible to staff as required.

Achieved Audit completed and used to inform recruitment of new Committee members AGM 2006.

PRIORITY 3 Develop and implement a performance management system

PRIORITY 5 Ensure systems are in place for effective support of governance

Partly Achieved Staff work plans were integrated into the current performance management system to operate in line with SLA/ operational planning timelines.

Achieved Support systems have been developed to ensure that YouthNet’s governance is involved and fully informed at all times.


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“YouthNet acts as a catalyst based on its capacity and credibility” (Member) Induction processes have been enhanced in recognition of newly developed National Occupational Standards for Trustees and the Code for Good Governance. Reporting mechanisms and accountability structures have also been further developed to accommodate new responsibilities such as The Big Deal, Outreach and Child Protection. PRIORITY 6 Further develop management, information and internal systems to enhance efficiency and effectiveness Achieved A number of actions were undertaken in relation to this: • the development of policies aimed at improving the management and security of electronic data; • Continued embedding and support of ICT systems. • Development of front-line ICT support system for staff. • Staff IT skills audit completed. • organisational Risk Management Plan updated and recommendations implemented;

• SORP 2005 Accounting and Reporting for Charities has been fully implemented this year, resulting in a more comprehensive overview of YouthNet’s financial performance and progress throughout the year.

during the year to share expertise, policies, procedures and best practice. • As part of the Big Deal a fully interactive website has been produced to promote and facilitate strategic and small grant programmes.

ALSO THIS YEAR... • External staffing reviews (Membership Development Team and Peace II Team) and new initiatives (Outreach and Child Protection) have provided the opportunity of job enrichment and enlargement to a number of staff. Nine job descriptions have been reviewed and additional training identified as appropriate.

FUTURE PLANS INCLUDE.… • Staff are working closely with EG Consulting to create a comprehensive database that will monitor Big Deal progress against planned outcomes and provide effective data towards the identification of future initiatives, policy development and priorities.

• An internal audit committee has been established and respective procedures introduced in response to new initiatives and responsibilities.

• During the coming year we aim to consolidate our IIP award developing formal training and development plans for individual staff in line with YouthNet Strategic and Operational plans.

• YouthNet has been subject to comprehensive Due Diligence checks by the Big Lottery to ensure that the organisation was ‘fit for purpose’ prior to being designated as an Award Partner for the Big Lottery Young People’s Fund.

• Appraisal training is to take place over coming months to allow performance management and review policies to be implemented in full.

• YouthNet’s Corporate Affairs Team have also worked with a number of member organisations

• Efforts to acquire new premises are ongoing and we anticipate moving within the year.

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Peace II: Measure 2.2 ‘Developing Children and Young People’ 30 June 2006 marks the end date for all Peace II Projects, and a process of closure is currently under way. 62 Non-Formal Education sector organisations out of 141 applicants were successful in achieving Letters of Offer, totalling £7.5m. From these a total of 11,528 children & young people were assisted, with 5,898 receiving accreditation, which is an outstanding performance for such a stringent, demanding and highly competitive programme. A number of evaluations on the impact and the contribution of youth education projects are in progress. In addition YouthNet has attempted to quantify the type of change and development that was taking place, ‘A report on the distinctive contribution of youth education projects to addressing the legacy of the conflict, taking opportunities arising from peace and promoting reconciliation’. Project Promoters were asked five questions indicative of change and development in respect of beneficiaries understanding of and attitudes to their own and ‘other’ communities; and the responses were very positive:

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Without funding “this work couldn’t have taken place”. It afforded the Project Promoters the opportunity to engage and maintain the involvement of young people “from very deprived areas at little or no cost to them” providing “residential opportunities away from the school / community environment”, an aspect of Promoters’ work which was identified previously as being crucial to the success of Projects in promoting and bringing about change and development in young people’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviour. • 92% of Projects indicated that beneficiaries have a better/ greater understanding of their own community identity, now than at the beginning of the funded Project. • 92% of Projects indicated that beneficiaries are now more willing within their own community setting to participate in discussions about communities different from their own.

