Youth Council for Northern Ireland
Comhairle Ógra um Thuaisceart Éireann
Council o Youth for Norlin Airlan
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NI Assembly Education Committee – 04 March 2015

In his draft budget 2015-16, the Minister had indicated that the Youth Council would be subject to a 20% cut.  Since then we know that there has been a significant number of submissions from regional voluntary youth organisations, which we fund, highlighting the serious impact of this cut on the services which they provide to support frontline services.

The Minister has now decided to continue to apply a 20% cut to the Youth Council's budget in 2015/16, a decision which is entirely within his authority to make.  The Youth Council does not dispute that.  However, what has angered us is both the manner in which this was announced to the Assembly Education Committee on 04 March 2015 and the false premise on which it appears to have been based – that is, that the 18% of our total budget allocated to central operating costs equates simplistically to "administration".

In response to a letter from the Chairperson of the Youth Council, Máire Young, the Minister has agreed that his officials will meet the YCNI Chairperson and Chief Executive on 10 March 2015 in relation to these matters.

Appointment of 2 new members to the Board of the
Youth Council

These short-term appointments have been made on an emergency basis to ensure that the YCNI continues to run smoothly until longer term arrangements can be put in place.

Ms June Trimble is from Donaghadee and has been Chief Executive of YouthAction since 2000. June was awarded an MBE in the 2005 New Year's Honours for services to young people here.

Ms Trimble is also a Trustee with the Irish Youth Foundation (UK), a member of the Ulster University Course Consultative Committee and the Youth Service Liaison Forum. She has not undertaken any political activity during the past five years.

Mr Hugh Campbell is from Belfast and is a senior lecturer in community youth work at the Ulster University. Mr Campbell is also involved in sports coaching and currently contributes to Campbell College Rugby, Armagh GAA and QUB sport.

Mr Campbell does not hold any other public appointment and has not undertaken any political activity during the past five years.

  • Erasmus+
  • Mapping of Training
  • Framework for Effective Interventions

Erasmus+ Programme Guide

The Erasmus+ Programme Guide is an integral part of the 2015 Erasmus+ Call for Proposals. Organisations and institutions seeking funding in the framework of this call must comply with the conditions for participation and funding expressed in this Guide. The document provides information on: the priorities of the programme; the actions supported; the funding available for different actions; detailed information on participation.

Erasmus+ 2015 User Guide                Erasmus+ YCNI Summary Guide            

Guide on How to Apply                   Erasmus+ 2015 Deadlines           


for Mobility and Youth Dialogue projects

The European Commission is working to finalise forms for partnerships projects (KA2) and these will be uploaded as soon as they are available.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact:

Ecorys UK    T: 0845 199 2929    E:
British Council    T: 0161 957 7755    E:


The Youth Work Training Board is currently seeking to map the range of accredited and non-accredited training programmes currently being delivered across the youth work sector in Northern Ireland.

Once completed, this work will help in the development of a coherent training route for the youth work sector and will also help to begin the process of recognising and valuing the wide range of non-accredited training that exists in the sector.

I would be grateful if you would complete the templates with all the training programmes currently offered by your organisation and send to  You may be contacted in the near future to clarify some of the information supplied.

YWTB Qualifications Scoping Exercise

A FRAMEWORK FOR EFFECTIVE INTERVENTIONS is based on the learning from the Youth Works programme. It is a practical guide to the implementation of a personal and social development programme, rooted in a youth work approach, which has proven successful in identifying and engaging young people with the complex needs and issues.

Although the Youth Works programme was initially designed for work with young people not in education, training or employment, the Framework has been developed in such a way that it can be adapted and transferred to work with other young people experiencing compound difficulties and blockages to realising their potential.


YCNI Response to
DE Draft Budget

International/Euro E:Bulletins

Erasmus+ 'Youth Chapter'
Application Clinic

Causeway UK Applications

Geomapping 2013
Statistical Report

Youth Work+ Employability

Priorities for Youth

Towards a Youth Work Workforce Development Strategy

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (NI) Statutory Rules

Profile of the Youth Work Workforce in NI

Customer Service Complaints Procedure

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