• 91% of Projects indicated that beneficiaries are now more willing to meet with members of ‘Other’ communities. • 75% of Project Promoters indicated that beneficiaries are now more willing to engage in discussion of contentious issues with members of ‘Other’ communities. Project Promoters also identified a range of obstacles which impacted on the experience and success of working with children and young people, but they all acknowledged that funding was the single biggest enabler in their efforts to address the legacy of the conflict, take opportunities arising from peace and promote reconciliation, mutual understanding and respect. A copy of the full report will be available at YouthNet’s AGM, October 2006.

Peace II Extension • 89% of Projects indicated that beneficiaries now have a better/greater understanding of ‘Other’ Communities in Northern Ireland.

The closure of Peace II brought the Peace II Extension, running from June 2006 to June 2008 with an allocated budget of £4.8m. 30 Non-Formal

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& Library Board Southern Education & Library Board Western Education & Library Board Action Mental Health – VOTE Project Army Cadet Force Association Baptist Youth Belfast Community Circus School Belfast Door Project Black Youth Network The Boys' Brigade Brook, Belfast The BYTES Project Cathog Catholic Guides of Ireland Centre for Global Education Challenge for Youth Children's Law Centre Chinese Welfare Association Church of Ireland Youth Council Cinemagic Clubs for Young People Contact Youth Co-operation Ireland Corrymeela Community Department of Youth & Childrens' Work - (Methodist Church) Disability Action Youth Project Down's Syndrome Association Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme Extern Forthspring Frontier Youth Trust GLYNI The Girls' Brigade Girls Friendly Society GirlGuiding UK, Province of Ulster Harmony Community Trust Hope UK Hostelling International International Voluntary Service Mencap Mulholland After Care Services Multi Cultural Resource Centre NIACRO National Council of YMCA's of Ireland Newry Volunteer Bureau NICH S NI Council for Ethnic Minorities NI Deaf Youth Association NI Forces Youth Service NI Scout Council NI Women’s Aid Federation – Young Person’s Development Project PHAB NI Inclusion Matters Playboard Presbyterian Youth Department The Prince's Trust Public Achievement The Rainbow Project Red Cross Youth St Columb’s Park House St John Ambulance Scout Foundation Northern Ireland Share Centre The Spirit of Enniskillen Trust Voice of Young People in Care VS B – Young Citizens In Action Wheelworks Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster Young Travellers Education Project - BTEDG YouthAction YouthCom Youth Initiatives Youth Link NI Belfast Education & Library Board NI Citizen’s Advice Bureau NSPCC NUS/USI North Eastern Education & Library Board The Police Service of Northern Ireland – Community Involvement Branch Probation Board for Northern Ireland South Eastern Education & Library Board Southern Education & Library Board Western Education & Library BoardAction Mental Health – VOTE Project Army Cadet Force Association Baptist Youth Belfast Community Circus School Belfast Door Project Black Youth Network The Boys' Brigade Brook, Belfast The BYTES Project Cathog Catholic Guides of Ireland Centre for Global Education Challenge for Youth Children's Law Centre Chinese Welfare Association Church of Ireland Youth Council Cinemagic Clubs for Young People Education Applicants were approved for funding with a committed amount of £2.8m The Peace Team are now working with the Project Promoters, [some new to Peace] in developing their financial & non-financial controls & procedures.

The Programme will go forward to Brussels in January 2007 for adoption, with a possible start date of spring / summer 2007. It is anticipated that money will be on the ground before the end of Peace II Extension, avoiding a possible Gap Programme.

Peace III Development of a Peace III Programme is continuing with public consultations taking place in the autumn. €200m ERDF will be allocated for Peace III, rising to €600m, £420m sterling with the Government contribution added. The eligible activities will include actions designed to contribute to promoting social & economic stability in the regions concerned [Northern Ireland & Border Counties], notably by actions to promote cohesion between communities. In general this may include activities under all or some of the following: Building Positive Relationships, Acknowledging & Dealing with the Past, and Supporting Social & Economic Change.

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Key Partnerships and Collaborative Working

Youth Service Liaison Forum Department of Education

Statutory Youth Sector

YOUTHNET Voluntary Networks

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“YouthNet promotes collaboration and partnership” Statutory partner Department of Education (DE) – – – – –

RPA Project Board RPA Stakeholder’s Group RPA Communications Group Youth Education Social Inclusion Partnership Joint Consultative Forum Education Sector.

Youth Service Liaison Forum • Department of Education; Education and Library Boards; Education and Training Inspectorate; Youth Council for Northern Ireland; Northern Ireland Youth Forum – Big Deal Programme – YWS Implementation Sub-Group – YWS Research and Policy – YWS Resource, Capital, Residential/ YWS Outdoor Education – YWS Volunteering and Youth Volunteering – YWS Registration and Quality Assurance – YWS Employer’s Group – Youth Work Training Board – Under 10’s panel – YCNI International Committee – YCNI Geo-mapping – JEDI Steering Group – Curriculum Development Unit.

Statutory Youth Sector • Education and Library Boards (Children and Young People’s Funding Package) – Outreach Co-ordinating Group – Child Protection Sub-Group.

• Volunteer Development Agency – Governance Practice Group – Executive Committee. • Non-Governmental Organisations Forum.

• Youth Council for Northern Ireland – Management Training Bursaries – ICT Training Bursaries – Governance Development.

Voluntary Networks • Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) – Joint Government Voluntary Community Sector Forum – Positive Steps Monitoring Group – Steering Group Support Services for the Voluntary and Community Sector. • The Voluntary Youth Network – National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS); Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services (CWVYS); Youthlink Scotland; National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI).

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Voluntary Youth Network for Northern Ireland Statement of Financial Activities For the Year Ended 31 March 2006 Note

Unrestricted Funds £’000

Restricted Funds £’000

Total Funds 2006 £’000

Total Funds 2005 Restated £’000

2 3 4

124,235 5,810 -

1,851

124,235 5,810 1,851

128,045 5,904 2,581

5

-

567,266

567,266

356,584

1,535

-

1,535

2,527

131,580

569,117

700,697

495,641

Incoming Resources Incoming resources from generated funds: Voluntary income Activities for generating funds Investment income Incoming resources from charitable activities: Other incoming resources: Total incoming resources:

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Costs of generating voluntary income:

7

12,941

10,552

23,493

16,052

Charitable activities:

8

108,424

484,517

592,941

565,900

Governance costs:

9

26,928

12,990

39,918

37,576

Total resources expended:

148,293

508,059

656,352

619,528

Net movement in funds:

(16,713)

61,058

44,345

(123,887)

Reconciliation of funds: Total funds brough forward

47,299

238,509

285,808

409,695

Total funds carried forward:

30,586

299,567

330,153

285,808

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Balance Sheet As at 31 March 2006 The notes on pages 9 to 14 form part of these financial statements (available on request). 2006 Note Fixed Assets Tangible assets Current Assets Stock Debtors Cash at bank and in hand Creditors: amounts falling due within one year

£

11 12 13

£

2005 £

19,086

£ 30,528

650 71,785 276,825

650 127,463 158,038

349,260

286,151

These financial statements were approved by the members of the board on the 18 September 2006 and are signed on its behalf by:

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(38,193)

(30,871)

Net current assets

311,067

255,280

Total assets less current liabilities

330,153

285,808

299,567

238,509

6,130 24,456

14,032 33,267

330,153

285,808

Funds Restricted Funds Unrestricted Funds - Designated - General

These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the special provisions for small companies under Part VIII of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986.

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Youthnet Membership 2006

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Full Members

• Contact Youth

• Action Mental Health – VOTE Project

• Co-operation Ireland

• Army Cadet Force Association

• Corrymeela Community

• Baptist Youth

• Department of Youth & Childrens' Work (Methodist Church)

• Belfast Community Circus School

• Disability Action Youth Project

• Belfast Door Project

• Down's Syndrome Association

• The Boys' Brigade

• Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

• Brook, Belfast

• Extern

• The BYTES Project

• Forthspring

• Cathog

• Frontier Youth Trust

• Catholic Guides of Ireland

• GLYNI

• Centre for Global Education

• The Girls' Brigade

• Challenge for Youth

• Girls Friendly Society

• Children's Law Centre

• GirlGuiding UK, Province of Ulster

• Chinese Welfare Association

• Harmony Community Trust

• Church of Ireland Youth Council

• Hope UK

• Cinemagic

• Hostelling International

• Clubs for Young People

• International Voluntary Service


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“A mutually supportive relationship exists between YouthNet and its Member groups” (Member) • Mencap

• The Rainbow Project

• Mulholland After Care Services

• Red Cross Youth

• Multi Cultural Resource Centre

• St Columb’s Park House

• NIACRO

• St John Ambulance

• National Council of YMCA's of Ireland

• Scout Foundation Northern Ireland

• Newry Volunteer Bureau

• Share Centre

• NICHS

• The Spirit of Enniskillen Trust

• NI Council for Ethnic Minorities

• Voice of Young People in Care

• NI Deaf Youth Association

• VSB – Young Citizens In Action

• NI Forces Youth Service

• Wheelworks

• NI Scout Council

• Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland

• Opportunity Youth

• Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster

• PHAB NI Inclusion Matters

• Young Travellers Education Project - BTEDG

• PlayBoard

• YouthAction NI

• Positive Futures

• YouthCom

• Presbyterian Youth Department

• Youth Initiatives

• The Prince's Trust

• Youth Link NI.

• Public Achievement

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Youthnet Membership 2006 Affiliate Members • Belfast City Council • Belfast Education & Library Board • NI Citizen’s Advice Bureau • NSPCC • NUS/USI • North Eastern Education & Library Board • The Police Service of Northern Ireland – Community Involvement Branch • Probation Board for Northern Ireland • South Eastern Education & Library Board • Southern Education & Library Board • Western Education & Library Board.

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ation Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme Extern Forthspring Frontier Youth Trust GLYNI The Girls' Brigade Girls Friendly Society GirlGuiding UK, Province of Ulster Harmony Community Trust Hope UK Hostelling International International Voluntary Service Mencap Mulholland After Care Services Multi Cultural Resource Centre NIACRO National Council of YMCA's of Ireland Newry Volunteer Bureau NICH S NI Council for Ethnic Minorities NI Deaf Youth Association NI Forces Youth Service NI Scout Council NI Women’s Aid Federation – Young Person’s Development Project PHAB NI Inclusion Matters Playboard Presbyterian Youth Department The Prince's Trust Public Achievement The Rainbow Project Red Cross Youth St Columb’s Park House St John Ambulance Scout Foundation Northern Ireland Share Centre The Spirit of Enniskillen Trust Voice of Young People in Care VS B – Young Citizens In Action Wheelworks Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster Young Travellers Education Project - BTEDG YouthAction YouthCom Youth Initiatives Youth Link NI Belfast Education & Library Board NI Citizen’s Advice Bureau NSPCC NUS/USI North Eastern Education & Library Board The Police Service of Northern Ireland – Community Involvement Branch Probation Board for Northern Ireland South Eastern Education & Library Board Southern Education & Library Board Western Education & Library Board Action Mental Health – VOTE Project Army Cadet Force Association Baptist Youth Belfast Community Circus School Belfast Door Project Black Youth Network The Boys' Brigade Brook, Belfast The BYTES Project Cathog Catholic Guides of Ireland Centre for Global Education Challenge for Youth Children's Law Centre Chinese Welfare Association Church of Ireland Youth Council Cinemagic Clubs for Young People Contact Youth Co-operation Ireland Corrymeela Community Department of Youth & Childrens' Work - (Methodist Church) Disability Action Youth Project Down's Syndrome Association Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme Extern Forthspring Frontier Youth Trust GLYNI The Girls' Brigade Girls Friendly Society GirlGuiding UK, Province of Ulster Harmony Community Trust Hope UK Hostelling International International Voluntary Service Mencap Mulholland After Care Services Multi Cultural Resource Centre NIACRO National Council of YMCA's of Ireland Newry ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We would like to thank the following organisations/bodies who have supported our work during the year: • Department of Education • Esmee Fairburn Foundation • Youth Council for Northern Ireland • The Big Lottery Fund

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YouthNet Annual Report 2006

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